Anti-Gay Hate: Taking the Temperature


Nearly lost in all of the hullabaloo leading up to the U.S. Supreme Court gay marriage case was the cloud of anti-gay hysteria from our friends on the religious right. WC offers a sampling. Caution: following some of the links may make your head explode.

From Rick Wiles, host of something called “End Times”:

Now the communists rule this nation and everywhere communism takes control, they go after the churches and they kill the pastors and they demolish the church buildings and they reeducate the church children. That’s what’s coming to America. It’s already started.

We are at the end of the road as a nation. If the Supreme Court dares to defy Almighty God one more time, I’m telling you it will be the last time.

I believe I am speaking under the unction of the Holy Spirit. I’m telling you there will be swift, sudden and devastating consequences for the United States of America. America will be brought to its knees, there will be pain and suffering at a level we’ve never seen in this country. The word that I hear in my spirit is ‘fire.’ I do not know if it refers to riots or looting or war on American soil or a fireball from space. I simply know that a sweeping, consuming fire will come across the United States of America and this country will be charred and burned.

WC really does try to stay on top of the news, but somehow the fact this stuff “has already started” completely escaped WC. But wait, there’s more. U.S. Rep. Bill Flores (R, Texas, of course) blames the Baltimore riots on gay marriage:

Let’s talk about poverty, for instance. The single best indicator of whether or not a child is going to be in poverty or not is whether or not they were raised by a two-parent household or a single parent household, so the breakdown of the family has contributed to poverty. Look at what is going on in Baltimore today, you see the issues that are raised there. Healthy marriages are the ones between a man and a woman because they can have a healthy family and they can raise children in a way that’s best for their future, not only socially but psychologically, economically, from a health perspective. There is nothing like traditional marriage that does that for a child. Each of us have a mother and a father and there is no way to get around that.

Apparently logic wasn’t part of Rep. Flores’ education. Because with half of marriages ending in divorce, perhaps, just perhaps, Rep. Flores isn’t thinking clearly.

Then there’s Focus on the Family founder James Dobson.1 Dobson predicts a civil war:

In a conference call with other movement figures, Dobson was steadfast in his opposition. If the Supreme Court strikes down the state bans and states across the country fail to convene “a state constitutional convention to re-examine the Constitution” on marriage, Dobson warned, “we’re going to see a general collapse in the next decade or two.”

Worse, Dobson said, there could be a war: “Talk about a Civil War, we could have another one over this.”

Then there is Sam Rodriguez, who chairs something called the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. During a program that also featured presidential wannabes Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee, Rodriguez announced

[T]hat he and other NHCLC leaders signed a pledge to commit civil disobedience in defiance of any Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage. Rodriguez also told a reporter for the Christian Broadcasting Network that such a ruling would usher in a wave of anti-Christian persecution and possibly hate speech laws banning pastors from quoting the Bible.

WC isn’t a psychologist, but for his money this is classic psychological projection.

We certainly don’t want to overlook another presidential wannabe, Alan Keyes, who compared gay marriage to climate change. You can’t make this stuff up.

So there you have it: a giant fireball from heaven, a trigger for race riots, a civil war, civil disobedience and the apocalypse and worse than climate change. And likely the fall of western civilization and end times. Of course, we heard much the same things from our conservative religious colleagues when the ban on inter-racial marriage was overturned, when school segregation was overturned, and when laws prohibiting gay relationships were overturned.

Here’s WC’s prediction: the world will go, pretty much the same as always, without fireballs, civil wars, race riots or the end of humanity. There may be some civil disobedience by the Chrstianists, but that’s a right they have as a consequence of the actions of the supreme court they claim to loath.

Any inconsistency is to be ignored. Who needs logic when you’ve got God.


  1. He quit Focus on the Family when it wouldn’t hire his divorced son for a leadership position. 
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One thought on “Anti-Gay Hate: Taking the Temperature

  1. Very depressing indeed WC. This morning in old Anchor-Town though, many of us woke to uplifting news for a change, local hate monger and rabid fundamentalist Prevo received a comeuppance last night when his hand picked candidate for mayor got destroyed in a landslide election.

    In a previous post here I mentioned Charles Kimball, author of “When Religion Becomes Evil”, and “When Religion Becomes Lethal”. In “Lethal” I believe he to be spot on when he says: “Christian fundamentalist leaders like Pastor’s John Hagee and the Rev. Rod Parsley are the epitome of “cocksure christians”. These leaders deliberately engender fear and dehumanize others as they prepare the way for the theocracy they presume God requires.

    These two, among many others, “propagate destructive doctrines and political policies, if American leaders follow their guidance, we may well become the terminal generation. Following their lead, and their longed-for end-of-the-world conflagration may become a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

    “These fundamentalists are engaged in a militant struggle on behalf of a worldview they believe God has ordained. In political terms, their visions include a return to an imagined “ideal” time in the past or an endeavor to facilitate the ideal time just about to break into human history. They perceive themselves to be God’s chosen instruments to realize the divine purpose in creation. They represent Exhibit A in the contemporary manifestations of religion becoming lethal.”

    Whew!

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