Pastor Michael Alexander: The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness

An anti-gay rights pastor in my local area seems to be auditioning for the lead role of John the Baptist in the ongoing drama of gay marriage in California. He has manage to get quoted in not just the Antelope Valley Press, but also now the LA edition of the Daily News:

Some of that backlash occurred to a small degree in the Antelope Valley, where a half-dozen protesters stood outside the county clerk’s office in Lancaster, holding signs that read, “The Blood of Jesus can Clean Your Soul,” and “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at Hand.”

“You are always in God’s presence. God sees everything,” the Rev. Michael Alexander said. “What’s going on right now is blasphemy and an abomination to him.”

Only five other protesters joined him, huh? This strikes me as a good sign that gay marriage in California is simply not something that religious conservatives are animated enough about to overturn. The voice of one–or five–crying in California’s desert wilderness (the Antelope Valley is in the Mojave desert) against gay marriage suggests that it may in fact be pretty secure in the rest of the state. It’s delicious to see anti-gay bigotry slowly but steadily being driven to the political margins.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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