In the NYT, the Beltway Dominionists are soiling their diapers at the prospect of the defeat of Prop 8. This is their last stand, and are declaring that religious persecution is around the corner unless it passes. In fact, owner of the KKK’s mailing list, and Family Research Council honcho Tony Perkins declares that this battle over marriage equality is more meaningful than the presidential election.
Conservative religious leaders from across the country are pouring time, talent and millions of dollars into the state in support of Proposition 8, which would ban same-sex marriage. They are hoping to reverse a California Supreme Court ruling in May that gave same-sex couples permission to marry, resulting in thousands of exultant same-sex weddings.
Similar marriage amendments are on the ballot next month in Arizona and Florida. But religious conservatives have cast the campaign in California as the decisive last stand, warning in stunningly apocalyptic terms of dire consequences to the entire nation if Proposition 8 does not pass.
California, they say, sets cultural trends for the rest of the country and even the world. If same-sex marriage is allowed to become entrenched there, they warn, there will be no going back.
OMG – does it mean the end of the world is around the corner? If so, why hasn’t Massachusetts caused the End Times? Oh silly, why should facts get in the way of The Rapture. Hyperbole alert…
“This vote on whether we stop the gay-marriage juggernaut in California is Armageddon,” said Charles W. Colson, the founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries and an eminent evangelical voice, speaking to pastors in a video promoting Proposition 8. “We lose this, we are going to lose in a lot of other ways, including freedom of religion.”
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian lobby based in Washington, said in an interview, “It’s more important than the presidential election.”
“We’ve picked bad presidents before, and we’ve survived as a nation,” said Mr. Perkins, who has made two trips to California in the last six weeks. “But we will not survive if we lose the institution of marriage.”
Doesn’t it leave you breathless?! Tony also takes the opportunity to knife John McCain in the back for not stepping up to the plate enough to help the fundies — even though he selected Sarah Palin to carry the torch of intolerance for them.
“He’s not helping, and he’s not being helped by the support for the marriage amendment,” Mr. Perkins said, in contrast to the campaigns of President Bush.
Fellow fundie Janet Porter takes an even more dire view of your soul. See below the fold. Janet Porter’s end of the road: ‘vote for Obama, go to hell’
The fundie-formerly-known-as-Janet Folger doesn’t have any more tools in the toolbox to scare voters away from Barack Obama. Apparently she has a hotline to God, who has sent down word that you will be one of Satan’s children if you don’t vote for McCain. From her WingNutDaily column, “You cannot be a Christian and vote for Obama“:
To all those who name the name of Christ who plan to willfully disobey Him by voting for Obama, take warning. Not only is our nation in grave danger, according to the Word of God, so are you … [T]his election is not about race. It’s not about the economy. It’s about obeying God.
Be forewarned: If you willfully disobey God on life and marriage because of race or false hope for the economy, you will usher in the kind of change that brought the Soviet Union to collapse.
But the warning goes far beyond that. To those who think that God’s grace gives them license to willfully disobey Him without consequences – think again:
Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matthew 7:21-23)
That deals with your eternity.
Obama supporters, you’ve earned a free ride on the Hell Express. Janet also has this warning (gee, what is that about judging others — is that section missing from the Bible (Porter edition)?
To those who call themselves by the name of Christ who ignore what God says about life and marriage, who and are clinging to a fantasy of economic gain, think again … Then obey Him in the voting booth and out of it. If not, do us all a favor and quit calling yourself a Christian.
Hat tip, Right Wing Watch.