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In the face of public backlash throughout North America, Louis-iana-based televangelist Jimmy Swaggart said he regrets telling his congregation at a televised worship service that if a gay man ever looks at him romantically, “I’m going to kill him and tell God he died.” In an interview September 21, Swaggart said, “It was a tongue-in-cheek statement best left unsaid. I won’t make it anymore.” A Toronto television station’s broadcast of the service produced a complaint before the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, a private, self-regulating industry group that enforces broadcast standards. Swaggart said he was talking too loosely about killing, using it casually as a figure of speech. “I’ve said it about other people, including other preachers,” he added. Gay advocacy groups say such language encourages violence against gay men and lesbians.

 

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