Is Mayor TenHaken Homophobic?

I will be very careful with my words. Because being accused of being a homophobe a racist or a mysonygist is not a party. I’ve been accused of all three and it is hurtful. I judge people on face value. If you are an A-Hole, your other designations don’t matter to me. If I don’t like you, it is merely based on the fact that ‘I don’t like you.’ I could care less if you are female, gay or a minority. In some ways I actually feel bad for Paul, because I think he wants to say something, but feels like he cannot.

PTH said during the campaign at a mayoral forum hosted by Dem Forum that he was not ‘Homophobic.’ but his actions seem to speak louder than words.

‘Pentecostal congregations have historically condemned homosexuality, and most Pentecostal denominations have doctrinal statements condemning homosexuality, such as the International Pentecostal Holiness Church’s statement, “We have maintained a strong position against premarital, extramarital, and deviant sex, including homosexual and lesbian relationships, refusing to accept the loose moral standards of our society. We commit ourselves to maintaining this disciplined lifestyle with regard to our bodies.”

I get it, it may go against his religious beliefs. But I often remind people the teachings of Jesus Christ (the guy they supposedly follow) and his whole ‘love your neighbor’ rant.

I have found when you treat people the way you want to be treated, all of that other stuff doesn’t really matter. One of the best things Paul could do right now is raise the rainbow flag above city hall, and say nothing. The actual symbolism of the rainbow flag goes beyond gay rights;

A rainbow flag is a multicolored flag consisting of the colors of the rainbow. The designs differ, but many of the colors are based on the seven spectral colors of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet that compose the visible light spectrum. The actual color attributed as “blue” is cyan.[1][2]

There are several independent rainbow flags in use today. The pride flag represents LGBT pride (since 1978). The international peace flag is especially popular in Italy (since 1961). The International Co-operative Alliance adopted a rainbow flag in 1925. A similar flag is used in Andean indigenism in Peru and Bolivia to represent the legacy of the Inca Empire (since ca. 1920).

American Revolutionary War writer Thomas Paine proposed that a rainbow flag be used as a maritime flag, to signify neutral ships in time of war.[3][4][5]

Equality is a beautiful thing, it puts us on a level playing field and what your pastor says on Sunday doesn’t really matter, and the main reason I haven’t walked into a church since I was 18 unless it was for a funeral or a wedding. Your faith in God and your beliefs are between you and God. Pulling a flag up the pole won’t change that. Don’t fight this Paul.


#1 "Very Stable Genius" on 06.13.20 at 11:09 pm

Since the annual Pride event isn’t happening this year in Sioux Falls, maybe leaders, as well as followers of that organization, could go camping instead, and right next to the mayor and his family, who always seem to be camping, when the annual SF Pride event is happening. #TakeYourFlagCamping #DaddyThatSureIsAPrettyFlag #DaddyCanWeGetAFlagLikeThat?

#2 "Very Stable Genius" on 06.13.20 at 11:10 pm


#3 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 06.14.20 at 1:46 am

He can’t help it. He’s from Taupeville. They’re not into hues.

#4 kurtz on 06.14.20 at 8:09 am

Paul TenHaken of Sioux Falls is a christianic Republican mayor of a small city in a red flyover state who wouldn’t even vote for Jesus Himself if He ran as a Democrat. Elitism in South Dakota is Denny Sanford and Dana Dykhouse and careers in usury get your names on public buildings and a football stadium. Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg is a gay Democratic also-ran competing for a seat in President Joe Biden’s Cabinet. More nuttery from the extreme white wing of the Republican Party is simply another way to own the libs. In South Dakota local control is Republican control. That any Democrats still live in my home state remains a mystery.

#5 l3wis on 06.14.20 at 9:45 am

Kurtz, I edited your comment. I don’t think PTH is homophobic, I think he is scared. He’s scared to tell the gay community he supports equality and he’s scared to tell his church folks he supports their stance, so he says nothing. Which makes sense, because he has been one the most ‘do nothing’ mayors we have ever seen.

#6 D@ily Spin on 06.14.20 at 10:31 am

State ‘Independent’ at your polling place. I felt transgender. Worse, they told me I couldn’t vote in the council race or about charter revisions. I called the city auditor who corrected them. I wonder how many Independents got turned away when told they couldn’t vote. More than 130?
I’m changing to Republican so I can vote against everything.

#7 Erica on 06.15.20 at 1:33 pm

So because he doesn’t think it is the city Govts place to raise the pride flag it must be because he is a homophobe? Thats absurd. I guess we should just have the city flying all the flags then, huh. What day is the Trump flag allowed to fly? How about the Christian flag? OK with the Confederate flag?

There is a reason that the only flags that should fly from city hall are the city flag, state flag, and the American flag.

#8 l3wis on 06.15.20 at 3:54 pm

Like I said, I don’t think he is a homophobic, I think he is scared to take a stance. Oh and BTW, other flags have flown over CH including MIA and POW

#9 "Very Stable Genius" on 06.19.20 at 2:59 pm

A ‘Trump flag’ would be a partisan endorsement. A ‘Christian flag’ would violate the establishment clause, and the ‘Confederate flag’ would be traitorous. But a rainbow buffalo flag would support freedom and empowerment, while Trump, judgmental qualities, and traitorous bondage do not.