According to People for the American Way, in their project Right Wing Watch, Theodore Shoebat posted a video declaring that “sodomite homo Sharia” is being imposed on America by “sodomite bastards” and “faggots” who do nothing but “go around spreading AIDS.”
The Right Wing Watch said, “The only solution, he declared, is the imposition of a global law criminalizing homosexuality that will be enforced by a modern-day Inquisition with the power to put gays to death.” According to this website, Shoebat said, “I believe in Inquisitions, I believe we need to revive the system of the Middle Ages that we had; we had no fag problems.”
“‘It’s homo tyranny and it needs to be destroyed,’ Shoebat continued, ‘Christian world domination needs to be established and homosexuality needs to be deemed as a crime. And the homos need to be told, hey, you gotta stop that and if they don’t stop that then, I’m sorry, we have an Inquisition and that Inquisition will enact the death penalty, as Scripture tells us.’”
When Shoebat talks about “Christian world domination,” this does not include Protestants, evangelicals, Pentecostals, charismatics, etc.
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Is a “revival” of the Inquisition supported by the Bible? The Church in the New Testament never supported any Inquisition to torture or kill sinners. Her mission was to preach the Gospel of Salvation to them.
The Church outside the New Testament used the Inquisition against sinners and dissenters, whom she called “heretics.” Most of these “heretics” were Protestants who believed in the Bible in a way disapproved by the Catholic Church. Jews loyal to Judaism were also considered “heretic.”
Right Wing Watch, a leftist channel that monitors and smears conservatives, sees no distinction between the Church in the New Testament and the Church outside the New Testament. Actually, it seems that Right Wing Watch intends to use the Shoebat case, which is strictly Catholic, to portray all Christians (Catholics, Protestants and Orthodoxies) as supportive of the Inquisition.
This is not the reality. In fact, Right Wing Watch, which has often attacked me because of my pro-family stance against the gay agenda, should know that I have been criticized in Brazil by allegedly right-wing Catholics who excuse or even advocate the Inquisition.
I do not want a return of the Inquisition. There are better ways to address the problem of homosexualism. George Washington’s conservative America was enough to protect her society from a homosexual ideological mess without exposing Jews and Protestants to the Inquisition’s mortal threat. Washington, who was Protestant, never applied any Catholic Inquisition. Historian Bill Federer said,
As recorded in “The Writings of George Washington” (March 10, 1778, 11:83-84, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1934), George Washington ordered: “At a General Court Marshall … Lieutt. Enslin of Colo. Malcom’s Regiment tried for attempting to commit sodomy, with John Monhort a soldier … and do sentence him to be dismiss’d the service with Infamy. His Excellency the Commander-in-Chief approves the sentence and with Abhorrence and Detestation of such Infamous Crimes orders Liett. Enslin to be drummed out of Camp tomorrow morning by all the Drummers and Fifers in the Army never to return.”
Washington, the Father of America, had a soldier expelled from the military for attempting to commit sodomy. In contrast, the Inquisition would have him executed, as Shoebat would prefer.
Yet, if Shoebat has his wish fulfilled, who can hinder the Catholic Inquisition from going after other groups? Jews and Protestants were favorite victims of the original Inquisition.
Shoebat has articles fiercely attacking Islam, and rightly so, because Islam is violent, especially against Christians. He has voiced the idea Catholics should “extirpate the wickedness of Islam.” Presumably, he would approve the Inquisition to extend its force against Islamists. But it is highly doubtful that he would keep the Inquisition limited only to homosexuals and Islamists.
In 2014, Theodore Shoebat wrote an article titled “Islam Is A Form Of Protestantism, That Wants To Destroy The Catholic Church.”
So if Islam is a form of Protestantism, both are equally evil, in his view. If they are evil, why not approve the Inquisition to both of them? If Shoebat can extirpate the wickedness of Islam, why could not he extirpate the “wickedness” of Protestantism? It was attempted, by the original Inquisition centuries ago.
Some Catholics, like Shoebat, wishing a revived Inquisition will not be content to see it moving just against homosexuals. Sooner or later, they will want it to move also against “heretics” who “threaten” the Catholic Church.
A return of the Catholic Inquisition is not what all people, even good Catholics, want. This is the wish of a few extremists like Shoebat.
The Inquisition and other evil acts of the Church outside the New Testament have been used by left-wingers to condemn Christians who live according to the Church in the New Testament.
Franklin Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said about the Inquisition, “Many people in history have used the name of Jesus Christ to accomplish evil things for their own desires. But Jesus taught peace, love and forgiveness. He came to give His life for the sins of mankind, not to take life.”
The bottom line is, if you believe in Jesus, you want nothing to do with the Inquisition. If you believe in the Inquisition, you want nothing to do with Jesus.
If People for the American Way were honest, they would let their public know that the Inquisition has been denounced for centuries by Jews, Protestants and most Catholics, who will certainly work to destroy any attempt to revive this macabre machine of torture and death.
Shoebat has criticized Christians who have opposed his pro-Inquisition stances. He has blasted especially Peter LaBarbera, director of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, by calling him a “filthy pig” and a “traitor” because he rejected Shoebat’s pro-Inquisition stance against gays. Name-calling against pro-family leaders is typical behavior from leftists and pro-Inquisition activists.
“Traitor”? To “betray” the Inquisition and its advocates is not to betray the Gospel. In fact, a revived Inquisition would eventually reach LaBarbera, who is a conservative Protestant, and other Christians who love and preach the Gospel to homosexuals and other sinners. If the original Inquisition did not spare Protestants, how would its modern version manage to spare LaBarbera?
In addition, it is no surprise that Shoebat used abusive language against LaBarbera. A dirty language and demonization precede a wish and intent of destroying its victims. A pro-Inquisition activist eventually reviles pro-family activists and, if given enough political and legal powers, could do much more than just calling names.
Facts Shoebat should know:
A good Catholic does not revile pro-family leaders.
A good Catholic does not call names.
A good Catholic does not defend the Inquisition.
Yet, with his radical views, Shoebat provides ammunition for opportunistic and malicious leftist entities as Right Wing Watch to defame, revile and attack Christians who, like LaBarbera and George Washington, never tortured or killed in the name of a tyrannical government or a counterfeit and violent “christianity.” Actually, according to the original Inquisition, Washington himself was worthy of death, just because he was a Protestant.
The Left feasts on the pro-Inquisition lunacy and uses it to attack pro-family leaders who want nothing to do with the Inquisition. When Shoebat supports the Inquisition and reviles LaBarbera he aids and abets the Left in its attacks against the pro-family movement.
As I see, Shoebat was formerly a Muslim. Later, he became an evangelical and in some point he saw that an evangelical church was not radical enough for him, but it was “heretical” enough. Then apparently he chose a twisted version of Catholicism. Yet, why a pro-Inquisition Catholic? Could not he choose to become a good pro-life Catholic, interested in saving innocent babies rather than supporting torture and slaughter of people through a modern Inquisition?
Even though Shoebat considers himself a pro-life Catholic, I would encourage him to read my article: Can a Pro-Life Activist Defend The Inquisition?
Portuguese version of this article: Uma Inquisição Mundial para Matar Homossexuais?
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