As the Colorado Independent’s Joseph Boven reports:
The rise of gay pride is a sign delivered by God that the end of the world will begin in just a few short days on May 21. At least that is the prophecy of former Coloradan Harold Camping, the 89-year-old founder, president, and general manager of the radio network Family Stations Inc., the network that launched the end-of-world-campaign.
Christian Gay and lesbian groups say they aren’t so sure, and a professor at Iliff School of Theology says the claim that the world will end as the result of God’s wrath on a particular group of people transforms the end of the world prediction from a humorous story to a very dangerous one.
“No sign is as dramatic and clear as the phenomenal world-wide success of the Gay Pride movement,” Camping states in his online essay Gay Pride: Planned by God as a Sign of the End…
It is a message that meets with some skepticism within the gay community.
“We do not share this view of the rapture,” Karen Barr, moderator at the Christian organization Gay, Lesbian, & Affirming Disciples Alliance, Inc., said. “It is a modern invention that does not reflect the whole of the teaching of Jesus. We do believe that a world where people of all gender and sexual identities are welcomed, valued, and enjoy the same rights and responsibilities is a reflection of the values held in the heart of God as evidenced by the life and teachings of Jesus.”
We suppose that if the world does end this weekend, it really doesn’t make any difference whose fault it might be, does it? And if the world does not end, does that mean that Camping will admit that maybe God isn’t mad at homosexuals after all?
We’ve not heard from former Rep. Jim Welker, or incumbent Sen. Scott Renfroe, two Colorado politicos on the record with at least some equation of gay rights and mortal sin–so we can’t tell you with any certainty what their plans for Saturday might be. But if any of you out there are not sure how you’d like to dispose of your earthly belongings before then, send us an email and we can probably make that the least of your worries.