Sodom and Greensboro
Vote for North Carolina’s amendment to ban gay marriage, or God will strike you dead.
6. Gay marriage will lead to man-on-dog marriage. Daniel Heimbach, a professor of Christian ethics at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, says voters should approve the amendment because “if marriage is radically redefined as being just a way of affirming private feelings of loving attraction, then equality will require allowing people who love dogs to marry dogs, and people who love ice cream to marry ice cream.” (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)
7. Failure to pass the amendment would be treason against God. At an April 20 rally, David Gibbs, president of the Christian Law Association, told the crowd: “The highest crime that our country has is murder. And the second highest crime is treason. For us not to pass this amendment is treason in God’s court.” Gibbs went on: “If we don’t raise our voice at a moment like this, it is treason in heaven. … We’re betraying the savior who called us.”
8. If we don’t pass the amendment, we’ll lose God’s protection from economic, environmental, and racial disaster. The coalition issues this threat in video featuring a statement from Billy Graham’s daughter, Anne Graham Lotz. “I support an amendment to our constitution that would define marriage exclusively as the union of a man and a woman,” Lotz tells voters. “Because we live in such perilous, unstable times economically, environmentally, politically, globally, racially and even religiously, we need the security that comes from God's protection and blessing. This is not the time to defy Him by flaunting an institution He has clearly ordained, thus provoking His displeasure.”
A homemade video for the amendment delivers a similar message: “People ask me, two gay people getting married, how does it affect me personally? It doesn’t affect me at all. What does affect me as a society [is] losing God’s grace upon this great nation, our state, and our local churches. … I will not take a chance of losing God’s grace upon this great state.”
9. If we don’t pass the amendment, God will strike us down like Sodom. “Several times in the Old Testament, God said to destroy the Sodomites,” Ron Baity, president of Return to America, reminded pastors at a March dinner for the amendment. “I’m not asking us to do that. I’m just telling you what God said.” At the April 20 rally, another minister added: “God told us. If He judged Sodom and Gomorrah, He will judge this nation if we continue on the pathway we are on.”
So get out there and vote, people of North Carolina. Make your decision on fact, not fear. Just don’t undermine our productivity, impoverish our children, sanction bestiality, or risk God’s wrath. You’ll be sorry if you do.
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