Gay marriage fight = Armageddon

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.

9 Responses to “Gay marriage fight = Armageddon”
  1. Brian says:

    It’s unfortunate because Prison Fellowship Ministries is founded on a good principle. The organization will have a lot of explaining in later years when they fully understand “justice”. I already feel sorry for the communications director who will have to distance the organization from its founder.

    Oh well.

  2. Sam says:

    I’m not surprised they have moved to violent and militant language for many of them this is the it the end of their anti gay fight. If California votes down proposition 8 some of their number think the “homosexual agenda” has succeeded. The success of the “homosexual agenda” for them means that is the end of their movement and by extension the end of real Christianity.

    This is from their perspective the end of their world.

  3. Jarred says:

    Colson’s statement brings two thoughts to mind:

    1. Isn’t the impending Armageddon a good thing in the sense that it means the return of Christ? It always strikes me as odd how such people simultaneously yearn for and wish to avoid the End Time events they believe in.

    2. I’d say the bit about losing freedom of religion is a good indicator that Colson is a persecuted hegemon (the explanation for the term is towards the bottom of the linked post).

  4. You take his words too literally Mr. Comer. He is clearly using the word to make a point about how important this issue is. He’s not calling for violence or expecting this to be the literal Armageddon spoken of in scripture.

  5. Matt says:


    I’m sorry, but I don’t think it is an overreaction or “taking too literally” for a person to be upset by allusions to what is certainly the most violent, most graphic and most destructive event in the entire Bible as a simple analogy.

    It’s disgraceful.

    Matt Comer

  6. According to , a secondary use of the word with regard to a “decisive conflict” is acceptable. So perhaps Mr. Colson deserves the benefit of the doubt here.

  7. Matt says:

    Marcus, you should be more forthright. Even though the dictionary says “decisive” it is still connected with “catastrophic” —

    Ar·ma·ged·don (ärm-gdn) n.
    1. Bible The scene of a final battle between the forces of good and evil, prophesied to occur at the end of the world.
    2. A decisive or catastrophic conflict.

    Your defense of Colson might be somewhat valiant if Colson were not an educated religious leader, who certainly knows exactly what is contained in the Book of Revelation.

    How can anyone continue to defend religious leaders who choose to use violent, militant or war-like rhetoric? That isn’t of Christ. That’s not how he taught us to interact with each other and it’s not the way he sought out to see His Gospel spread.

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