A homophobe running for Utah State Senate restricted public access to his social media pages today after calling a gay teenager who committed suicide last week a “murderer.”
People rightfully outraged by the comment posted a screenshot of it on Reddit, calling for a complete takedown of the man’s budding political career.
“Yes, this is sad, and hopefully God will have mercy on both sins that this boy committed,” the offender, Jason Christensen, reportedly commented on 19-year-old Braxton Taylor’s obituary online.
He added: “The sins of homosexuality and the sins of murder.”
Christensen is currently running as an Independent for Utah State Senate, District 16 against incumbent Republican Curtis Bramble.
Neither local or national news outlets have reported on Taylor’s manner of death, confirmed that he was gay, or suggested he somehow took his own life as a result of his sexuality. People close to the case, however, have called Taylor’s death an “LGBT suicide” on various “ex mormon” websites.
The original Reddit poster, Dopaminedreams, claims Taylor “committed suicide this week for being gay.”
Insisting Taylor’s reported suicide is “still murder,” Christiensen demanded those offended by his views “stop denying the scriptures.”
“I do feel bad for him and his sins,” Christiensen wrote. “But one must recognize what’s [sic] sins and what is not sin. One must live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and not the Gospel of the Devil.”
On his website, Christiensen claims that LGBT equality is part of an “evil communistic agenda,” and refers to homosexuality as unnatural, and unhealthy.