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Christians Say the Darnedest Things: Evangelical Pastor Blames Watching Westerns for His “Hanging” Comment on Facebook

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In response to a woman’s Facebook post about items being stolen from her home, Mark Guy, pastor of Independent Community Church in Millry, Alabama, said:

Need to go back to the old days and start hanging again, crime will stop when they see people rot off rope in every town.

Community outrage was swift, forcing the good pastor to “apologize.” Here’s his apology (which is no longer available on Facebook):

It has been blown way out of proportion. I was watching a western at the time of the post. In the old days they hung people for stealing. I read her post and made the comment, had not one thing to do with race. Might not should have but I did.

In other words, John Wayne made him do it. 🙂


Bruce Gerencser, 65, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 44 years. He and his wife have six grown children and thirteen grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist.

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    This reminds me of the time I was attending a Christian youth retreat at the summer home of a very wealthy Christian family. This palace was located on some of the most expensive real estate in the state. I overheard the owner of this home say that someone had broken into her home and stolen a carpet. Her take from this was that this is why we need capital punishment. I remember being appalled that a Christian person who was richer than most of us could ever imagine could so casually support the execution of someone who took one of her material possessions. I assumed this would be after she turned the other cheek.

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    Nice not-pology, Pastor Mark.

    It’s interesting how fixated people on the right (Christian right and regular right) on protecting property (white people’s property, that is). Look how they have rallied around Kyle Rittenhouse, the punk kid who at 17 went to another state, got a gun, and went to “protect” other white people’s property, killing 2 people in the process.

    Regarding the reverence of Westerns, I highly recommend “Jesus and John Wayne” by religious studies scholar Kristin Kobes Du Mez. She really digs into the intersection of toxic masculinity and evangelical masculinity.

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