Rod Parsley has a new fund raising campaign focused on creating fear and spreading lies about new, proposed federal hate crimes legislation. He claims that, because it will grant protections against crimes based on gender identity and sexual orientation, ultra-conservative preachers won’t be free to spread their hate-filled message of homophobia.

Parsley, of course, isn’t the first to make this argument. Ken Blackwell made the same argument in a townhall.com piece, saying that this hate crimes bill will make “it illegal for people of various faiths to freely hold and profess their respective religion?s teaching on sexual morality”- which, of course, is a lie and an obvious attempt to mask Blackwell’s true, hate-fueled agenda: making gay people into second class citizens.

But lies and hate are nothing new from these two guys.

Parsley and Blackwell, as you may remember, were the big names behind Ohio’s ridiculous, anti-gay marriage ammendment and both are well know for their ultra-conservative, anti-gay views.

But, I suppose, there are some differences between the two.

For example, Blackwell tries to convince readers with logic while Parsley works the fear angle.

More importantly, Blackwell pushes his agenda in opinion pieces, hoping for personal gain in the political arena. Parsley, in it purely for the money, sends out fundraising letters like the one included below.

In it, Parsley claims that the hate crimes bill will “cripple your right to free speech and criminalize your thoughts!”

“Wow! That sounds HORRIBLE?”, exclaims the reader.

He also warns: “it could force Christian leaders like me to leave the TV airwaves and silence our speech, even from the pulpit!”

“OH NO! Rod Parsley silenced? What can I do to prevent this?”, asks the reader worriedly.

The answer, of course, is on the very next line: send Rod money. $50 to be exact.

That’s it.

$50.

And, in case you didn’t get it the first time, he’ll repeat it again and again.

In between the lies and the fear mongering text of this letter, Rod asks for $50 no fewer than 4 times.

Full text in the extended

Here’s the full text:

Dear Dena,

Proposed “hate crimes” legislation now before the U.S. Senate could cripple your right to free speech and criminalize your thoughts …

And it could force Christian leaders like me to leave the TV airwaves and silence our speech, even from the pulpit!

Your $50 gift now will help fight the hate crimes law, and, as a thank-you, I will send you some helpful resources so you can be part of a grassroots effort to defeat this flawed legislation.

Hate crimes proponents say that the bill will protect certain classes of people from crimes based in prejudice. But in fact, it could be used to keep Christians from speaking publicly about the biblical view of homosexuality.

Already, Christians have been charged with hate crimes or arrested for speaking out against homosexuality. Have you heard of the pastor who was sentenced to jail time for preaching on this subject? He was the victim of a hate crimes law in Sweden.

I know you do not want me and other Bible-believing pastors and teachers to be silenced on TV and from the pulpit as this man was. Please help defend my right – YOUR right – to free speech.

When you give $50 to help me produce a national TV expos? to reveal the truth about the proposed law, I will send you:
Your own DVD copy of “Arresting Thoughts … Attacking Freedom,” the TV special we want to air across America to unite patriots in defeating hate crimes legislation.

My “New York Times” best-selling book “Culturally Incorrect.” God prophetically inspired me with the themes of this book to show our country how worldviews diametrically opposed to the Bible are bringing this nation to chaos.

The five-DVD “Culturally Incorrect” set, with five of my most powerful sermons on the subject of opposing worldviews and how believers must unite to save our nation and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.

“Silent No More,” the powerful book the Lord gave me as a clarion cry for Christ-followers across America and around the world to bring His loving touch to every needy soul and be part of the worldwide revival that will usher in Christ’s coming.

Request these important resources now. If your freedom of speech is worth $50, I urge you to give now and help to defend your first amendment rights! You will receive all the resources above, and you will be helping to produce and air the TV special that will let our nation know about the threat to our rights, uniting people to help defeat the hate crimes bill.

Our “Arresting Thoughts … Attacking Freedoms” TV special will help unite believers – and anyone who cherishes their rights to free speech and freedom of religion – to prevent the passage of this law.

Give now, and remember, when you give $50 or more, you will receive the TV special on DVD, my “Culturally Incorrect” book and DVDs, plus the “Silent No More” book.

Thank you for standing with me to preserve free speech in the USA, and to ensure that we can still speak out from a biblical worldview and share the good news of freedom in Jesus Christ.

Thanks,

Pastor Rod Parsley

Also worth mentioning: Dave over at Progress Ohio posted another letter Parsley sent out asking readers to make an “immediate online gift of $100 or more and help to defend your First Amendment rights!”

 
  • Hands down best part:
    “My ?New York Times? best-selling book ?Culturally Incorrect.? God prophetically inspired me with the themes of this book to show our country how worldviews diametrically opposed to the Bible are bringing this nation to chaos.”

    The five-DVD ?Culturally Incorrect? set, with five of my most powerful sermons on the subject of opposing worldviews and how believers must unite to save our nation and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.

    ?Silent No More,? the powerful book the Lord gave me as a clarion cry for Christ-followers across America and around the world to bring His loving touch to every needy soul and be part of the worldwide revival that will usher in Christ?s coming.”

    I know there are people who sincerely believe that people who say that God has spoken to them sincerely believe that…God has spoken to those people. I mean no disrespect.

    But the exploitation of those people infuriates me – even if they say that they don’t feel exploited. Fine. Don’t feel exploited. That’s not going to change my view of what Parsley is doing – which is that it’s exploitive and wrong, for so many reasons.

  • Well, technically, he didn’t say God spoke to him.

    He said “God prophetically inspired” ( or was that profit-ically inspired him? ) him with the “themes” of his book.

    But I’m with you, Jill.

    The guy is a fraud and a charlatan.

    And if there IS a Heaven and a Hell then Rod is certainly going to be spending a lot of time in the latter.

  • My opinion of Rod Parsley can be effectively summed up in a warning Jesus gave in His sermon on the mount:

    Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits. Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.”

    Pastor Parsley had better watch himself, or he’ll spend eternity wishing for asbestos undies.

  • I appreciate that, Brian. So, seriously, because I simply don’t know – what proportion of folks who hear him DO really believe it? I’m assuming some believe because they want to so badly, some believe because they really do and some are hedging their bets.

    Let me add that I really do mean this, about some people sincerely being able to believe what a man like him says: I worked somewhere once where top people were making really awful, money-only motivated decisions. But the most senior person really, honestly, truly believed that they were justified in some of their choices (that enriched them) because he also felt that in the end, the choices they made DID provide a better product. Ultimately, the unscrupulous decisions brought everyone down, but to this day, I really, really believe that even though the most senior person should not have allowed what happen to go on, I do believe that, unlike those under him, this top guy honestly thought he was doing it for the customer.

    Do you know what I mean?

  • Sure Jill. I’ve been there.

    Some people make bad choices for good reasons.

    And others, good choices for bad reasons.

    And SOME people just believe that God will take care of everything- as long as they believe in Him.

    Me? I just try to do the RIGHT thing.

  • You cannot believe in God and vote against the hate bill. Homosexuality is not anything I ascribe to, but as human beings and as unfortunates in this society, we must protect them as we would the disabled and impaired. If it is an abomination unto the Lord, the Lord will see to their fate. It is not”man”s job or conceit to judge or punish.
    Respectfully, C Mann

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