It’s getting really religious out there. I’ve just learned that Jesus Christ is against same-sex marriage and is promoting a yes vote on Prop 8. Prop 8 would amend California’s constitution to take away the right of same-sex couples to get married.
I found this out when I saw a full page ad in the October 20 Los Angeles Times. The ad showed Jesus Christ on the cross. His head, with a crown of thorns, leaned to one side and his eyes closed. (See drawing) Further down the page, below some Bible verses, in large lettering was the demand ”Vote Yes on Proposition 8.”
S.R. Grubb and his firstname.lastname@example.org, who paid for the ad, have a vivid imagination -- arrogant, wrong, and callous, though it may be.
Powerful imagery this ad: The Son of God, at His most sacrificial moment, where He is giving His life to save all of humanity, and we are asked to believe that he has thoughts about same-sex marriage. Amazing! The Prince of Peace, who brought the world the Love of God, is now dragged into a political battle.
America guarantees religion the freedom of expression. America does not give religion the power to write the Bible into our State’s constitution. The Love which Christ brought to the world, belongs to everyone. Christ did not exclude anyone, not even gay men and lesbians, and, in fact, never mentioned nor condemned those who loved members of the same sex.
Meanwhile, down near San Diego, we learn from a front page Los Angeles Times article, that “Missy Huff has spent her days in a darkened church classroom, praying all day and into the night and subsisting on a pastel-colored regimen of VitaminWater and Jamba Juice smoothies.
“But she does not yearn for food.
She is too committed, she says, to the cause of traditional marriage.
‘God, we are asking for an awakening,’ she prayed one recent afternoon, standing before a group of young people who had come together to ask for divine intervention in California's upcoming election.”
Next to her, another woman, whose blunt black hair and fashionable clothing would not have been out of place at a Silver Lake club, added her own prayer: "I am asking for rains of revival to open up over California."
You’ve just gotta love these folk who find hate in the word love.
But, they love rain!
During the Democratic Convention, evangelical preacher Stuart Shephard, a director of Focus on the Family, prayed that God would make it rain so hard at Denver’s Mile High Stadium during Barack Obama’s Presidential acceptance speech, that the speech would have to be canceled.
Not to mention their love of hurricanes!
God has been begged many times by Reverend Pat Robertson to let hurricanes destroy parts of America in retribution for the unChristian-like behavior of the population. In fact, the late Jerry Falwell blamed gay men, lesbians, feminists, and the ACLU for the 9/11 attacks. (To his credit, Reverend Falwell did finally apologize.)
A recent Los Angeles Times editorial observed, “Californians tend to be an open-minded crowd that wouldn't take kindly to a campaign attacking homosexuality or attempting to strip away people's rights...With the defeat of this proposed ban on gay marriage, they say, schools would begin indoctrinating children as young as kindergartners to be wholehearted supporters of such marriages. The ads point to the case of a Massachusetts teacher reading the picture book "King and King," about a gay royal wedding...This is emotional stuff for many parents.
But the dry reality of California education law tells a different story... ‘Instruction and materials shall teach respect for marriage and committed relationships.’...Most important, the law contains paragraph after paragraph guaranteeing parents the right to review the material being taught and to have their children excused from all or any part of it...Proposition 8 would change none of that.”
Andrew Sullivan, the conservative columnist writing his Daily Dish in The Atlantic, proposed that “...As expected, one reason Proposition 8... is still viable in California is because of strong African-American support. Black Californians back the anti-gay measure by a margin of 20 points, 58 - 38...Memo to Obama: make an ad. Speak loudly. Defend equality. Defend it when it might actually lose you some votes. Show us you are not another Clinton.”
Meanwhile, in an interview with CBN’s David Brody, Sarah Palin signaled her support for a constitutional ban on gay marriage, a position that John McCain once described as “antithetical in every way to the core philosophy of Republicans.” Said Sarah, “...in my own, state, I have voted along with the vast majority of Alaskans who had the opportunity to vote to amend our Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman.”
When the federal marriage amendment was being debated in 2004, John McCain broke from his party’s leadership and took to the Senate floor to denounce it in notably stark language. "The constitutional amendment we're debating today strikes me as antithetical in every way to the core philosophy of Republicans," McCain said. "It usurps from the states a fundamental authority they have always possessed and imposes a federal remedy for a problem that most states do not believe confronts them."
New Prop 8 TV ads are hitting the airwaves as we approach November 4. The Yes on 8 ads are scary and untruthful. Surely the religious folk know that TV is no match for the power of God’s love. The Christian God is not a punishing God. God has already shown us the way. We are to love each other.
The King of Kings is not against and not judging King and King!
Carl Matthes is a native of Los Angeles and has lived in Eagle Rock for over 40 years. He is a former president and a current Board member of Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance. He is a former columnist and a current advisor to the Lesbian News, the oldest lesbian publication in America. He was editor of the GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) newsletter and a former GLAAD National Board member. He has also been a Board member of AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
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