This ‘ex-gay’ preacher believes that coronavirus was sent by God to cancel Pride parades

This ‘ex-gay’ preacher believes that coronavirus was sent by God to cancel Pride parades

A Christian ‘ex-gay’ preacher is “giving thanks to God for coronavirus” because it caused the cancellation of Pride.

Rosaria Butterfield, who identified as a lesbian before converting to Christianity and marrying a man, suggests that the pandemic could be an “answered prayer” for action against the LGBT+ community.

In a blog post on Christian website, Desiring God, she called on Christians to “give thanks” to God for coronavirus, adding that after years of her church failing to convert the local LGBT+ community, “God answered our prayers by sending COVID-19.”

The preacher’s husband Kent Butterfield is pastor of the First Reformed Presbyterian Church in Durham, North Carolina.

She wrote: “Have you considered the ramifications that this June will be the first in decades without a public gay Pride march? Why is this big news?

“First, sexual identity depends on an affirming audience who can sway others to its side, using an ideology of personal freedom and victimhood. A virtual platform draws only the faithful, denying them the oxygen that this particular fire needs.

“Second, without an audience, sexual identity cannot be normalised.

“Here is the heart question for us. Are you praising God for this disruption? Or is it your preference to complain about gay Pride (and other sins) from the air-conditioned comfort of your home, in the midst of an economy that benefits from all kinds of sin?”

Coronavirus has killed more than 350,000 people around the world, of whom 100,000 – more than one in four – were in the United States.

Sadly, Butterfield is not the only person to have made a stupid point about the cancellation of Pride events due to the pandemic.

Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren suggested earlier this month that the LGBT+ community would revolt against the lockdown when Pride events are cancelled. She wrote: “To the pro-eternal shutdown cheerleaders, when your favourite government pals start canceling pride parades, we better not hear a peep out of you!”

In fact, nearly all of the world’s major Pride events had already been cancelled by organisers at the time she sent the message – leading to exactly zero tantrums.

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  1. Ken
    May 29, 06:12 Reply

    This one is just a comic lunatic. So how about the thousands of dead straight people?

  2. Fred
    May 29, 07:16 Reply

    I’m beginning to have issues with these over-opinionated preachers and the likes. Some said COVID-19 was God’s judgment against gays (which has left more straight people dead). Now this! And it makes me question how these people hear from God. If Christians see nothing wrong with the low credibility that divergent reasons on a.matter attract to their so-called “organised Christianity”, then I fear for the future of religious Christianity. At least it would do humanity more good.

  3. Dunder
    May 29, 23:07 Reply

    You are so happy about pride PARADES being cancelled that you didn’t notice that Christians have been dying and losing their jobs or that church goers have to sit home on Sundays. God help you ma ?. Hate is such a strong emotion.

    What do you think people are doing in the safety and quiet of their houses to mark pride? Night vigil? Ok.

  4. Malik
    May 30, 07:28 Reply

    Lockdown that affected a whole Easter, and the celebrations to mark the death, burial and resurrection of her Lord Jesus Christ.

    Aunty, sit down and shut the fuck up.

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