Eric Porterfield is a relic of another age. The West Virginia state delegate made headlines recently by publicly declaring that LGBT people were “brutal monsters”, “terrorists,” and akin to the KKK. For good measure, he painted them as “bigots,” “tyrants” and “socialists” as well. But what he really wanted to say is that they are demon-possessed.
The brouhaha came about as Porterfield resisted a state Human Rights Act, which included LGBT as a protected class of people.
Porterfield, a first-time politician and Trump supporter, revealed his medieval biblical ideology during an interview with a Charleston TV station. Asked how he’d respond if his son or daughter was gay, this was his response:
“Well, I will address my daughter first. I would take her for a pedicure, I’d take her to get her nails done, and see if she could swim,” Porterfield said while smiling. “If it was my son, I would probably take him hunting, I would take him fishing, then I’d see if he could swim.”
“I just want to make sure they could swim,” he said when asked to clarify his comments.
Far from being some undecipherable code, Porterfield’s remarks about swimming make perfect sense if you know anything about the European witch trials of the Early Middle Ages.
Witch swimming derived from the “trial by water,” an ancient practice where suspected criminals and sorcerers were thrown into rushing rivers to allow a higher power to decide their fate. This custom was banned in many European counties in the Middle Ages, only to reemerge in the 17th century as a witch experiment, and it persisted in some locales well into the 18th century. – 7 Bizarre Witch Trial Tests
Porterfield, who runs his Blind Faith ministry out of a local church, is advocating a crazed practice of the dark times. We have to assume that this radical regressive would move to the final annihilation of evil if his children failed the swim test. He would burn them at the stake. Of course, they would have to survive the rushing river first.