A Baptist group in Pocatello has been handing out comic-like brochures to people in the area. A local LGBT center calls one “shocking” and a step back in time.
Titled “Home Alone?”, the comic-like brochure tells a story about a boy named Charlie who stays with his 26-year-old gay coach Brad. It’s being distributed by the King James Bible Baptist Ministries in the area.
In several panels, the comic mentions being gay as a choice and that people aren’t born that way. On the last page, it goes as far to say, “God hates their lifestyle, and their lifestyle opposes God.”
Kevin Lish, the board chairman for Pocatello’s LGBT resource center All Under One Roof, said it’s filled with misinformation.
“Free speech gives everyone the right to distribute or say whatever they want,” he said. “I would hope when we do that we all respect that it should be factual.”
Kaye Katseanes also said the brochure misinforms people, saying, “I was pretty disgusted,” after reading it. She’s part of an LDS group called Dragon Mamas, which is made up of LDS women who have gay children.
“I love my religion, I love my faith, and I love my son,” she said. “I’m not losing either one.”
Like Lish, she had a problem with homosexuality as a choice. Her son, Andrew Katseanes, is an out gay man.
“He did not choose this, it was what he was,” she said. “I love him for everything he is.”
The pastor ofKing James Bible Baptist Ministries said he passes out stories like “Home Alone?” because it’s the truth. He also said he doesn’t just hand out LGBT-specific ones, either. He has ones about different religions and sins like drunkenness.
Lish said All Under One Roof will continue to make sure Pocatello is a welcoming place that honors diversity.