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