King of Kings Is Not Judging King and King


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, 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.”

carl-matthes.jpgNew 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

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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  1. Georgia says

    I’m confused. Sometimes I hear on Fox news that Osama Bin Laden destroyed the twin towers because we have legal abortions? Then they say Al Queda is against Christians, and that is why they ‘terrorized’ us. Then James Rudolph an ‘anti – abortion’ nut set off 2 bombs in my city, ATL,GA, and just barely failed at bombing the Olympics. Rudolph is Christian, but Senator Obama is evil? And why does McShame have his ‘transition’ person someone that had dealings with Hussein to make millions off of the ‘bombs for food’ campaign? I am really confused. Palin supports trophy hunting for rich people to kill polar bears, wolves, and whatever else makes them happy, and yet she is ‘pro life’? Pro life for what? Unborn fetus’s? Soldiers and wildlife don’t count?
    McShame hire the same person that had a smear campaing against him in 2000 saying he had an illigetimate black child, on robocalls, and now uses him against Obama? Dammmmmmmn . I actually respected McCain in 2000. Why? Because he was going to finally throw out the evil lobbyists that are like the ‘money changers in the temple’ that Jesus threw out. I’m not religious, but I remember my Sunday School teachings as a small child. Lobbyists have stolen the power of voting from Americans. Finally, Obama runs on nothing but donations from the public. McCain is soooooo pissed that Obama is raising millions more by people like me that donate $25 per pay check, because it is THAT IMPORTANT than Obama wins to me. A 50 yr old white woman with no children. I need my job, my insurance, and my 10 year old car. I lost my 401K and my Foreclosed home due to predatory lending. I had a 42K a year career in the travel industry before 9/11. That went away, and I had to find a new career while paying bills. My home was only 82K, and I could afford that, but the lenders told me to pay off credit cards, and sent 2 appraisers to get them the 120K appraisal they needed to use my home for the loan to consolidate. I blame myself for being ignorant of the consequences. But I understand why I thought I could trust this lender while they were telling me I would save thousands on interest if I did this.

    I don’t condone people with $34,000 a year jobs buying $340,000 McMansions and Hummers being bailed out. But I do want the single mothers, elderly, honest citizens, and more the opportunity to keep their homes that they bought honestly, before they were offered a ‘loan’ too cheap to pass up at 3.4 % etc… to pay off bills, buy the first new car ever, etc… Those are the people that Obama wants to help. Not the wastrals that never really intended to keep their McMansion. It costs more money to society to evict a family, and make them homeless than it does to help them for a few months until they can afford to stay in their home. And my opinion of what ‘LYNCH MOB MENTALITY IN AMERICA SHOULD BE? PROSECUTE AND TAKE AWAY THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT THE GREEDY WALL STREET CEO’S, CFO’S, AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS THAT AIDED AND ABETTED THE COLLAPSE OF WASLL STREET’. I reeeeeealllly want to see McCain and his “Keating 5” friends prosecuted. McCain can NOT ever claim ingnorance since he saw what deregualtion did to SL & P !

  2. says

    Living in Europe for 10-years, the place of the original Crusades on behalf of the Carpenter of Galilee, I am sick and tired of the religious right sticking their bloody noses where they do not belong to whip up fear and hatred.

    My prayer is that we end their cycle of control, paternalistic dominance and just flat-out lying once and for all. Let me interpret whatever scripture I decide to read. I do not need anyone to tell me what they think historians telling a fable 400 years after the fact think Jesus or anyone else in the Bible really meant or else maybe a brief period of fundamental Islam law up their butts will change their tune.

    The USA is a pluralistic, mutli-ethnic, muti-religious or none at all state. What goes on in someone’s bedroom is their business not ours. A women’s body is hers to decide what to do with not the state’s.

    This election has made me very, very angry and it’s time for the great silent majority to call these lumatics out and give them a god ole ass-whumpin’

    Their tactics will never work again thanks to sites like this and an electorate choosing to draw a line in the sand underneath them and I’m hoping their castles of hate collapse on top of them!

    If I was still in CA I’d vote to allow you to marry anyone you choose to share a life with like I was blessed to so do with my wonderful wife. Your life is your life, not mine and nobody else’s damned business.

    Good luck and Godspeed sir.

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