Religious conservative Glenn Beck has launched a new attack on gay rights, arguing that gay people are making ‘the same demands as were happening in Sodom and Gomorrah’.
The 51-year-old, who hosts one of the most listened-to radio shows in America, discussed why he opposes gay marriage, arguing it is a way for gay people to force Christians to violate their faith.
‘This [gay marriage] has nothing to do with love. This has everything to do with power,’ he said.
‘That is really important – if the youth begins to see that this is not about love. Because the argument used to be, what difference does it make if two people love each other and want to get married? Right – but that’s not the agenda. The agenda is control and the destruction of anyone else who disagrees.’
Beck went on to recount the story of Lot in Genesis 19, when two angels arrive at Lot’s house, followed by the men of Sodom and Gomorrah who demand to have sex with the angels. Lot refuses, and offers up his own virgin daughter as a substitute.
Beck comments: ‘Lot has said in his language of his day, ‘Guys, don’t force us to comply. Don’t force us to comply. Here, have this. You can take this. Just don’t do that – we don’t want to do that.
‘"No, you will comply!" It shows that even back then the religious didn’t want to fight, they’re not trying to control everyone. They’re just saying no, I don’t want to participate.
‘Think of the people who won’t do floral arrangements for gay weddings,’ he continued.
‘Think about the people who are bakers. Now there’s another one with a DJ. They just say "I don’t want to participate." That’s what Lot was saying, we don’t want to participate. And in exchange for not participating, I’ll give you something I shouldn’t be offering, but I’ll compromise this far but no further. We’re making exactly the same mistakes and they are making exactly the same demands as were happening in Sodom and Gomorrah.’
This is by no means the first time Beck has expressed strong views against equal marriage. Last month, the radio host predicted that church attendance will fall 50% if gay marriage is legalized, because Christians ‘wouldn’t be able to take the persecution’.
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