Jimmy Swaggart is a televangelist who cautioned the members of his Christian congregation against the evils homosexuality and marital infidelity. Swaggart stated: ” I’ve never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry. And I am 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. ” When many expressed outrage over this comment, Swaggart said it was all a joke.
Jimmy Swaggart liked to point out the ”sins” of other prominent religious figures. After pointing out the ”sins” of Pastor Marvin Gorman, Gorman retaliated and hired an investigator to follow and photograph Pastor Swaggart.
Pastor Swaggart was photographed entering a motel with a prostitute. Strangely enough, the prostitute gave a sworn statement that said that she and Swaggart did not have sex. Swaggart paid her to perform ”pornographic acts” while Swaggart got an up close view of her vagina.
Swaggart stated on TV that God had forgiven him in a hilariously famous scene on his TV show. Swaggart stated: ” LOOOORRRRDDDD, I HAVE SINNED AGAINST THEE ! ” Swaggart cried real tears and even placed himself in a self-imposed penalty box on his TV show !
I was a member of the Republican Party for many years and I served on the Republican Executive Committee when my wife and I lived in the South Florida area. In 2007, I left the Republican Party and changed my party affiliation to independent or ”No Party Affiliation.” (NPA). One reason, among many, that caused me to leave the republican party was the continuous ”verbal gay bashing” that was mailed to me in the republican party literature. Just as Swaggart was known to denigrate gay citizens, this rather strange form of homophobic behavior became part of the republican party’s ideology.
Readers may now begin to understand why I did not wish to be a member of a party with the likes of Jimmy Swaggart, Pastor Jim Bakker, and Oral Roberts. Bakker was jailed for criminal activity and Oral Roberts believed that he talked to God, and stated that God told him to raise more money !
Today an individual, in my view, who is a mixture of Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker, and Oral Roberts has decided to seek election to the Volusia County Council. Pastor Fred Lowry is a candidate for Volusia County Council – District 5.
Pastor Lowry was a member of the Deltona City Commission where he voted for a massive tax increase for Deltona Citizens. Also, Pastor Lowry had a high absentee rate while on the Deltona Commission. With apparently little understanding of municipal finance, Pastor Lowry launched a crusade against Dare Wear Adult Superstore. As a pastor, Pastor Lowry believes that he knows what people should think and do. Lowry apparently has no concept regarding the separation of Church and State. After getting all hot and bothered, Lowry managed to waste a lot of taxpayer money ” fighting ” Dare Wear. Today Dare Ware continues to operate as a business in Deltona as it has for over 20 years. I have never visited Dare Wear. I have never had any desire to visit Dare Wear. Also, I never plan to visit Dare Wear. That is my choice. However, Lowry with his ” Jimmy Swaggart ” style of ” Christianity” knows that he has been selected to remove this store and decide what citizens may and may not do. He probably also has a list of books that people may and may not read.
Lowry has done one thing that may gain some votes in November. He has been very successful in obtaining special interest contributions from donors living outside of his District. Since the news media eschews serious research and most forms of investigative reporting, this website will publish some of Lowry’s special interest contributors in another article. Since Lowry is a friend of Pat Northey, in my view, Ms. Northey must have shown Lowry how to bow and scrape before the monied special interest groups !
So, if you are looking for a dimwitted Pastor who does not understand the need for the separation of church and state, and you like having your taxes increased and your tax money wasted, and you are looking for a candidate loaded with special interest money, and an individual who will miss meetings, and an individual who will dictate his form of religion to you, then Pastor Lowry is your choice.
If Pastor Lowry sounds like a bad choice, then you may wish to consider his opponent. Rich Gailey placed first in the primary election, but did not obtain the 50% plus one vote needed to win. Mr. Gailey has extremely strong grassroots support in District 5 and appears very popular with Democrats, Republicans, and independents. Mr. Gailey was endorsed by the Volusia Building Industry Association and has plans to create a favorable climate in Volusia County to attract new business enterprises. Mr. Gailey appears to be a sane and sensible individual who was endorsed by his party. Oh my!!! Did I forget to mention that while Lowry is a Republican, his own party failed to endorse him.
R. Van Conoley