Video: Christian Bigot Becky Wegner Rommel’s Anti-Gay Marriage Rant Goes Viral
An Indiana woman’s video rant against the Supreme Court’s recent ruling legalizing same-sex marriage has gone viral, sparking condemnation and more than a few parodical remixes and rebuttals.
Becky Wegner Rommel, a 64-year-old housewife from Ellettsville, Indiana, recorded herself anguishing over last week’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision, in which the justices ruled 5-4 that same-sex couples could marry in all 50 states thanks to the constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law.
“This is a really sad day for me and it’s a sad day for a lot of Christ followers,” Rommel begins, “because today everything that God created his church to be, as man as woman, Adam and Eve… Five justices decided that God was wrong!”
Repeatedly referring to a “truth” which has never been proved and for which there has never been any scientific evidence, Rommel continues: “I hear a lot of people say ‘Christians, you’re not into the times. You’re not into times. It’s 2015.’ God did not change! His word is truth. Your word isn’t truth, my word isn’t truth. God’s word is truth and he says that marriage is between a man and a woman!”
“I don’t care if you think I’m judging you! The fact is, the God of the universe: he is the truth,” Rommel insists before attacking Islam, which like Christianity is an Abrahamic religion that worships the same deity figure, ‘God.’
“Jesus Christ, not Mohammad, OK,” she fumes. “It’s just like these Islamic extremelists—extremists—OK? They’re not just extremists. They’re Islamic! President Obama, Islamic! Extremelists!”
Rommel parts with a shot at Christians who celebrated LGBT marriage equality on Facebook: “I am sick of people being lukewarm. Are you serious? All these people saying they’re Christians on the Facebook, going ‘Yay, I’m so proud of those justices’—Are you a Christian?”
Rommel’s video has gone viral, prompting predictable parodies, reenactments and remixes which have in turn attracted hundreds of thousands of views. Among the more popular spoofs are these YouTube posts from Kasha Davis, a former contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Oscar Aydin.
The Advocate posted the most popular Rommel remix video by far, created by “America’s Best Christian” Mrs. Betty Bowers (played by comedian Deven Green) and seen by more than half a million eyeballs. It’s not on YouTube yet so you’ll have to click on the link to view it.
As uproarious as some viewers may find such satire, Rommel’s reaction resonates with many Christians. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, and San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone issued a statement on the same day as Obergefell v. Hodges calling it “a tragic day for marriage and our nation.” Rev. William Owens, president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, said his organization was “devastated” by the decision and slammed what he called “the aggressive gay agenda.”
Evangelical Christians and conservative fundamentalists in government have been particularly outraged.
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who openly advocates for a Christian theocracy in the United States, has drawn comparisons with George Wallace, the white supremacist Alabama governor who infamously fought against earlier Supreme Court and federal government orders to end racial segregation in the 1960s. Moore blasted last week’s historic civil rights ruling as “even worse” than 19th century decisions upholding Jim Crow segregation.
“Public officials are ministers of God assigned the duty of punishing the wicked and protecting the righteous,” wrote Win Johnson, an Alabama state lawyer working under Moore, in an admonishing letter to Gov. Robert Bentley. “If the public officials decide to officially approve of the acts of the wicked, they must logically not protect the righteous from the wicked. In fact, they must become protectors of the wicked. You cannot serve two masters; you must pick—God or Satan.”
But other Christians, including numerous major sects, have shown love and compassion. Just days after the high court ruling, the US Episcopal Church voted to eliminate language referring to marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples in Episcopal churches across the nation. Unitarian Universalists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Quakers, the United Church of Christ and others also welcome LGBT marriage equality.