Dave Welch, Gay-Basher
Likening the existence of gays to demolishing church buildings pretty much summarizes the WorldNetDaily columnist's wholehearted embrace of homophobia.
By Terry Krepel
Dave Welch is the executive of the U.S. Pastor Council and the Houston Area Pastor Council it emerged from. And for more than two years -- from November 2008 through the end of 2010 -- WorldNetDaily gave him a weekly column where he spewed a steady diet of anti-gay and anti-Obama hatred that fit nicely with WND's anti-gay, anti-Obama agenda.
One of Welch's targets was Annise Parker, a lesbian who was elected mayor of Houston in 2009. Welch inveighed against her election in a November 2009 column, insisting that "Houston is not yet San Francisco, Chicago, Detroit or New York." Upon her election victory, Welch was quick to seek atonement in a Dec. 15, 2009, column:
I have to first of all ask forgiveness of the rest of the country on behalf of those in Houston who were entrusted with choosing godly leaders and failed to do so. As I have stated often, the first responders in that line are the churches who profess Christianity and adherence to the Bible as our authority. We let our position on the wall be breached by the enemy.
(Welch wasn't alone at WND in lamenting Parker's election; Michael Glatze portrayed it as among the "doings of the devil" that resulted in Barack Obama's election as president.)
In a Jan. 9, 2010, column, Welch lashed out at televangelist Joel Osteen for offering a prayer at Parker's inauguration -- or, more to the point, Osteen's statement that "we thank you just for raising her up":
Every pastor I have heard from agrees Joel crossed the line in declaring that God "raised up" a mayor who denies Him, mocks him through her life and represents a complete perversion of His creation and created order then thanking Him for doing so. Did God raise up Barack Hussein Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, etc. as well? Proverbs 16:4 tells us that God makes even the wicked for the "day of evil." Commentator Matthew Henry stated:
Welch again portrayed Parker's election as a moral failing of the citizenry, claiming that the citizens are "choosing governing leaders for selfish, self-serving and immoral or amoral reasons." Welch didn't mention any of the civic issues that presumably propelled Parker to victory.
Welch used Parker as a convenient crutch to vent his anti-gay rage. In an April 10, 2010, column, he bizarrely asserted that efforts to give gays legal protection under hate-crimes laws are "Marxist-driven." He sneeringly continued:
For example, it came as a surprise to many citizens in Houston (it should not have) that city and county taxpayers' dollars have been and are being used to promote a program called "My Gay Houston" as part of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. Other major cities are doing the same. Lesbian Mayor Annise Parker has gone above and beyond to now extend protection through executive orders to "gender identity" and "gender expression."
He then offered a"brief quiz" on "Which of the following two lists more closely reflect the overall condition of America today?"
OPTION 1 sexual immorality, impurity of mind, sensuality, worship of false gods, witchcraft, hatred, quarreling, jealousy, bad temper, rivalry, factions, party-spirit, envy, drunkenness, orgies and things like that.
Welch, of course, is highly reflective of the hatred, rivalry, factions, and envy parts of the first option.
In the midst of warning about the alleged danger of gays invading the small towns of America and demanding to be treated like (gasp!) everyone else, Welch dropped Parker's name once more in his Nov. 27 column, claiming that she "appointed a lesbian as judge who even by the media's standards was utterly unqualified." Welch appears to be referring to Barbara Hartle, an "out lesbian" whom Parker nominated to head Houston's municipal courts. She was formerly an associate municipal judge, and she holds a law degree. How does that clearly relevant experience make her "utterly unqualified" to hold that post? Welch didn't explain.
But never mind that; Welch was shifting into full-tilt scaremongering mode by likening the existence of gays to a controlled demolition of church buildings:
While we've argued that "sexual orientation" is a preference and not determined at birth, they blew right past us to add gender identity, gender expression and now ... genetic information. While we get all worked up about our jobs, the economy and national security, the enemy has successfully destroyed our foundations.
Finally, after complaining that one pastor "made no formal endorsement of either side" on an anti-discrimination ordinance, Welch added: "It sounds like his gender identity may be up for question. If that sounds harsh, so be it."
