By Beverly Gates
Presumed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said that he will be better for the gay community than Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, but he might run into trouble getting support from some of his evangelical supporters.
Some of the people on Trump’s Evangelical Executive Advisory Committee have pretty extreme views about gays which they hope Trump will implement.
“I hope Donald Trump will set up government grants so clinics can help people suffering from homosexuality to go through deprogramming,” said former Rep. Michele Bachmann. Bachmann’s husband got in trouble when it was found he was offering now-discredited reparative therapy, programs designed to help people stop being gay, at his clinic.
Televangelist Kenneth Copeland, another member of the Evangelical Executive Advisory Committee, said he hoped Trump would pass an executive order making gay sex a crime.
“Homosexuality ought to be a punishable crime,” said Copeland.
According to Right Wing Watch, other Evangelical Trump supporters have made equally inflammatory statements. Southern Baptist preacher Robert Jeffress described gays as a ‘“perverse’ people who are either pedophiles or likely to abuse children in the future.”
Frank Amedia, a Trump-backing preacher, said AIDS/HIV was “a disease that comes because of unnatural sex.”