A Human Rights Commissioner in the US state of Iowa told a Christian opponent of gay marriage that he and his entire family should “burn in hell”.
The Commissioner, 49-year-old Scott Raasch, sent threatening emails to Revd Cary Gordon who had campaigned against gay marriage.
Yet Mr Raasch still believes he should keep his role on the Human Rights Commission, claiming he would act impartially.
In angry emails Mr Raasch wrote: “you will get what’s coming to you sooner or later. I hope you rot in hell.”
Adding: “I think there are many people that deserve to burn in hell … including you and your entire family.”
He also wrote: “Now be a good little bigot and go break some more laws”.
Mr Raasch has since apologised to Revd Gordon and insists he would hold no bias against people of faith in his role at the Human Rights Commission.
In his apology Mr Raasch said: “As I have stated to the city council, although we disagree on many issues, I hold no bias against religious people generally or against members of Cornerstone, and would stand up to protect their legal rights the same as any other protected class.”
Revd Gordon of Cornerstone World Outreach church, has accepted the apology but still thinks Mr Raasch should step down from his role on the Commission.
Revd Gordon said: “As a commissioner, you are expected to defend me against anti-religious discrimination.”
“Why not do the honorable thing,” he added, “and tender your resignation to the council so that no one in our community has to worry about whether or not you are out to get them with power?”