Same-Sex Marriage, the End Times, Noah’s Flood and the Antichrist

Same-Sex Marriage, the End Times, Noah’s Flood and the Antichrist April 30, 2015

Right Wing Watch has a roundup of some of the more bizarre and extreme predictions from the Christian right about what calamities will befall us if the Supreme Court strikes down bans on same-sex marriage. The last two strike me as particularly amusing.

4) Flood!

Gay rights advocates are not only turning America into Sodom and Gomorrah (as Pat Robertson claims), but they are also risking the destruction of the planet, argue some far-right pundits who believe that Noah’s Flood was divine punishment for homosexuality. Scott Lively, the pastor best known for his work promoting anti-gay laws in countries like Russia and Uganda, claims that “the Great Flood of Noah in Genesis 6-9 was precipitated by homosexual sin.”

“We need to remember that in the time leading up to the Flood what the rabbis teach about the last straw for God before He brought the Flood was when they started writing wedding songs to homosexual marriage,” Lively said, “and Jesus said that you’ll know the End Times because it will be like the days of Noah. There’s never been a time in the history of the world since before the Flood when homosexual marriage has been open and celebrated, and that’s another sign that I believe that we’re close to the end…. I think this is the issue of the End Times: homosexuality.”

Another pastor claimed God “brought the flood” because he “knew that the people of the earth were going to destroy themselves through same-sex marriage.” Porter has similiarly called gay marriage “the final straw that led to the Flood.”

So we have one segment of the Christian right saying that no society has ever had same-sex marriage before, therefore we shouldn’t try it now, and another saying that it has been done before. There’s zero evidence of that, of course, even from the Bible, which nowhere mentions anything remotely like same-sex marriage. Nor was there ever a Noah or a flood, for that matter.

5) Antichrist!

The destruction of freedom and America at the hands of gay rights advocates, some Religious Right voices warn, will eventually lead to the coming of the Antichrist.

Jeffress said that the purported gay persecution of Christians “will pave the way for that future world dictator, the Antichrist, to persecute and martyr Christians without any repercussions whatsoever,” while Gordon Klingenschmitt, a televangelist and Colorado Republican state representative, called LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination laws a “sign that the End Times are really upon us. When the Antichrist rises up to persecute Christians and behead us and throw us in jail for our Christian faith, you don’t think it’s going to be over things like this?”

But as I keep asking, shouldn’t they think this is a good thing? Remember, their belief is that all of that is inevitable and is part of the great plan of God. Even if they’re right about this (and they’re not, obviously), gay rights advocates would merely be acting out the will of God. So why are they being demonized for that? Shouldn’t the wingnuts be thanking them for hastening the return of Christ?

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