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Gays Are Bringing It On

Jim Burroway

May 18th, 2011

The rapture, that is.

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If you haven’t done so already, mark your calendar for May 21.

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Bernie
May 18th, 2011 | LINK

I feel so special! I always wanted to be part of something big!

David Malcolm
May 18th, 2011 | LINK

What I find funny is that 3% of the population according to this guy is gonna be raptured. Sounds like the number of gays in the world. So little does he know, we get to go first!

Timothy (TRiG)
May 18th, 2011 | LINK

To have lived so long and learned so little is rather sad.

TRiG.

beachewtoy75
May 18th, 2011 | LINK

Rapidly?

I wish.

Dustin
May 18th, 2011 | LINK

I love all the shots they show of the Castro, as if they’re trying to show the sunny nice neighborhood as a dark evil place.

I wonder to braved the neighborhood to get all those shots?

Timothy Kincaid
May 18th, 2011 | LINK

OMG… it’s Dracula. The rapture is being led by a vampire!!

Iamposterity
May 18th, 2011 | LINK

Well I guess I am going to wait and pay my bills on the 22nd….keeping my fingers crossed…maybe I will not have to pay them!

And if Jesus paid the price for our sins…does that mean I can dispute my bar charges?

gar
May 18th, 2011 | LINK

I’ve heard Family Radio on shortwave for over 30 years. Most of their programming is pretty boring — unlike, say, the late Gene Scott who’s still a hoot even in reruns. But I had no idea that they were this kooky. I wonder if they’ve been taken over by kooks recently or if they really were this kooky all along and I just wasn’t paying enough attention to notice.

Norm!
May 18th, 2011 | LINK

I wonder about that too, Iamposterity. Do you think this guy and his radio network have paid their bills beyond Saturday?

Richard Rush
May 18th, 2011 | LINK

Gays Are Bringing It On

Doesn’t this create a real conundrum for the raptured folks? Now they have gays to thank for receiving what they have always wanted more than anything. I wonder how they will express their gratitude.

But, on the outside chance that The Rapture doesn’t happen, will we be blamed? And will they punish us more than ever? Is that even possible?

mike
May 19th, 2011 | LINK

okay i’d love to know WHERE the HELL exactly i have all my rights and can walk out in public and kiss my partner and hold hands completely without trouble or being harrassed because it’s SERIOUSLY not here in Americorps.

mike
May 19th, 2011 | LINK

or much more importantly where can i get married since we ALL are SOOOO accepted now according to this guy.

dave
May 19th, 2011 | LINK

You know it isn’t going to happen because everything they say is twisted and lies.

Richard Rush
May 19th, 2011 | LINK

Dave said,

You know it isn’t going to happen because everything they say is twisted and lies.

Isn’t it amazing how God’s most fervent promoters don’t have anything better in their toolbox than lies, twisting, and deception? Wouldn’t you expect that the creator of the universe could/would provide his most devoted fans with better tools? Maybe that’s why scientists produce measurable tangible results, and religious fanatics produce Magic Truth.

Blake
May 19th, 2011 | LINK

Whenever I see anti-gay propaganda like this I go into an endless cycle of “what ifs” and I realize just how precarious our position in society is.
Y’know it’s fun to laugh at this guy, but his general idea: “it’s all the gays fault” is a dangerous idea. While everyone knows the rapture’s not going to come in three days (or ever), his stark demonization of the gays is a window into what we’re going to face as a community as we gain more rights (that is to say a strong minority of opinion that gay people are evil and the root of all evil).

In public discourse I don’t think ridicule is enough to combat this sort of propaganda. There is a big difference between saying “gay people are immoral and should be arrested” and “gay people are evil & the reason everything bad happens.” The first thought demonizes us as criminals, the second as enemies to society.

When I look at this sort of propaganda in the light of the Christianist/Dominionist movement, it becomes less funny. When I look at David Barton’s charisma it becomes even less funny. When I think about how a new generation of power-hungry charismatic Christians will hone this message, it becomes upsetting. When I think about how gullible the typical American is (especially when it comes to religious beliefs) it becomes a little scary. When I look at history & the strange social policies that came out of periods of economic decline, it gets terrifying.

We can laugh at this guy; we can say he’s ridiculous (because he is); we can let him hang himself with his own rope (coming-up on Saturday), but we should still recognize the danger his propaganda promotes and not write it off as drivel. We still have to make the counter-arguments. As in most cases we can do that by living honestly & openly. Thank you Box Turtle Bulletin for keeping a tab on the dangerous “Blame the Gays” and sorry I’m such a pessimist, but history & human nature have taught me to be one.

Priya Lynn
May 19th, 2011 | LINK

Blake, don’t you think by him insisting there is no chance the rapture won’t happen on Saturday that he loses all credibility when it doesn’t?

Blake
May 19th, 2011 | LINK

Sorry Priya I didn’t mean to imply he was making a good argument. My main point was that we can laugh at this guy but we should take his message seriously. Not the message that the rapture’s coming this weekend, but that “its gay people’s fault.” As more mainstream anti-gay leaders lose credibility they’re going to drop off into this loony-bin side of anti-gay animus. Right now their message is “gay people are immoral sexual deviants who shouldn’t be encouraged”. When they start saying something along the lines of “gay people are the reason for X” in a really charismatic and creative way… I think you can connect the dots.

joseph buck
May 19th, 2011 | LINK

this is talking about a book written by men not god ,it was stolen from every religion that existed before christianity they took what they needed to cow the masses by telling them think our way or you are damned

Kate
May 21st, 2011 | LINK

Is it just me, or does anyone else think it odd that at 2:18 in the video there is a shot of what looks like a cart full of pickles just before a closeup of a rainbow flag…seriously, did they chicken out at the sex toy shop in the Castro, and had to go with the subliminal imagery?

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