Thursday, May 19, 2011

End-Of-World Leader’s Proof Of Doomsday: It’s The Gays

Harold Camping (left), leader of the May 21 end-of-the-world campaign responsible for placing doomsday billboards across the country, has the goods as to why the world will end. It’s the gays, of course:

"God has given us an enormous amount of proof, like the gay pride movement and the extraordinary amount of wickedness in the world," the 89-year-old founder of the Family Stations Christian radio network recently told SF Weekly's Alan Scherstuhl.

That belief might explain why Camping authored a paper...last year titled "Gay Pride: Planned by God as a Sign of the End."

..."The world-wide success of the Gay Pride/Same Sex Marriage movement is a dramatic sign provided by God to warn the world that the world is on the threshold of Judgment Day," he wrote.

Camping cites Sodom and Gomorrha as an example of biblical cities that were destroyed by God for homosexual behavior.

Case closed? Here's a saner, less hate-filled theological perspective:

Iliff School of Theology Professor Miguel De La Torre told The Colorado Independent that the suggestion gay pride was a sign of doomsday makes the story even more dangerous. "To say that the world will end because of God’s wrath with a particular group of people is really a throwback to the darkest part of our culture," he said.

"I do not see anything in the Bible that condemns loving relationships between same-gender adults. God is not displeased by any loving relationship between two adults. This seems to be based more on cultural biases than any Biblical text."

Prof. De La Torre's last point is the same one made by Rep. Steve Simon (D-MN) as he criticized Minnesota Republicans for passing an initiative to place a constitutional amendment before voters to restrict marriage to heterosexuals.

Camping's last doomsday prediction in 1994 was clearly wrong. With that in mind, let me reassure my regular readers that I plan to post my weekly "Saturday Night at the Liberal Curmudgeon" musical feature on May 21.

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