Welch went on another anti-gay rant in a July 24, 2010, column, writing about the quest for gay marriage and transgender rights: "I submit that their conquest is not marriage or gender identity as much as continued perversion of all moral standards, destruction of absolute truth and rejection of the Author of that truth." After referencing Sun Tzu's "The Art of War," Welch added:
If the United States was morally strong, these efforts would have been crushed at their first evil emergence. Of course, the U.S. as a nation cannot be morally stronger than the collective state of its institutions, determined solely by the morality of the people all utterly dependent on being nurtured by the supplier of moral truth.
The idea of the military dumping its "don't ask, don't tell" rule also set Welch into freak-out mode. He declared in a Feb. 6, 2010, column that "The stealth attack of moral relativism, feminism, multiculturalism, etc., that have been allowed to creep into our military like the poisonous cloud of chemical weapons is only exacerbated by forcing and I mean forcing sexual diversity in the face of our men and women in uniform." He added: "I am one angry military dad who is mad as hell that the political agenda of a radical and tiny minority being force fed to the people of this country is more important than the cohesiveness, morale, effectiveness and ultimately the safety of those serving us in harm's way."
In his Dec. 4 column, Welch declared that the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" would result in nothing less that the release of "demonic aggression":
The wildly successful campaign to secularize our culture, our government (including schools), the arts and now our churches has brought us to the point where in much of the country we are arguing about what defines male and female. The old demand for boys to "Be a man!" is not only passé but offensive, because being a man means you can now dress and live like a woman if it is what you feel like and vice versa for women.
And he doesn't stop there, branding anyone who doesn't hate gays as much as he does as insufficiently masculine:
Passive Christians and, most egregiously, passive pastors are the greatest problem, and the only remaining question is whether we will find enough males who are men in pulpits who are willing to take the risk of being branded and ridiculed by our opponents for daring to speak truth.
So intolerant is Welch that a mere disagreement with his views is no different than treason. No, really: Welch used his Oct. 16 column to unleash an attack on a judge who issued a ruling against the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, declaring it an "act of judicial jihad" and "an act of treason." Welch continued:
The raw arrogance represented by this Virginia Phillips should result in impeachment. She has proven herself not only unfit for judgeship but is in fact a "domestic enemy" of the very kind our military members take an oath to defend against.
Welch ventured into hardcore anti-gay territory yet again: "Elevating sexual perversion to protected and yes, it will be protected, not equal status in our military effectively destroys the vital moral strength needed to withstand and prevail against the horrors of war."
Obama served as a target as well, particularly over health care reform. A March 13, 2010, column by Welch repeated a claim from the Heritage Foundation that "the Senate-passed Obamacare bill funds abortion in several ways, even creating an appropriation for Community Health Centers that contains no restriction on abortion subsidies." Welch asserted that this means "millions of taxpayers fund the taking of innocent life, escalating the rate and frequency of abortions and further enslaving women of all ages to the physical, emotional and spiritual trauma."
In fact, as Politics Daily's David Gibson detailed, claims that the Senate bill funds abortion have been debunked, as has the specific Heritage claim about community health centers.
In his March 27, 2010, column, Welch issued a blanket declaration that anyone associated with health care reform is evil:
For those of us who believe, as the old "deist" Benjamin Franklin did, that "God governs in the affairs of men," we face a real conundrum as we see the raw reality of tyranny coming from our own government. For example, what rational person could think that adding 16,000 reinforcements to the most feared entity in our nation the IRS and unleashing them as Enema Enforcers has a basis in anything this nation has ever believed or is based upon?
Welch's final regular WND column on Jan. 1 was just as hateful as the rest, a greatest-hits of Obama-hate and gay-hate:
Well, there you have it. According to the Los Angeles Times, President Obama is "evolving" in his views on the definition of marriage. Vice President Joe Biden shilled for that position on "Good Morning America" by declaring same-sex marriage as "inevitable."
If anyone should be seeking forgiveness from God for abominable, hateful behavior, it is Dave Welch.