Gordon Klingenschmitt, an anti-gay Republican just elected to the Colorado state house, doesn’t understand why his election caused such a stir and it all must be because of a “backlash” against Jesus.
“Why would people hate a chaplain?” he asked on “Bible News Radio” on Monday, according to a Right Wing Watch recording. “I’m just a guy who believes the Bible. I love Jesus. I love people. I’m a man of faith and compassion.”
Klingenschmitt runs the Pray in Jesus Name Project, which was designated an anti-LGBT group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and has called gay people “unhuman.” He also once tried to perform an exorcism on President Obama, trying to get rid of the “demon of tyranny who is using the White House occupant.”
But on Monday, Klingenschmitt insisted he is incredibly tolerant and that his religious group is accepting.
“We care about people of all diverse backgrounds, political beliefs, religious beliefs,” he said.
He added that he’s is incredibly lucky that he ran in a conservative district.
“There is a backlash against the name of Jesus. People do not want God to rule their hearts and a lot of people are offended when a chaplain or a man of faith gets elected to political office,” he said. “But thank God, the voters in my district were very conservative and very open to religious freedom.”