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1,000 California Pastors Launch 'Call to Arms' on Same-Sex Marriage

Pastor Jim Garlow of the 2,500-member Skyline Church in San Diego County organized a conference call of more than 1,000 mostly Evangelical ministers yesterday to discuss strategy related to the anti-gay ballot measure headed to California's ballot in November:

Garlow"The strategy session, which included input from lawyers and political consultants, was the opening of what conservative religious leaders hope will become a massive Christian outpouring of support for the proposed amendment. The effort will include a 40-day fast leading up to election day, along with 100 days of prayer. On the weekend before the election, Garlow told the ministers, the goal would be to fill Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego and other amphitheaters with people praying for a ban on gay marriage...All told, organizers said, the ministers on the call lead congregations totaling about 1 million people."

If you remember, earlier this week I posted that the Church of Latter Day Saints is also gearing up for battle.

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  1. I am hoping that they will not be successful! However, I am concerned. The vote in 2004 was overwhelming against gay marriage. I know that the times/minds have changed, but how much? I just do not want to go backwards! Good luck California...the country is watching.

    Posted by: RB | Jun 26, 2008 8:25:28 AM

  2. Can someone Please TAKE AWAY thier TAX exempt status already!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jun 26, 2008 8:27:53 AM

  3. Amazing aint it? You would think they'd/these SUPPOSED Christians would put as much energy in..oh, I don't know...Helping the People of California's SKID ROW? Where people are practgically dying of hunger,treatable diseases,drug addiction... POVERTY? HUNGER? They make me sick...Im so glad I got out of organized religion!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jun 26, 2008 8:31:00 AM

  4. Unbelievable... if they would instead devote all this effort to feeding the poor or saving the environment of the planet, what good could be done. Instead it makes more sense to stand against love and fidelity between two people. This is a moral compass that needs some calibrating. Evangelicals need to ask themselves, "What would Jesus do?"

    Posted by: Anonymous | Jun 26, 2008 8:35:11 AM

  5. It seems tragic that good Christian people aren't putting as much energy into things like poverty and ending the war. Things that MATTER instead of trying to stop two people from loving eachother from marrying.

    Posted by: Becky | Jun 26, 2008 8:37:18 AM

  6. It's not that I am anti-Christian, it's that I am pro-lion.

    Posted by: Rad | Jun 26, 2008 8:46:03 AM

  7. And in true religious nut job fashion, we have a 40 day fast. How very dramatic. It's like, "We'll show you!, we'll starve ourselves!". Well good luck with that. It's truly inspiring to see such brilliant minds at work.

    Posted by: JJ | Jun 26, 2008 9:17:10 AM

  8. I am more than happy to help enforce the fast if they need any help.

    Posted by: crispy | Jun 26, 2008 9:26:28 AM

  9. Isn’t it wonderful how hate and fear can unite such a disparate group of Americans? I guess I missed their 40-day fast to end the war in Iraq and the 100 days of prayer for those living in poverty.

    Posted by: ggreen | Jun 26, 2008 9:29:09 AM

  10. I'm all for the 40 day fast. They'll be too weak to go vote.

    Posted by: Patrick | Jun 26, 2008 9:37:44 AM

  11. IS EVERYONE AWAKE NOW? Do you see that homophobia is rampant and rabid? It's not getting better, it's getting worse with those fucking so called "christians". It's time we organize and take our cases to the Supreme Court Of The United States.

    The tyranny of the majority can not rule over minorities, no matter how much they vote.

    Posted by: Bobby | Jun 26, 2008 9:56:25 AM

  12. Same-sex marriage, the new Evangelical diet plan!

    Posted by: Ernie | Jun 26, 2008 9:58:16 AM

  13. If all they're doing is prayer and fasting, we've got this thing sewn-up! Normally I am opposed to people doing completely nonsensical things. In this case, I tell them to go one with their bad selves!

