Springfield City Council Speech — Annotated Manuscript (with sources)
by Phil Snider
My name is the Rev. Dr. Phil Snider, and I stand before you this evening in support of the ordinance.
Any accurate reading of the Bible should make it clear that [Gay rights] is an abomination against the “plain truth of the word of God.” As one Bible believing preacher warns us, “Man, in overstepping the boundary lines God has drawn [by making special rights for gays and lesbians], has taken another step in the direction of inviting the Judgment of Almighty God upon our land. This step of [gay rights] is but another stepping stone toward the gross immorality and lawlessness that will be characteristic of the last days.”
This [ordinance] represents a “denial of all that we believe in, and no one should force it on us.”
“Outside government agents are endeavoring to disturb God’s established order…This disturbing movement is not of God. It is not in line with the Bible….Do not let people lead you astray.
These religious liberals are the worst representatives of our country…They do not believe the Bible any longer; …they are leading the people astray … and they are leading [gay Christians] astray. But every good, substantial, Bible-believing, intelligent, orthodox Christian can read the Word of God and know that what is happening is not of God…
When you run into conflict with God’s established order, you have trouble. You do not produce harmony. You produce destruction and trouble, and [our city] is in the greatest danger it has ever been in in its history…The reason is that we have gotten away from the Bible of our forefathers.
You see, “The right of [segregation…uh, hold on….the right of segregation] is clearly established by the Holy Scriptures, both by precept and example.”
Oh wait, I’m sorry, I brought the wrong notes. I borrowed my argument from the wrong century. It turns out what I’ve been reading to you are quotes from white preachers from times like the 1950s and 60s in support of things like racial segregation and interacial marriage. All I have done is taken out phrases like “racial integration” and substituted them with phrases like “gay rights.”
I guess the arguments I’ve been hearing around Springfield lately sounded so similar to these that I got them confused. I hope you won’t make the same mistake. I hope you’ll consider which side of history you wish to stand on. Thank you.
Note: Here are some links that were helpful in getting the ball rolling for this speech. Also, after all of this went viral, a friend pointed out that one of the more famous quotes I used was actually in support of slavery, not segregation, which of course drives the point home all the more. I tracked down the quote and he was right.