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May 06 2013

Garlow Uses Death of Wife to Bash Marriage Equality

Jim Garlow is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. The wingnut preacher from San Diego predicted last year that if Obama was reelected, America would be destroyed. And he recently lose his wife to cancer. Unfortunately, he used that as an opportunity to make an idiotic argument against marriage equality in an email to his congregation:

On occasion I would read phrases in newspapers or blogs to describe me as being “anti-gay” or “anti gay-marriage.” First, I am not against homosexual “marriage” because there is no such thing. I cannot be against something that does not exist according to God’s definition.

But I am adamantly pro authentic, historic marriage. And God’s Word on the subject, along with an indescribably spectacular 42 years with Carol, caused me to be so intensely pro (natural) marriage.

I was once asked by a secular news reporter, “Has your love for Carol and her cancer battle impacted your fight for marriage.” “Yes,” I responded. Why? Because I saw the wonder of covenantal one man-one woman marriage. I saw the sheer delight of authentic, biblical, natural, historic, God-defined marriage. The complimentary halves of humanity coming together is simply breathtaking.

More like braintaking, in this case.

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  1. 1
    Raging Bee

    Jim Garlow is not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

    He’s not even a spoon.

  2. 2
    whirligig

    Look, all he’s saying is that he was married to a woman named Carol for forty-two years, and that’s why nobody else anywhere should be able to do anything different like marry a woman named Samantha. What’s so hard to get?

  3. 3
    whheydt

    Meh… So he was married for 42 years. *I’ve* been married for 42 years. The difference is that I expect to make to 43 years (at least). And both my wife and I support SSM.

  4. 4
    Randomfactor

    If there’s no such thing as same-sex marriage then what the heck is he worried about? He can just pretend it isn’t there. He seems quite practiced at pretending.

  5. 5
    matty1

    Because I saw the wonder of covenantal one man-one woman *of the same race* marriage. I saw the sheer delight of authentic, biblical, natural, historic, God-defined marriage. The complimentary halves of humanity coming together is simply breathtaking.

    It’s just too easy.

  6. 6
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    But I am adamantly pro authentic, historic marriage. And God’s Word on the subject, along with an indescribably spectacular 42 years with Carol, caused me to be so intensely pro (natural) marriage.

    Bible based traditional marriage? Betty Bowers explains that perfectly here :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFkeKKszXTw

    Incest, multiple wives, marrying raped daughters to rapists, marrying “the help” and more.

  7. 7
    richardelguru

    “I cannot be against something that does not exist ”
    So I’m not against god

  8. 8
    Sastra

    I saw the sheer delight of authentic, biblical, natural, historic, God-defined marriage.

    Note that this definition of ‘authentic’ marriage doesn’t just leave our gay marriage: it pretty much excludes ALL marriages between non-Christians. What hubris and narcissism! I would never point to my own longterm marriage and draw inferences about the inferiority of marriages between those who are not secular humanists.

    This looks like another version of the divisive idea that, when you get right down to it, only Christians know how to love. Shame on Garlow.

  9. 9
    chriswalker

    Huh. After my mother passed away, my father became more liberal on the matter of gay marriage. Of course, he had an argumentative teenage son and a whip-smart tween daughter who both supported gay marriage and challenged his views on the matter, so it was probably a combination of things.

  10. 10
    blf

    …predicted last year that if Obama was reelected, America would be destroyed.

    Quite correct. Eventually the Sun will bloat into a red giant, frying and very possibly encompassing the Earth, and hence destroying the planet and everything still on it.

    If course this will happen no matter who was elected last time, or who will be elected in future elections. But that’s just a minor detail.

  11. 11
    Larry

    Here we are, 4 months after Obama was sworn in a second time, 6 months after his re-election and America has yet to be destroyed and Ted Nugent, as far as I know, is neither dead nor in jail.Christians are still walking the streets instead of being rounded up and put in detention camps. States, and whole countries, that have legalized SSM still exist and seem to be doing as well as can be expected.

    I’m starting to doubt these people’s powers of predication. And if I can’t trust that, my abilities to give a shit as to what they believe is severely diminished.

  12. 12
    Mobius

    Breathtaking inanity.

  13. 13
    jamessweet

    I am not against homosexual “marriage” because there is no such thing.

    I can’t believe how fucking stupid this sentence is.

  14. 14
    Rip Steakface

    The complimentary halves of humanity coming together is simply breathtaking.

    *snicker*

  15. 15
    d.c.wilson

    Doesn’t “complemtary halves” imply that both parts are more or less equal? That leaves out all “traditional marriages” as defined by the fundjelicals.

  16. 16
    cottonnero

    d.c. wilson #15: Not the way they use it. In fact, they appear to use the word ‘complementary’ to contrast it against ‘equal rights’ for the sexes.

  17. 17
    davefitz

    “I cannot be against something that does not exist according to God’s definition”

    This is why I never protest Game of Thrones. No mention of it in the Bible.

  18. 18
    escuerd

    So he feels love for his wife and attributes it to a divine feeling-giver. And since that divine feeling-giver apparently disapproves of homosexuality, it follows that gay people can’t possibly have the sort of love for one another that authentic marriages like his own had. Gay people’s relationships could never have that kind of value, after all.

    Fuck him.

  19. 19
    magistramarla

    Well, I’ve been happily married for over 36 years, and I want all of my gay friends to have the right to do the same, with all of the same rights and privileges that my husband and I enjoy. Experiencing true love should make one want the same for all people, not just some.

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