Mike Frey, outrageous anti-gay testifier, is pastor at Baptist church in Waconia

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Video of Frey's anti-gay marriage testimony went viral and was picked up by a number of national publications, including Talking Points Memo, the Huffington Post, and Gawker, among others.
Curious to hear more of what Mike Frey has to say after watching the video of him talking about "ejaculation inside of a colon" during yesterday's marriage equality hearing at the Capitol? Head to Northern Lights Baptist Church in Waconia, where he serves as pastor.

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Let's hope, for his congregation's sake, that Frey discusses Jesus and God more coherently than he talks about the public health implications of anal sex.

Here's a bio of Frey from Northern Light's website:
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Pastor Mike Frey grew up in Carver County and has been very involved in the local community throughout his life. At the age of seven, Mike realized his need of the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and was saved on June 4, 1993 and later baptized by Waconia Baptist Church in Lake Waconia. In his earlier years Mike enjoyed acting in local theatrical plays and later in the commercial film industry. He was aspiring to be an orthopedic surgeon until the age of sixteen when he had a definite call from God and personal desire to be a pastor in the local Carver County area. After his high school graduation Mike attended The Crown College of the Bible under the ministry of Temple Baptist Church in Powell, Tennessee where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Pastoral Ministry and Master of Ministry Degree.

While attending college in Tennessee he met his wife Autumn, and they have been serving the Lord together for seven years of marriage. Mike and Autumn have been blessed with four children: Caleb, Abigail, Samuel, and Tyler. During his college years in Tennessee Mike held two jobs in addition to serving on staff at Heritage Baptist Church in Lafollette, Tennessee, with his wife, under the ministry of Dr. Fred Ward. Mike served as the Assistant to the Pastor and worked in a number of ministries including Music, Youth, Children, Assistant Living, Transportation, and Counseling. Autumn served as the church piano player and nursery director.

Upon Mike graduating with his Master of Ministry Degree, the Frey Family moved to Minnesota to plant the Northern Lights Baptist Church in Waconia, Minnesota. Mike and Autumn began a Bible Study with a group of Christians who desired to see an Independent Baptist Local New Testament Church in their area. That Bible Study came together to form the Northern Lights Baptist Church on September 25, 2011. It is Pastor Mike and Autumn's desire to see God work in a powerful way in the lives of people in our local community and around the world. Mike and Autumn are true followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, and have a genuine love for people.
None of that, of course, suggests any expertise with regard to public health and STD prevention -- a fact that was on hilariously painful display during yesterday's hearing. (He's no great legal mind either -- the sodomy law Frey cited at the beginning of his testimony was struck down in 2001.)

The Huffington Post does a succinct job breaking down why Frey's suggestion that gays are especially susceptible to AIDS is false:
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Frey testifies during yesterday's hearing at the Capitol.
Frey's discussion of AIDS during a same-sex marriage hearing is striking because AIDS affects people of all genders, races and sexual orientations. The information shared by Frey is not only homophobic, it is also misleading.

Out of the 34 million adults living with HIV/AIDS around the world, approximately half are women, according to international HIV/AIDS charity AVERT. "Generally women are at a greater risk of heterosexual transmission of HIV. Biologically women are twice more likely to become infected with HIV through unprotected heterosexual intercourse than men," AVERT explains.

Although statistics on transmission of the disease in the U.S. show more infection diagnoses in the category of male-to-male sexual contact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Women's Health states that women are particularly vulnerable to infection because of the surface area of the vagina open to exposure and because of the duration semen can stay in the vagina.

Unprotected anal sex is risky for both males and females, according to the Centers for Disease Control, as this is a sexual activity practiced by both gay and heterosexual couples. The same is true for oral sex.
In sum, Frey is either woefully ignorant or was intentionally trying to mislead others during his testimony (and that's a sin!). It seems his real impetus for getting up in front of the House committee was his feeling that gay sex is yucky, and therefore shouldn't be sanctioned by Minnesota statute. In other words, as is the case with other marriage equality opponents, Frey seemingly wants to impose his Christian morality on others.

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Spurburnite
Spurburnite

Life is sooooooooo hard in Farmington, OMG seriously, we'll have to move to Owatonna to get away from the evil city people.

green23
green23 topcommenter

The role of the State in marriage is limited to issuing a licence and enforcing the "contract". There is no religious component whatsoever, at least as far as the State is concerned, and marriages are routinely performed outside of religious ceremonies. 

So it's all about *issuing a licence*, much like the State issues a fishing licence. 

