If two men/women can marry, Christians will be forced underground.

Pastor Jim Garlow, one of the primary figures behind prop 8.  He’s this guy:

Anyway, he just went on Janet Mefferd’s show to talk about gay marriage.  Did you know that if we let two consenting adults get married, even if they are of the same gender, that Christians will have their property seized and have to go underground?  It’s true, Garlow said!

Garlow: I think it’s important for people to realize what’s really at stake here. And I know this sounds sound strange, most of us assume naively that what homosexuals are actually for is marriage. And that is not true, at least not universally true. What they want is to destroy marriage.

I think Masha Gessen out of Australia was the most open one I’ve seen on it. She’s a homosexual activist and she just said bluntly, ‘Let’s face it, we don’t want marriage, we want the end of marriage.’ And that’s exactly what happened, of course, in European countries, where they changed the laws regarding what the definition of marriage is and people just stopped getting marriage. And you’d think marriage rates would go up. Instead, they dropped because nobody respects the institution anymore.

And that’s what the heart of this is, not only to end marriage, they’re not demanding marriage for themselves, they want us, to force us to affirm an immoral behavior.

Mefferd: That’s it. And the religious liberty issue, and I know you’ve been really big on this as well, I think more Christians need to understand the connection between advancing LGBT rights and retreating Christian rights.

Garlow: If same-sex so-called marriage is established as the law of the land, many of the people who are listening to my voice right now, not maybe immediately but at some point in the future, if they are followers of Christ, will be forced underground. Their buildings will be taken away from them, many of their rights will be taken away from them.

Strange how in all the other places gay marriage has been recognized this has not happened.  Garlow’s dystopia, where the majority which has all the power in congress are somehow the ones oppressed, is much like the second coming of Christ: it’s coming, you watch out!  Aaaaaaaaany day now…

This is what happens when you have no good arguments, but still refuse to change your mind: you have to try to win arguments in ways other than making good arguments.  In this case, Evangelicals are going with “Holy shit is there anything I can say that will scare you all into compliance???”  Nope.  The people who can still be controlled by fear of whatever falsity you dream up are already in your pews running from Lucifer.  The rest of us will be making our ethical calls based on the soundness of arguments and not our fear of phantoms.

They say religion can take away your fear.  Nonsense, it creates the fear so it can promise you the cure.

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.