Okay, I’ve seen home hilarious and ridiculous predictions of what will happen if the Supreme Court allows same-sex marriage, but Glenn Beck may have taken the cake. It isn’t as outrageous as some, like civilization itself will die, but it’s oddly specific and quite absurd.
Glenn has a pretty clear stance on gay marriage: if it neither picks his pocket or breaks his leg, it doesn’t matter to him if gay marriage is legal or not. He simply doesn’t believe people of faith and churches should be forced to support it if they don’t believe it. In fact, government shouldn’t even be a part of it. But with gay marriage now before the Supreme Court, he predicts that a ruling in favor of gay marriage could drastically change churches across the country.
“Hear’s (sic) my prediction: If gay marriage goes through the Supreme Court and gay marriage becomes fine and they can put teeth in it – so now they can go after the churches, like the president’s lawyer says – 50% of our churches will fall away. Meaning the congregations, within five years, 50% of the congregants will fall away from their church. Because they won’t be able to take the persecution,” Glenn said. “Because the stigma of going to church will be too much.”
“When it comes to religious principles, whether that religious principle tells you you should be for gay marriage or against gay marriage, whatever it is, you have to draw the line. Persecution is coming. If this goes through, persecution is coming,” he said.Glenn and Stu pointed listeners to the story of the Oregon bakery that now has to pay hefty fines of $135,000 to a lesbian couple after the owners refused bake them a wedding cake.
“Within five years, 50% of the people that you sit next to in church will not be there. And not because they’re like you know, I think it’s fine. Because they’ll say I can’t do that. I will lose my job. I’ve got people are picketing at my house. I just can’t do that,” Glenn said.
How amusing. Apparently he sees no difference at all between a business that is open to the public, which means it is not allowed to discriminate, and a church, which is absolutely allowed to discriminate. The wingnuts always gloss over this difference, as though there were a direct causal link between not allowing a florist to refuse to provide flowers for a gay wedding and frog-marching ministers out of the pulpit. But this is all intentional, I imagine. They know the difference, but it just doesn’t sell well. How do you keep listeners tuning in and money flowing? By scaring the hell out of people with lurid tales of impending persecution.
But here’s the thing: This is an entirely testable claim. Five years from June, Beck will be shown to be, to borrow a phrase from Christian apologetics, a liar or a lunatic.