Gay Marriage Terror Alert: California Pastor Says Gay Marriage Portends “the Dismantling of Western Civilization”

Conservative clergy members throughout California appear to be attempting to mount a formidable organizational pushback against gay marriage in California, and turning the rhetorical volume up to HIGH. 

Gay marriage represents “the dismantling of Western Civilization,” my local paper, the Antelope Valley Press, which serves northern Los Angeles County, quoted one pastor as saying.

The paper also states that no less than 75 of my area’s clergy members gathered today to strategize by conference call with 2000 of their colleagues throughout the state. Apparently, lawyers and James Dobson were also in on the call. Here’s the money quote:

The state Supreme Court’s blessing of same-sex unions portends “the dismantling of Western civilization,” a San Diego pastor told a Wednesday telephone conference that united an announced listenership of 2,000 church pastors at sites in California and other states – including a fervent audience of 75 area faith leaders gathered at Central Christian Church.

I was thinking, given that Western Civilization weighs in the balance come November, that perhaps the pastors, in the run up to the election, can get Fox News to carry an hourly updated Gay Marriage Terror Alert:

Blue = All clear. No gay couples seen loitering around county clerk’s offices. Safe to walk dogs and let children play outside.

Yellow = Sightings of gay newlyweds eyeing real estate “for sale” signs throughout the state. Consider selling your house–but not to a gay couple.

Orange = Sightings of gay newlyweds at state adoption agencies. Store one month minimum supply of food and fresh water in the event of earthquake, flood, or fire. 

Red = California voters reject amendment that would have banned gay marriage in the state of California. End of Western Civilization imminent. Order a complete set of the Harvard Classics Series from Take them to northern polar regions and establish remnant communities devoted to their study and copying. And this time, actually read them.

Here’s the link to the full Antelope Valley Press article:

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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1 Response to Gay Marriage Terror Alert: California Pastor Says Gay Marriage Portends “the Dismantling of Western Civilization”

  1. Look, it’s sad that alarmist preachers like Al Gore are given such credence but let a man of the cloth get a little excited, and we’ll demagogue the man to death. The preacher is wrong of course, and so is Al Gore. Portends indicate a future negative. Sorry. We’re there.

    Portends nothing… it IS , at the least, the proof, of the utter destruction of the Constitution of California, and by our silence, it is perhaps, proof of our acceptance of slavery. We the People are LETTING the government of California ban marriage. It has denied civil rights of all its citizens under the guise of making marriage inclusive, and, so far, we have said nothing. That’s who we are. That’s how numb we have become. Most people don’t even know that there are no more “husbands” and “wives” in California. (See:

    Why? The media says nothing. It’s all about poor victimized same sex couples. We are idiots. We don’t think. Portends the demise? Portends! Wake up! This is only one of the little indications of the pathetic state the West now finds itself in. Maybe the national debt is another hint. Perhaps the price of gas? Maybe the demise of the dollar? What do we make in this country anyhow? We just go on… Oh, I have my new wide screen TV, all is right with the world.

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