PROVO — In response to a Facebook post mourning a young LGBT Kaysville man’s suicide, a candidate for state Senate posted a comment about the “sins” he believes the teenager committed.
“Yes this is sad, and hopefully God will have mercy on both sins that this boy committed. The sins of homosexuality and the sins of murder,” posted Jason Christensen, an Independent American candidate running for the state Senate District 16 seat against Republican incumbent Curt Bramble.
The Standard-Examiner does not identify people who’ve completed suicide without permission from immediate family or authorities.
When other Facebook users criticized Christensen’s comment, he responded with, “Read the scriptures, stop denying the scriptures. I do feel bad for him and his sins. But one must recognize what’s sins and what is not sin. One must live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and not the Gospel of the Devil.”
His comments in the Facebook post were deleted, but screenshots were shared on Reddit.
Christensen confirmed in a phone interview Friday that he made the Facebook comments. He said he was motivated to chime in by “foot-in-mouth disease and a lack of tact.”
Although he’s Mormon, Christensen said his comments had nothing to do with his particular faith. He apologized for the comments regarding suicide and for “not being more clear in (my) words,” but stood firm on his stance regarding homosexuality.
“I do mourn for the 19-year-old boy and his family, and I hope they can accept my apology,” Christensen said.
After posting his Facebook comments, Christensen said he’s been flooded with hate messages and death threats.