Wednesday, November 01, 2006

A new defense for murder

Nicholas Gutierrez is a gay man accused of “robbing, sexually assaulting and murdering” Mary Stachowicz, “a 51 year old Catholic mother of four.” Gutierrez allegedly kicked, strangled and stabbed the woman and then stuffed her body into a crawl space under his apartment. According to Gutierrez’ lawyer, “It happened because she could not leave him alone in his lifestyle.” (Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune).

Apparently this lawyer thinks that anti-gay harassment is a valid defense for murder.

What? You haven’t heard this story? What a shock! A Google search for Nicholas Gutierrez produced 10 articles in Google News, 20 articles in Lexis Nexis (though only 4 were relevant), and 34 in Proquest Newspapers (not all relevant). Similar results came up for searches of the phrase “Mary Stachowicz.” By contrast, according to WorldNetDaily, when Matthew Shepherd was disgracefully murdered, over 3,000 articles covered the story in the first month alone.


Rev. Don Spitz said...

This shows homosexuals are not to be trusted on any level.
Whatever they think, they will not be able to change God's Word regarding homosexuality and will one day have to pay the price for not believing what God has written.

Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

Romans 1:22-27

V22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, V23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

V24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

V25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, Who is blessed for ever. Amen.

V26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

V27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

1 Timothy 1:8-10

V8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;

V9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

V10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

1 Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind

john said...

This shows homosexuals are not to be trusted on any level.

Wow, there's some intelligent discourse.

Dennis said...

Rev. don: I think you completely missed the point of my post. You say homosexuals are not to be trusted. At one time one of my most trusted friends was gay (and I've never been aflicted with homosexual desires).

While I agree with you that the practice of homosexual sex is sin, I’m concerned about a few other equally serious sins: like arrogance, pride, haughtiness, lust, self-indulgence, self-righteousness, greed, gossip, covetousness, strife, slander, maliciousness, envy, failure to be grateful, failure to be compassionate, failure to truly love God or my neighbor as I ought…and the list goes on and on.

While we need to call sin by its name, we also need to be careful about how we do it. We must NEVER do so thinking that we are somehow holier-than-thou, telling sinners to shape up. We can only talk about sin from the perspective of one disease-ridden patient trying to help other disease-ridden patients find the “Great Physician.”

Although by the world’s standards most people would probably say I’m a “boy scout,” the fact is that when I stand before the judgment seat of God and my internal self-righteousness, pride, lust, deceit, judgmentalism, etc. are laid bare for all to see, my only hope is to throw myself on the mercy of God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

If we think we are somehow better than the homosexual, we probably need the “Great Physician” even more than the homosexual.

Rev. Don Spitz said...

Do you think homosexual Nicholas Gutierrez’s murder of a pious, 51- year-old Catholic mother of four, Mary Stachowicz was because of liberals trying to make us believe being a sex perverted sodomite is ok?

Dennis said...

Rev. don: I suspect that "homosexual Nicholas Gutierrez’s murder of a pious, 51- year-old Catholic mother of four was because he was evil--just like the evil sickos who tortured Matthew Shephard.

I did not like it when the news media and various liberal groups tried to use Matthew Shepherd's murder to imply that all Christians were gay bashers (especially since as far as I know there was no reason to believe they were even Christians in the first place!)

Nor do I like it when Christians imply that "homosexuals are not to be trusted on any level" just because a homosexual killed a Christian woman.

As I've argued on this blog before, I believe that the Bible teaches that it is sin to have sex with someone of the same sex (just like lust is sin), but you seem to be implying that all homosexuals are therefore untrustworthy (and maybe even potential murderers--I know you didn't say that but readers are left wondering just exactly what you meant). This is not only counterproductive, it is just plain wrong (even sin). Its like saying that Ted Haggard proves that all Christians are untrustworthy, immoral, hypocrites.

There are people who practice homosexuality who are kind, loving, giving, people, and while I disagree with their lifestyle choices, they do not deserve to be placed in the same category as Nicholas Gutierrez!

It seemed to me like that is what you were doing.

john said...

It seems pretty clear to me what Rev. Don is saying, and it's scary stuff. Is it any wonder that some people think the way they do about Christians when voices like his are heard so often? I might, too, if I didn't know better. It's sad and embarrassing.