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Gay Marriage is Destroying Christianity

Last year when the whole Proposition 8 campaign was in full swing, all the fundamentalist religious groups raised record amounts of money. Just to give you an idea of what record amounts of money looks like, here are the top two fundamentalist groups:

Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) – $278.7 MILLION Dollars
Focus On The Family – $160 MILLION Dollars

After they won the Proposition 8 Campaign, both groups celebrated with lay offs:

Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) – Cut 60 Jobs
Focus On The Family – Cut 202 Jobs

In other words, these groups raised and spent large amounts of money and won a small victory, which ended up costing them in the long run. Not only that, but last week, while these groups were out spending money fighting Vermont’s legalization of Same-Gender-Marriage (which they lost) they dropped the ball on Iowa. They actually lost a state, which isn’t all that liberal.

The funny thing is that they vastly outspend progressive groups on this issue and they are losing group. Now that Iowa has legalized Same-Gender Marriage, more progressive states will start stepping up out of sheer embarrassment. Within the next few months we will no doubt see an avalanche of states legalizing Same-Gender-Marriage.

As the economy continues to slow up, fewer donations will be made to these Religious Right organizations and yet they will have to step up their spending if they wish to continue their fight on this issue. The Culture War is coming to an end in a similar fashion as the Cold War with the Soviet Union came to an end. The Religious Right has over extended their hand and now they are struggling to keep up the fight. The more we box them in on this issue and similar issues the more money they will have to drain to keep up the fight. Soon they will have to admit defeat on this issue and play the persecuted card. But they can only play that card so often before they completely drain their base of resources.

How does this affect Christianity as a whole? Quite frankly, the Religious Right are the face of Christianity and the more they look silly the more people will distance themselves from Christianity as a whole. Multiple polls are showing the same trends. Christianity as a whole is on the decline, yet fundamentalism is on the rise. More mainstream Christians are becoming fundamentalists and fundamentalists are losing ground financially. Because at the end of the day, fundamentalists still hold the Biblical High Ground when it comes to Christian belief and yet they hold the Moral Low Ground when it comes to the issues.

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  • existential blues

    Very well stated. The evangelicals are fighting the same culture war they’ve been fighting for 30 years. They are frozen in time. Wedding their religion to right-wing politics was a mistake that has gravely harmed their movement (if you believe the statistics), and will eventually destroy it.

    • http://www.myspace.com/illicit_paradigm Illicit Paradigm

      You are absolutely right about wedding politics and religion, though in this day and age it’s the only way to get things done from either side of the fence. When politicians are confused for religious spokesmen, people are hesitant because you can’t be a viable candidate AND a staunch religious persona with a wide support base. Not in this day and age. Though it is a set back, I highly doubt it will lead to destruction.

  • http://www.myspace.com/illicit_paradigm Illicit Paradigm

    To say that gay marriage is ‘destroying’ Christianity is a bit of a leap of logic. That’s to assume it’s the only factor in society that Christians, as a whole, feel they are losing ground on. In this ‘progressive’ society that’s hardly the case. Matter of fact today I read a report on certain state governments rethinking “sexting” as a legitimate form of teenage and preteen communication. There are people carrying this banner as well in the hopes that the child pornography stigma is removed from the issue. Christians don’t fear change as much as you might think, we don’t have to like it, but it is the way this country is built. As more Americans (especially the younger generations) become enlightened, they lend their money, their presence and their voices to the overall cause of the moment. Christianity as a whole is as strong as it ever has been, the overall percentage of society however IS declining. I am curious, on what basis are you sayin that these two groups ‘celebrated’ with layoffs? As you may be aware layoffs recently aren’t exactly newsworthy and every part of society is feeling the squeeze. As for these groups being the face of Christianity, let’s put a more fine point on it and say they are the self-proclaimed figureheads. A banner to rally behind, but hardly the epitome of the cause. Donation and support doesn’t denote absolute agreement. These groups too, have their causes of the moment.