No one asks about the sexual orientation of a person obtaining a fishing licence. No one is concerned about AIDS, or what the Bible says, or about "sending a message" to youth if a gay person wishes to fish or hunt.

Now, if you want to take your fishing licence or duck stamp down to your local priest for him to bless, he can refuse. Maybe he disapproves of your morality. Maybe he's just in a foul mood. Whatever. As far as the State is concerned, you can legally fish or hunt without that priest's blessing. 

The religious and civil aspects of marriage are completely separate, as far as the law is concerned, but the Right cannot resist conflating them. Underlying this discussion from the Right is an outright lie that churches will be forced to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies against their will. 

We see this distortion of logic throughout the Right's handling of any issue: *allowing* something is exactly the same as *forcing* everyone to do a certain thing. Hopefully, more people will begin to see through these logical fallacies and outright lies.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

why all you gays so worked up over this dumb hick. people in the periphery will always be against you, get over it and focus on the city

Shawn Clark
Shawn Clark

I saw this idiot on TV yesterday. He thinks if you stop gay marriage you will stop the spread HIV.No he is homophobe he just does not want to support gay marriage .Well I did not ask for his support .

lund519
lund519

Another fat southern pig with a thimble dick thinking he knows what's best for everyone.  I am convinced that these straight people who are like this either can't or aren't getting laid at all - and so they have to ruin the happiness of anyone else who either is happy or has a happy relationship and or sex life; they use this sham of religion and cherry-pick what sounds good to support their argument but certainly don't quote EVERYTHING that bible says that they certainly don't go around quoting.  This man and his bitch of a wife, and their ugly kids need to stay in that small town where nobody has to see or deal with them.  Get over it, gay men do have sex, we aren't going anywhere, if you don't like it, then stay out of it.  Straight people getting involved in our business is the same as white people getting involved in non-white issues.  Straight people have done quite enough to fuck up our lives, so please stay the fuck out of our marriages.  You've ruined enough gay people's lives and self-esteem; go ruin your own marriages for a change. 

David Sweet
David Sweet

I will sell him a Prepper Kit, to save him from any attacks!

Jonathan Bush
Jonathan Bush

"At the age of seven, Mike realized his need of the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior..." At age seven I was smashing Matchbox cars with rocks and building shabby forts in the woods next to my house. Says something, I suppose.

Henry Stretch Wahl
Henry Stretch Wahl

It's brave of him to try and stand up for what he believes on the floor with such few facts though, that is seriously difficult.

William Davis
William Davis

No gay marriage = no gay sex. It's called science people, look it up.

Tom Fru
Tom Fru

This guy knows ass holes.

Von Brewster
Von Brewster

ssheesh, if you're going to whine about what you dont like ...at least get you're facts straight.

gabemichael12
gabemichael12

The only reason that he is such a distinguished authority on this subject is that he knows this information first hand, due to having his head up his ass

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

These guys certainly know they are appalled by homosexuality, and they sure seem to think about it a lot.  What they don't seem to understand is that religion and personal hang-ups are not Constitutional as the basis for law.  Their arguments serve to cement the fact that there is no lawful basis for not extending marriage to all couples, regardless of sexuality.  The Supreme Court, reactionary-right as it is, will be forced to confront a serious challenge in their decision on the California same-sex marriage ban.  There are no lawful arguments in favor of such bans.  The Supreme Court will either have to strike down all such bans, or fabricate law out of thin air.  I'm very interested to see how they proceed.

In the mean time, this pastor and others like him should spend less time thinking about other people having sex, and more time tending to the needs of their congregation.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Jonathan Bush Yeah.  It says BULLSHIT.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Von Brewster your

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@MotherJones  Whatever floats your boat, I guess.

Don't bother to over-prepare.  You picked a bad day for your little soiree.  Most people will be busy with their own, their friend's, neighbors', relatives', coworkers' weddings.  In our neighborhood there would be three weddings on our block alone.  Somebody's going to have to watch the kids, make sure the dogs don't get out, and help the kids tie tin cans to the back of their moms' Subaru.  That'll be me, my wife and kids, probably.

Then the next morning, there'll be the usual rush of getting kids ready for school, walking dogs, putting out the recycling, cutting the grass, paying the bills, returning rental chairs, catering stuff and other wedding paraphernalia.

The only thing that will strike insecure perverts as odd will be how normal everything is. Nothing will happen that will make anyone need to clear their browser cache.  Nor will anyone have any photos of anything they couldn't easily get developed at the most rural of Wal-Marts.  

Now, you, on the other hand; you might have an issue with your landlord in the morning.  Depending on where you live.

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