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JESUS V. THE HOMOSEXUALS: Reporter Rex Wockner attends pro-Prop-8 extravaganza 'TheCall'
JESUS V. THE HOMOSEXUALS: Reporter Rex Wockner attends pro-Prop-8 extravaganza 'TheCall'
It's too strong to say that attending the national Christian event "TheCall" in support of Proposition 8 on Nov. 1 at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium made me feel raped or like a Jew touring a camp.

But I did have those thoughts. It was certainly painful.

TheCall's PR guy told me there were 33,000 people there, counted by clickers utilized at the entrances. In journalism school, I took a module on how to estimate crowd sizes. I'd say 15,000. And another journalist and I never saw any clickers.

The stage featured James Dobson of Focus on the Family, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, ex-homosexuals telling their odd stories, a really good Christian rock band, and a barrage of other opponents of same-sex marriage. The event lasted 12 hours.

The crowd prayed, sang, spoke in tongues, prostrated themselves, sobbed (for California, for marriage, for the homosexuals) and, on numerous occasions, whipped themselves into a true frenzy.

Lots of words came into my head during my hours there: Cultlike. Brainwashing. Frenzied. Frightening. Depressing. But, interestingly, there wasn't really any hate on display. They seemed to just want to "save" marriage. And, as for the homosexuals, they love us, they pray for us, they want us to be set free from sin and demons.

If I hadn't once upon a time been a Catholic seminarian and hadn't emerged from those days with near certainty that all this God/Jesus stuff is pure myth and mass delusion, it could have been dangerous to be there. It would have been dangerous for any gay person struggling with internalized homophobia or religious guilt, I think.

I really wonder what they think we gays are going to do to marriage. Nothing worse than usual has happened to marriage in the years Massachusetts has had same-sex marriage, and nothing worse than usual has happened to marriage in California in the 4 1/2 months we've had it here.

They don't ever actually say what they think will befall marriage as a result of same-sex couples marrying.

Instead, they talk about schools indoctrinating children and about churches losing their freedom-of-religion rights. Neither of these fears is reality-based, according to the state superintendent of public instruction, constitutional-law experts, and, well, according to just about everyone except the folks pushing Prop 8, which, if voters pass it Nov. 4, will amend California's constitution to re-ban same-sex marriage, negating the California Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage.

In the end, it's a mystery what drives them to be so militant against the gays. Jesus, after all, never said anything about homosexuals or sex between people of the same gender.

I guess there are a lot of mysteries in life. I sure experienced one firsthand today.

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http://wockner.blogspot.com/2008/11/jesus-v-homosexuals.html

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