Case in point here comes from Jim Garlow, pastor of Skyline Wesleyan Church in La Mesa. He recently led a conference call sponsored by Concerned Women for America in which he used militaristic language in order to describe his commitment to undermining equality and then compared same-sex marriage to radical Islam — but in a way that made radical Islam look better and more peaceful!
Assuming the story is true, it should be noted that Jim Garlow is not the origin of this idea that equal marriage rights for gays is worse than radical Islam, but at the same time he appears to agree with it whole-heartedly and is fine spreading it around as part of the effort to take away equal rights from gays. So, I think it's more than reasonable to hold him personally accountable for this opinion.
“None of us really want to be doing this” Garlow said. “I could have been sitting on the beach. But I didn’t volunteer, God drafted me. I don’t have a choice. And God drafted you too, or you wouldn’t be in the CWA.” Pastor Garlow said he would refer to the CWA women campaigning for Proposition 8 not as mere volunteers but as “draftees.”
This militaristic-type rhetoric continued throughout the call. Garlow continued with a story emphasizing why CWA women needed to fight for Proposition 8.
“When I find myself up past the midnight hour,” he said, “asking ‘why am I doing this?’ I think of the conversation that took place in Cairo, Egypt, between an Egyptian Christian pastor who has been severely persecuted by Islam and a man named Lou Engle” (Engle is the theocracy-minded founder of The Call, a fundamentalist youth movement, who is leading a 40-day fast to pass Proposition 8.)
“When Lou was in Cairo, Egypt,” Garlow continued, “this pastor said to him, as a pastor that suffers at the hands of radical Islam, he said, ‘The eyes of the world are on California. We’re watching California and the vote on marriage. Because if you fail there to stop it, if you fail to stop it, what will be unleashed across the world will be a spirit worse than radical Islam.’”
Source: Americans United
I guess in Jim Garlow's world, gay marriage advocates are flying planes into skyscrapers while radical Islamists are merely kissing each other in public. Gay marriage advocates are becoming suicide bombers, blowing themselves and innocent victims up in places like public markets, while radical Islamists merely hold "Islam Pride Parades" full of people wearing conservative Muslim clothing. Gay marriage advocates are involved in a gay-had and hope to eliminate straight relationships by forcing everyone to convert to homosexuality or go under the sword. Radical Islamists, in the meantime, are just looking for their religion to not be treated as politically or socially inferior.
Isn't it far-right conservative Christians who are the loudest voices in the chorus of fear over the threat posted by "radical Islam" and the need to pursue the "(Endless) War on Terror" for as long as necessary? Funny how the allegedly existential threat posed by radical Islam is dropped like a hot potato as soon as it becomes politically necessary to paint another scapegoat as even blacker. Then again, radical Christians like Jim Garlow share an awful lot of political and social views in common with radical Islamists. The religious categories may differ, but too many of the social and political goals are identical to ignore.