Hacking a person's or organization's social media accounts is strategically stupid stuff, and it's likely that the thimblewit who hijacked Andy Parrish's gmail account (and all the related Facebook pages to which the intruder gained access) will be caught.
The culprit deserves what's coming to him or her.
But the bible verse that he or she posted, creating such an uproar, isn't new to Minnesota for Marriage tweets. Back on October 6, 2011, the M4M account tweeted:
This is the letter from the Austin Daily Herald, Support marriage amendment:
David Lokker, Member of International Word Fellowship Church, Austin
Today a fight is brewing for the Marriage Amendment that defines a marriage as between one man and one woman. People are saying that this amendment means nothing, that it is no big deal because we have laws against homosexual marriage. They are wrong.
We need this Marriage Amendment because if we don’t, then they can get the law changed. This same homosexual group has changed the law in other places such as Iowa and New York. Now they say they want to get the law changed in Minnesota. They plan a massive blanketing of Minnesota by going neighborhood to neighborhood, making phone calls and distributing pamphlets.
This is what the Lord says of homosexual marriage: Romans 1:24-27, Leviticus 18:22-23, and Leviticus 20:13.
We must stand together and stand up for God and not let this happen. If we don’t, then we are allowing the homosexual movement to spit in God’s eye. We must stand together. We cannot sit down and do nothing while this happens. Please, let’s stand together and stand up for Almighty God.
“‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.
When M4M deputy campaign director first raised the Facehack issue yesterday, he tweeted that the posting on the M4M page was "garbage":
My Twitter, Facebook, @gmail.com @me.com were all hacked and garbage was posted on the MInnesota For Marriage FB. I won't be intimidated.
The "garbage" was the verse from Leviticus 20:13.
M4M has posted the following statement on its Facebook page (it seems to have been taken down, but Politics in Minnesota grabbed a screenshot):
“We are currently working with Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and Apple to see who hacked Andy’s account and who posted this message,” reads the message posted on Minnesota for Marriage’s Facebook page on Wednesday morning. “Clearly we would never advocate for anyone to be put to death. We strongly believe that people are entitled to love whomever they choose, but they are not entitled to redefine marriage for all of society.”
While M4M will continue to push for enshrining one version of marriage in the state constitution (the bible suggests other forms), it's good to see the group moving from recommending LTEs quoting Leviticus to taking the position that people can love whomever they want without facing the death penalty.
And Minnesota United's faith leader Grant Stevenson condemned the hack in an interview with WCCO:
But the leading group working against the amendment denounced the hackings.
“Whoever is responsible for this kind of hacking should be ashamed of themselves,” said Pastor Grant Stevensen of Minnesotans United For All Families.
Bluestem hopes that M4M sticks to its disavowal of Leviticus 20:13, leaving its October recommendation behind. Perhaps in time, Andy Parrish will even figured out that gay marriage exists.
Image: Screenshot of October M4M tweet.