Swaggart was a popular television evangelist during the 1980s until a 1987 sex scandal involving a prostitute that he met in a seedy New Orleans motel. Swaggart never confessed to anything more than an unspecified sin. A few years later, he was stopped by police while driving in California with a suspected prostitute in his car.
In a televised Sunday sermon evangelist Jimmy Swaggart delivered on September 12, he addressed the subject of gay marriage. “I’ve never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry,” he told the congregation. “And I’m going to be blunt and plain: If one ever looks at me like that, I’m going to kill him and tell God he died.” At this, his followers laughed and applauded. Of course, as expected, groups of gays protested and demanded an apology, which he gave to the AP on Wednesday, saying, “It’s a humorous statement that doesn’t mean anything. You can’t lie to God . . . If it’s an insult – I certainly didn’t think it was – but if they are offended, then I certainly offer an apology.” Which sounds grudging. But pay attention, gay people: He won’t kill you if you don’t find him husband material. Which – ew! – you don’t. So relax. You’re probably safer around him than you’d be around 50 Cent. (SFGate.com)