Murder the Gay Out of Him

Itaberli Lozano was a 17-year-old boy who informed his mother of a life-long secret. An argument ensued on Christmas Eve, 2016, causing the boy to leave. In the first week of January, the mother reaches out to the boy, inviting him to come home. When he arrived, two thugs whom his mother hired beat him severely, leaving him at death's door. She then commanded the thugs to murder him; and, when they refused, she went into the kitchen, in order to fetch a knife, and she then stabbed her son to death. She then, along with her husband (the boy's stepfather), carried the lifeless body to a field and burned it nearly completely. She confessed to murder under the first interrogation.

What was the boy's crime? What did he do that so outraged his own mother that she would even consider murdering him? Did he molest an infant? Did he sell drugs to minors and cause their death? Did he abuse the elderly and steal their money? Was he himself a murderer? What despicable aspect of his reality caused his mother to murder her son? His heinous crime was that he was gay. To this mother, being gay was the absolute worst scenario imaginable, and so she took matters into her own hands in order to stop this travesty -- the travesty of her son being attracted to men.

Zachary Dutro-Boggess was a typical 4-year-old little boy (pictured below) who liked to play with his fire engine trucks -- a lovable little creature who was beautiful inside and out. His mother, Jessica, beat him so brutally that his intestines tore in two, and he died, at the behest of the one who gave him life and should have maintained the maternal instinct to protect her own. What was 4-year-old Zachary's crime? She thought he was gay -- she merely suspected, at four years old, that he was gay. I didn't even know what to name my same-sex attraction at age five, when I first began to notice my orientation, and yet this mother presumed to not only think that her son was gay but then to conclude that beating the gay out of him was her only solution -- his life snatched from him on suspicion of being gay.

Where would anyone conceive of the idea that murdering the gay out of someone is an appropriate act? "If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death." (Lev. 20:13) "They know God's decree, that those who practice such things [homosexuality is the primary context] deserve to die -- yet they not only do them but even applaud others who practice them." (Rom. 1:32) Do not, therefore, Moses and Paul condone killing gay people?

The problem inherent in misusing these texts in order to substantiate killing or murdering gay people should be obvious to an individual maintaining any semblance of reason. Let us consider Moses briefly. In the same chapter we read: "All who curse father or mother shall be put to death" (Lev. 20:9). Few teens in the West would survive their adolescence if people obeyed this verse. The same result -- death -- is also noted for those who commit adultery (Lev. 20:10). Yet, Jesus teaches that adultery begins in the heart, and that even lusting for a woman (or a man) is considered adultery (Matt. 5:28). Shall such be put to death? Moses, under God's direction, states that a husband having sexual intercourse with his wife during her menstrual cycle is sin and both shall be put to death. If we do not hold heterosexual people to such strictures then we are not to hold homosexual people to the same -- end of story.


As to St Paul's admonition of the individuals mentioned at Romans 1:18-32 being "worthy of death," we must be careful to read his first-century words contextually and culturally, and not read into his words any modern notion regarding homosexuality. These pagans were consumed by same-sex lust (Rom. 1:24, 26, 27, 28), not love, not life-long commitment. Moreover, these pagans knew God by the design of God, but refused to acknowledge or worship God (Rom. 1:18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 28). Furthermore, due to rejection of God, their depravity increased; which resulted with "every kind of wickedness, evil," etc. (Rom. 1:29, 30, 31) Such individuals are "worthy of death." In other words, this is in no sense imaginable a call for the death penalty for homosexuals, to the dismay of some conservative evangelicals.

For example, hate-mongerer and apostate Baptist pastor Charles Worley states:
I had a way out -- a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers, but I couldn't get it passed through congress: build a great big large fence, 100 to 150-mile long; put all the lesbians in there. Fly over and drop some food. Do the same thing with the queers and the homosexuals [does he recognize a difference between "queers" and "homosexuals" -- is he making a distinction or being slanderous and willfully ignorant?]; and have that fence electrified so they can't get out -- feed 'em; and you know what? In a few years they'll die out. Do you know why? They can't reproduce. (link)
This sad "pastor" is, tragically, deluded. He must be blithely unaware that LGBTQ people originate from heterosexual people. He can fence-in all LGBTQ people and wait for them to die. But, soon enough, more LGBTQ will be born to heterosexuals! Seems to me, then, that the logical manner of ridding the world of "those wicked homosexuals" is to fence-in all heterosexuals -- the women with the women and the men with the men -- and wait for them to die off. That is the only way of truly ridding the world of LGBTQ people -- kill off all the heteros (no more heinous a thought than killing off gays).

Yes, there are still these kinds of bigoted and apostate "Christians" lurking in apostate churches today, still preaching hate and believing that "Jesus" (a Jesus of their own making) blesses them for this demonic gospel. If you need more evidence of the Political and Religious Right hatred toward LGBTQ people, I offer some comments from the politically Right FOX News site that reported the above story of the mother in Brazil who murdered her son for being gay (all emphases added):

  • Messy but effective. -- CaptainAmericana
  • It was probably one of her cronies that molested the boy and turned him onto the gay lifestyle. -- Pammmmmm [What, exactly, is this mythical "gay lifestyle"?]
  • It was just a very late term abortion, right? -- Caledoneus
  • WOW! Looks like she should have aborted him long ago! -- JohnGreat1
  • No doubt she saved a lot of young boys who he would have molested. -- Numbfounded
  • We don't presume to be "good people." [He's responding to a comment complaining of all the deplorable comments stemming from the Political and Religious Right.] We're just holding the line for the strength, honor and decency of American young men. This murdered individual wasn't our problem but he was representative of the reprobates we have here in the USA. -- Joe Sauliki (link)

Fortunately, the disgusting comments from the Political and Religious Right on the FOX News site do not represent all conservative evangelical Christians, and hopefully not the majority. Sadly, Dana Chilton comments, "Many of these comments make me so thankful I'm no longer Christian." I don't blame Dana for that comment. As a matter of fact, if Christianity was founded upon hatred and what I see from some among the Political and Religious Right, I wouldn't be a Christian either. Actually, I would fight it tooth and nail, and consider it no better than radical Islam or Satanism.

Until we understand homosexuality rationally, admitting that there is nothing to cure and that such people do not need conversion therapy, the ignorance, bigotry, and violence against LGBTQ people will continue. At best conservative evangelicals should be spreading the truth among their heterosexual companions that God loves LGBTQ people, that Jesus Christ died for LGBTQ people, and that the Holy Spirit longs to draw to Christ LGBTQ people by grace through faith -- not in order to change their orientation but to give them the gift of eternal life in the presence of God who loves them.

Every individual on earth and ever to be born -- including every LGBTQ person -- is created in the image of God. (Gen. 1:26, 27) To murder a LGBTQ person is to murder the image of God in such a one. (Gen. 9:6) Under the Old Covenant, God called such a one a murderer, and God commanded the murderer to be killed. This I mention in order to highlight the significance of life in the view of God. God values every life -- every LGBTQ life as well -- and God does not want anyone to slander, harass, mock, bully, beat or murder the gay out of anyone. God's nature is not merely loving, not merely holy and righteous in all of God's ways, but also just: God will seek justice of all wrong-doing.


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My name is William Birch and I grew up in the Southern Baptist tradition but converted, if you will, to Anglicanism in 2012. I am gay, affirming, and take very seriously matters of social justice, religion and politics in the church and the state.