Rev. O'Neal Dozier Protests Lifting Gay Adoption Ban: Fears Kids Will Be Forced to Be Gay
Attorney General Bill McCollum has until October 22 to file an appeal in a case that overturned Florida's decades-old gay adoption ban. If he doesn't, all Floridians fit to parent will be able to adopt regardless of their sexual orientation.
Unsurprisingly, some homophobes aren't happy about it. South Florida pastor Rev. O'Neal Dozier this morning held a rally against lifting the ban and says he thinks it will lead to children being forced to be gay. Dozier isn't a lone loon; he's quite prominent and a former Jeb Bush appointee.
Here's the money shot of CBS4's report on the protest Dozier held this morning outside a Fort Lauderdale office of the Department of Children and Families:
The Rev. ONeal Dozier told CBS4's Ted Scouten that while he has no science to back it up, he fears children raised by gay parents will become gay, which is something gay rights groups call backward thinking.
"See, gays are not born, one is either made gay, forced to be a gay, or one selects that particular lifestyle," according to Rev. Dozier.
This isn't the first time Dozier has spoken out about homosexuality.
"Why is it one of the paramount of sins?" he's quoted as saying about homosexuality by New Times Broward Palm Beach in 2003. "Well, it is a very bad kind of sin because it really hurts society in so many ways." God, however, found a way to punish the homosexuals through HIV-AIDS, he says. "It is a type of judgment for such a sin as this one, homosexuality."
Homosexuality isn't the only topic he pushes buttons on.
He was firmly opposed to Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign simply because she was a woman. He worried it would embolden feminists and terrorists, and tear families apart.
He has also claimed America is at war with the entire religion of Islam.
Not only is Dozier pastor of the Worldwide Christian Center of Pompano Beach, but also he has close links to the Bush family.
He was invited to the White House to offer advice to the president during George W. Bush's term.
He was also appointed twice by former Gov. Jeb Bush to the 17th Judicial Nominating Commission. Jeb, however, ended up pushing Dozier to resign after he made the comments about Islam.
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