By Michael Castellano
BATON ROUGE, LA
Strutting around the blood-red carpeted stage like a peacock and breathing heavily, sixty-nine year-old Swaggert's exact words were: "I've never seen a man in my life that I wanted to marry . . . . I'm going to be blunt . . . If one of them ever looks at me like that I'll kill him and tell god he died."
Swaggert went on to further ridicule homosexuals, leading an enthusiastic crowd of adoring worshippers in a chant of "It's an abomination . . . it's an abomination . . . it's an abomination . . ." Less than a minute later, he praised President Bush for supporting the Family Marriage Amendment, a Republican backed federal constitutional amendment which if passed would upsurp states rights over marriage contracts, and prohibit both same sex marriages and civil unions in all 50 states regardless of existing state laws. Said Swaggert, "I thank god that President Bush has stated we need a Constitutional Amendment that states that marriage is between a man and a woman."
"They Ought to Marry a Pig"
Swaggert's anti-homosexual tirades were followed by a tirade against judges and courts who have ruled in favor of gay rights and gay marriage and choruses of "praise Jesus." Other than his constant panting and heavy breathing, perhaps the most peculiar thing observed in watching Swaggert's 56 minute performance was his compulsive habit of wiping his nose with a handkerchief. Such behavior is often seen in cocaine addicts suffering from badly irritated or damaged nasal membranes from snorting the substance.
"She's Only Nine Years Old"
Swaggert is also remembered for a sermon in delivered in which he predicted, "I believe Armageddon is coming, Armageddon is coming. It is going to be fought in the valley of Megiddo. It is coming. They can sign all the peace treaties they want. They wonít do any good... It is going to get worse... My Lord! I am happy... I donít care who it bothers. I donít care who it troubles. It thrills my soul."
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