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Anti-gay pastor smears Paris survivors: Did you ‘love the devil’s works’ while your friends were killed?

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The anti-gay Iowa pastor who has hosted several Republican presidential candidates railed against survivors of the terrorist attack inside a Parisian music hall on his radio show, Right Wing Watch reported.

“I think we need to ask concert-goers, at least those who survived, ‘Did you love the devil and did you love the devil’s works as your friends were being shot up in that massacre?'” Kevin Swanson said on Thursday. “I think we ought to ask the question right now. And I’m very serious, I’m deadly serious asking this question.”

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Swanson was alluding to the deaths of 89 people inside the Bataclan concert hall last Friday. The attack, which took place during a performance by the US rock group Eagles of Death Metal, which he called a “providential irony.”

“These are the works of the devil, the mass murder itself, are the works of the devil,” Swanson said. “In other words, there was a demonstration of the devil and his works happening at the time that they were singing the song “Who’ll love the devil, who’ll sing his song, I’ll love the devil, I’ll sing his song.’ At the moment they were singing that, the devil himself or at least the devil influencing these murderers and entered in showed the concert-goers the works of the devil.”

He also called the series of attacks, which killed 129 people overall, a “warning shot from God.”

The remarks came less than a month after Swanson advocated the death penalty for gay people at his “National Religious Liberties Conference,” during which he interviewed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

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Listen to Swanson’s statements, as posted by Right Wing Watch, below.

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[h/t Media Matters]

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