Weekly Rant: In-laws, Memorial Day, Gays, Sarah Palin, and the Antichrist

Weekly Rant: In-laws, Memorial Day, Gays, Sarah Palin, and the Antichrist May 30, 2009

picnicThis past Monday was Memorial Day. A day where Americans get together, have a cookout, and honor the men and women who gave their life in defense of our country.

While I have never served in the military, I usually make my own special sacrifice on Memorial Day.  Much like being drafted, my wife forces me to go to her parent’s house for burgers, hot-dogs, and a large helping of religious insanity. While I garnish a little sanity with my “secret flask of tolerance,” I usually spend my time smiling, nodding, and biting my tongue.

To understand the next part, you have to understand a little something about me. I honestly have no problem with people believing whatever they want concerning religion. This is a freedom I will defend with my life. However, I have one rule in these situations. If someone feels the need to regurgitate their vapid idiocy all over me, I feel I am obliged to give my opinion and request they back their views with reason and evidence. This I attempt to do gently with Machiavelli’s velvet iron glove. My only exception is when it involves some form of bigotry. All gloves are off at these times.

oldpeopleI once had to slap down an aunt’s ridiculous statement about how blacks pull people out of cars to beat them in the streets of Seattle. Another time, it was my father-in-law’s statement of the evils of the world which flowed from all forms of liberalism, Jesus returning soon, and how great it was in the “old days.” My response began with, “Yeah sure, if you were a white guy.”

On this particular trek into in-law-land, things were going smoothly. My family and I were close to leaving when the subject of “them gays” came up.

We were talking about a couple of old church friends who had recently “come out of the closet.” I guess it’s okay to be gay as long as you don’t act upon it, because we all agreed we always knew these people were gay. But then my father-in-law had to make a comment on how wicked and depraved our old friends had become. I won’t waste your time with my diatribe. Let me just point out that it went to a different level when the question was asked of me, “So you’re saying you disagree with God?”

mlkI am hopeful that one day, our children will look back at such discussions the same way we look at our parent’s discussions of race with their parents. (Which, by the way, have you noticed how many “bigots” of old, have retroactively always been big supporters of Martin Luther King Jr?) Unfortunately, as long as we give special validity to religious arguments, we will never get beyond the gay debate.  Has anyone ever made an argument against homosexuality that wasn’t based on religious beliefs?

Regrettably, the sacrosanct anti-homosexual squabble has gone one step further down the rabbit hole of lunacy.

palinbabyWhile Governor Sarah Palin is understandably outraged by her almost son-in-law exploiting her grandson in the pages of GQ (much like she did with her youngest child during the election), she can find some peace from the fact that the child is evidence that Levi is not the Antichrist.

According to an op-ed article in the Frontiersman, the Antichrist will not only be flaming with hellfire, he just might be a flaming homosexual.

See if you can follow this logic.

First, the writer, Pastor Ron Hamman, describes how revisionist history has created the esoteric word “homosexual” as a cleaned up version of sodomy.

While the word “homosexual” is not in the Bible, the behavior of those who practice homosexuality, and God’s estimation of them, very definitely is. When the word came into existence I cannot tell you, but what we can say for sure is that when Noah Webster published his first dictionary in 1828, it was not included. This means that homosexuality is a modern word invented to replace the word Noah Webster did include, sodomy, defined as a crime against nature. This is historical revisionism in action.

Second, he tells us how the word sodomy came from the Biblical town called Sodom. This town, as we all know, was where men were “lying with mankind as with womankind.” And where, for some reason, it was more acceptable for Lot to offer his his virgin daughters to the townspeople than to allow them access to his guests.

Thirdly, just in case you think God really doesn’t have a problem with men entering areas God has deemed “exit only,”  Pastor Hamman points this out:

Sodomy is the only sin for which God came down from heaven to destroy. Though God dealt with many other sins in various ways, there is no other for which he came down from heaven to verify and destroy. In the New Testament, sodomy is declared to be “against nature.” And of the men, Paul in Romans 1 says they leave “the natural use of the woman….”  In effect, there is no greater sin against God than to reject how he made you, and no greater sin against women than to reject how God made them.

That’s right. Forget rape, murder, incest, genital mutilation, slavery, and genocide (all of which God has endorsed), there is NO greater sin than being homosexual a sodomite.

antichristOkay, so we get it. Butt sex is bad, but will the Antichrist be a homosexual?

Having seen what the Bible says of sodomy, we have no further to look than the book of Daniel, chapter 11 to find our answer. It says, “Neither shall he [Antichrist] regard… the desire of women….” As I said at the onset, I am not the first to draw attention to this, but the verbiage is clear.

Before I continue, I should point out that the word “Antichrist” does not appear in any translation of this verse, or the original Hebrew (yes I checked).

But, because of all us fag lovers, he says this:

The time is ripe for such a leader. Indeed, it should not be surprising that the one who is against everything Biblical and Christian should be a partaker of so great a sin; there is no greater way to reject the Creator than to reject your gender and his design for it. And at what other time have we seen such perversion come out of the closets onto our streets, threatening violence if we do not accept their ways?

Is it any wonder that Revelation 13 says that this same Antichrist will make war with the saints of the tribulation, and overcome them? Are they not now readying themselves to make it illegal to “offend” them in any way, calling it hatred to preach against their sin? Is it because they love us? The time is ripe for such a man.

Finally, just in case you aren’t sold on how bad being gay is, the good Pastor ends with:

But remember that sodomy is the one sin that God left heaven and came to earth to destroy. Could it be that this will be the predominate sin on earth when Christ descends from the clouds to fight against the armies of wickedness? And will it be just a coincidence that the Antichrist will be the very first occupant of the lake of fire, tasting eternal death 1,000 years before even the devil himself?

You be the judge.

marshallcultPastor, I wish I could be the judge. I would judge you insane. I would judge that you should be given no more attention than a Grand Wizard of the KKK, or a member of Heaven’s Gate. I would judge that just because you have the world Reverend in front of your name, you do not have a license to spread hate. 

I don’t know. Perhaps I am blowing things out of proportion. Or, perhaps you, my dear reader, would like to call Pastor Ron Hamman and let him know what you think of his declarations of God’s word. His number just happens to be: 1-907-357-4229. Or maybe you would like to contact the Frontiersman and ask why they feel this lunacy is worth publishing? Would they publish an op-ed piece written by the leader of the Alaskan Nazi party? Their number is 1-907-352-2250.

Thanks for letting me rant.

Brother Richard

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