A ballot initiative in California that would institute the death penalty for gays has drawn some creative responses.
“The abominable crime against nature known as buggery, called also sodomy, is a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress on pain of our utter destruction even as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrha,” reads the original initiative, submitted by Matt McLaughlin of Huntington Beach, California.
The “Sodomite Suppression Act” initiative, which still requires some 350,000 signatures just to get on the ballot, doesn’t beat around the bush.
“Seeing that it is better that offenders should die rather than that all of us should be killed by God’s just wrath against us for the folly of tolerating-wickedness in our midst, the People of California wisely command, in the fear of God, that any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.”
It even allows for extra-judicial killings of gays if the state drags its feet in implementing the measure: “…should the state persist in inaction over 1 year after due notice, the general public is empowered and deputized to execute all the provisions hereunder extra-judicially, immune from any charge and indemnified by the state against any and all liability.”
In response, some pro-gay activists have taken a creative new tack, sarcastically urging the State of Californians to adopt other Biblical strictures alongside the execute-the-gays measure.
Joe Decker of San Jose submitted a ballot initiative of his own entitled the “Shellfish Suppression Act.”
Shellfish are “detestable,” according to Leviticus 11:12: “That which has no fins nor scales in the waters, that is a detestable thing unto you.”
Or, as the ballot initiative states: “Shellfish are a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us in Leviticus to suppress. They also smell bad.”
According to Decker’s proposal, “any person who willingly consumes or sells shellfish is guilty of a felony, and shall be fined $666 thousand per occurrence, and/or imprisoned up to 6 years, 6 months, and 6 days.”
A comment on the British gay news service PinkNews suggested other avenues for exploration.
“What about a ‘tattoo suppression act?’ Leviticus 19:28. … Or ‘The cutting of hair on the side of your head act?’ Leviticus 19:27. For that I would say first time offenders must wear an upside lampshade like they do for dogs to stop them pulling out their stitches. Or worse still…’The Black Pudding Suppression Act’ Leviticus 17:14.”
Another initiative by Charlotte Laws of Woodland Hills, California, is titled the “Intolerant Jackass Act,” and requires that “Any person…who brings forth a ballot measure that suggests the killing of gays and/or lesbians…shall be required to attend sensitivity training for at least three (3) hours per month for twelve (12) consecutive months.”