A Lake County church — whose preacher calls homosexuality “not a normal lifestyle” and advocates for the arrest and execution of lesbians and gays — is planning to hold a three-day “Make America Straight Again” event beginning Friday.
Pastor Patrick Boyle of the Revival Baptist Church of Orlando, which is housed in a small shopping center on U.S. Highway 27 in Four Corners, wouldn’t reveal the location of the gathering because he said he doesn’t want to invite protesters.
A Facebook notice of a protest planned for Saturday against the event lists 38 people as saying they’re going and 155 interested as of Thursday afternoon.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office rejected a request from Boyle to hire off-duty deputies to work security at the event because the conference disparages gays.
“It looks like a hate group, and we decided we didn’t want to be involved,” Lt. John Herrell said. “We reserve the right to turn down a request [to hire off-duty deputies] for any reason or no reason.”
“This isn’t a normal lifestyle and we are adamantly opposed to that,” Boyle said. “The Bible tells us that it’s wrong.” He added that the “government should arrest them, try them, and if found guilty, execute them.”
He said he decided to hold the event during Gay Pride Month but that it wasn’t tied to the three-year anniversary of the mass shooting at the gay Pulse nightclub in Orlando, where a gunman opened fire and killed 49 people and injured dozens of others.
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