    You did cause me to laugh a bit however. Comparing the Cold War to the culture war. Keep in mind there will always be opposing factors within any culture or society, it’s the way our society is built. It was the basis upon which this country was founded in fact. From partisan politics to homosexuality there will always be a hurdle to jump when attempting to unite any given nation. So long as the proverbial mixing pot of America is still added upon, that status quo will continue to thrive as well. I understand the point being made and on a level it’s true, I just find the comparison amusing. They’re on such staggeringly different scales.

    • http://Facebook Ed Baker

      Weren`t there a few Fundamentalist Pastors who were CAUGHT having GAY SEx ,yet they preached against it .Pastor Ted ????
      Do you believe in TALKING SNAKES ????

      • http://www.myspace.com/illicit_paradigm Illicit Paradigm

        Hmm, is this an attempt to bring a pineapple to a gun fight, in lieu of a knife? What point are you trying to make? Please read my response in its entirety. Thanks.

  • http://www.myspace.com/andrewtheatheist AndrewtheAtheist

    It seems to me that controversy is good for the economy. In that spirit, I say we legalize prostitution, and watch the religious right stimulate (I said stimulate) the economy. It’s a win-win. Either the movement losses and the religious right spends millions stopping it, or prostitution is legalized and some REAL stimulation begins!

    • http://shaunphilly.wordpress.com Shaun

      That’s either the most insane or most brilliant idea I’ve ever heard. Is it possible to be both?

      • http://www.myspace.com/andrewtheatheist AndrewtheAtheist

        Thank you!!

    • Grand Guignol

      yeah, then the organizations will rail against it while the members make it the largest US industry.

    • http://Facebook Ed Baker

      Yea ,Legal Prostitution …I bet forcible rape goes down ……

    • BlackHatGirl

      brilliant!

    • http://myspace.com/blackhawk089 Matt

      lol andrew your really stuck on this legalization of prostitution arn’t you? I could have sworn you were married and had a child…… ;-)

      • admin

        I’m married and have a child and I agree we should legalize prostitution. I don’t think one has to do with the other Matt. Even when I was single and had the opportunity to go with friends to a house of prostitution, I didn’t go. But I still think that it should be legal. But that is a topic for another blog.
        -Staks

        • http://myspace.com/blackhawk089 Matt

          Twas a joke…I was trying to lighten the mood….haha, he just has referenced that several times….

          • http://www.myspace.com/andrewtheatheist AndrewtheAtheist

            I think adults have a right to regulate their own bodies. From this stance comes my postition on abortion, illegal drugs, prostitution, marriage and sex education. While we seem to talk alot about abortion, gay marriage, sex education (or even education in general) and even occasionally speak about drugs, we almost never talk about prostitution. I just want to be That Guy who always reminds people about prostitution. :)

  • http://www.poweressence.com/evolve Maxwell Jennings

    Fundamentalists think they own the definitions of marriage and of family. If they were ultimately confident in their beliefs, they would know that their god will handle all of this in the end and the fundamentalists will have their told-you-so day of rejoicing that the rest of us are headed to their version of hell. Influencing people to vote in any particular way is mob-rule tactics, which eventually loses out as rational thinking and common decency eventually wins. Religious institutions are fully in their rights to restrict marriages within their proceedings since they are private ‘clubs’, but they have no right to restrict what other people do outside of their realm of ultimate control. Initiatives such as proposition 8 in California should never be allowed on the ballot since it is discrimination based on religiously-justified bigotry.

  • http://www.myspace.com/rothtalltales Tralf

    Fundamentalists won’t soon loosen their grip on the issue because it’s one of the last vestiges of their movement’s power. Beside gay marriage and abortion, what do they have? Fantastical stories and rituals that have lost their panache and drawing power. Their behavior reflects that of any dying species, desperation and a retreat to familiar ground.

    Randy

  • CRDFilm

    The only thing destroying the sanctity of marriage and the traditional family unit is divorce, so why isn’t this made illegal? Doesn’t the holy marriage ceremony that the religious zealots want to protect so badly specifically say, “what God has joined together, let no man put asunder”? And we’ve certainly seen many instances of religious leaders, ministers, etc. dissolving their own marriages for other partners, and this is okay why?