A pastor in Cedar Rapids is calling the Iowa Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage a bigger disaster than last June’s flood. Northbrook Baptist Church Pastor Eric Schumacher wrote an article saying Iowa’s decision to allow gay marriage will cause "irrevocable damage" to society.
"The comparison isn’t meant to diminish the impact of the flood at all," Schumacher told KCRG-TV. "It’s meant to highlight the impact that I think the redefining of marriage will have on our state." Another religious leader in Cedar Rapids claims Schumacher’s comments distort what the bible teaches and will cause more harm than good.
Reverend Tom Capo from the People’s Church Universalist cringed when he heard Schumacher’s comparison. "I think he’s trying to scare people that these horrible, awful, catastrophic things are going to happen – just like the flood – if we allow gay marriage to stand," Capo said. The two religious men both consider the bible a holy book, but interpret it quite differently.
"The bible teaches that homosexual practice is sinful," Schumacher said. "When we go against God’s will, it does damage to our soul." Capo doesn’t see it that way. "Jesus never said anything about ostracizing or gay marriage or homosexuals in any way, shape or form," Capo said. "If you’re preaching that kind of message from the pulpit, all you’re going to do is cause more pain in our culture."
Schumacher argues he’s not trying to cause pain, but simply educate people about why he believes gay marriage is destructive. Capo hosted a rally at his sanctuary last week to celebrate the gay marriage ruling.