Radical Right leader Chuck Colson of Prison Fellowship Ministries has said the fight over California marriage equality and Proposition 8 is Armageddon:
“If sexual freedom is the ultimate liberty, then you have to rewrite the Bill of Rights,” Chuck Colson, founder of the Prison Fellowship Ministries, says on a Yes on Proposition 8 video produced by the American Family Association for distribution to pastors and Christian activists. “This vote on whether we stop the gay marriage juggernaut in California is the Armageddon. We lose this — we’re going to lose in a lot of other ways, including freedom of religion.”
Colson, who will speak at the National Conference on Christian Apologetics with Dr. James Dobson in Charlotte on Nov. 7-8, should not be ignored. His language, a throw-back to violence and rhetorical militancy, should not be taken lightly.
Although Christians around the world disagree on whether the events in the Book of Revelation are “prophecy,” one thing is agreed upon: The series of events described in detail by St. John the Divine are extremely graphic, extremely violent and the ultimate symbol of “the end of the world.”
By comparing marriage equality and the rights of LGBT people to Armageddon, Colson has stooped to using violent, militant language to push conservative voters to the polls. What other unintended consequences could Colson’s violent allegory have on the rights and lives of LGBT people?
This shameful, violent language should not be tolerated. Even for the American Family Association, this is a new, dispicable low.