    Posted by: GM | Jun 26, 2008 10:15:46 AM

  14. I second revoking their tax exempt status and that of any 'church' that seeks to meddle in the business of the State.


    God help the poor, because His followers aren't going to.

    Posted by: Ben | Jun 26, 2008 10:23:49 AM

  15. ::It's time we organize and take our cases
    ::to the Supreme Court Of The United States.

    Patrick, I wouldn't assume that the US SCt is going to be supportive. It may still be too soon to ask the high court to recognize gay marriage rights.

    ::If all they're doing is prayer and
    ::fasting, we've got this thing sewn-up!

    A NY Times article from a year or two ago summarized a large study about the effectiveness of prayer for people who were ill. They discovered that most times, prayer made no difference in the course of illness, BUT sometimes it actually made the illness worse - compared to the control group.

    The vote could be very close. Even if the amendment passes, they can mount a campaign to repeal it. If it does pass, thousands of married couples will be very sad and hurt.

    Posted by: Progression | Jun 26, 2008 11:28:39 AM

  16. Religion has no place in politics. The USA takes pride and leadership in many things, however it appears that Canada is more advanced then the USA. Did the politicians not pay any attention to the same battle that Canada went through with Gay marriage and the definition of marriage?

    Posted by: Jack | Jun 26, 2008 11:29:42 AM

  17. Maybe we'll get lucky and they will all starve to death during the "fast."

    Posted by: Shane | Jun 26, 2008 12:03:00 PM

  18. I think a 100 day fast would be more effective.

    Obviously, gays need to counter-organize and not just sit on our laurels.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 26, 2008 1:10:49 PM

  19. RB, Prop 22 which was the initiative recently struck down by the CA court was passed in 2000, not 2004.

    Disgusted, what makes you think even more energy isn't put into those social justice causes than is being called for here? This isn't a zero sum game. Also, $300 billion in charitable giving annually is not insignificant. That doesn't even count volunteerism. Or groups which are not considered charities. I hope you're doing your part.

    As to those hoping for starvation, you're not winning any friends with that viewpoint. These are well meaning people with grave concerns. They should be engaged directly in vigorous debate, not wished harm.

    So many trumpet the importance of being "out" and "proud" but don't stop to think they're each an EXAMPLE and reflect (in this case negatively) on the community.

    Posted by: queendru | Jun 26, 2008 1:26:42 PM

  20. Hey, Andy... just wanted to note that AP Style for the proper name of the Mormon/LDS church is "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" -- FWIW.

    Posted by: Mark in Portland | Jun 26, 2008 2:06:40 PM

  21. Disgusted American, that is the great mystery of our times...why do these so-called "christian" churches still get tax-exempt status when they are openly proselytizing their congregations and others to vote against what is a SECULAR proposal that has nothing to do with their churches or their Constitutionally-guaranteed right to freely exercise their religion? If these execrable people succeed in their ballot initiative, I say that this will be the last straw and there will be no other choice but to attack those people by whatever means necessary. A message MUST be sent to all homophobes and bigots: OUR RIGHT TO LIVE OUR LIVES FREELY IS NO LONGER NEGOTIABLE!

    Posted by: mike | Jun 26, 2008 2:12:20 PM

  22. Does anyone have any opinion about the best organization to donate $$$ to in order to counter these right wing, hateful idiots?

    Posted by: peterparker | Jun 26, 2008 2:18:58 PM

  23. RAD...your response was HILARIOUS!!!

    Posted by: peterparker | Jun 26, 2008 2:24:06 PM


    Posted by: ButchSF | Jun 26, 2008 2:30:30 PM

  25. "These are well meaning people with grave concerns."

    Queendru--What??!! These are not well meaning people. They want to prevent YOU from having the same rights that they have. They want to inject their religious views and ignorance into my life. Vigorous debate with religious zealots is a waste of breath. It's the reasonable people we need to reach, and most reasonable people see these fanatics for what they are.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jun 26, 2008 4:52:40 PM

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