Bible Website: Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Tops Trump’s Win In Searches For “End Times”

The Chicago Tribune reports:

As the 2016 presidential campaign built to a fever pitch during the summer and fall, then reached a widely unexpected conclusion with Donald Trump’s win, many people speculated — some jokingly and some with real concern — about whether the end times were near. But it turns out, according to data published by Bible Gateway on Tuesday, that the election didn’t cause the very most alarm about the end times in recent years. Gay marriage did.

When the Supreme Court decided in Obergefell v. Hodges on June 26, 2015, that gay marriage is legal nationwide, searches on the popular Bible website for “end times” climbed rapidly, peaking June 29 with significantly more searches than any other time in the past three years.

Readers looked at more than 1.7 billion excerpts of the Bible on Bible Gateway in 2016. Jonathan Petersen, the website’s marketing manager, told The Post that the site couldn’t share the exact number of searches for a given term, but more than five times the average number of people searched “end times” after the gay marriage decision came out. After the presidential election last month, on the other hand, three times as many people as usual looked up the Bible verses about what the end of the world might look like.

  • bkmn

    Because most of the Jeebie people are pretty stupid.

  • Baltimatt

    And of course, only what happens in the United States is important to God.

    • Butch

      You’re not quite right. Only what happens to GAYS in the United States is important to god.
      What I don’t get – I live in a rural area that is hardly a hotbed of conservatism and the people I meet here just don’t care. Life is hard enough without worrying about things like this. Who are these people frantically searching for information about the end times?

  • T-Batwoman

    love will definitely bring about the end of times, a lying, cheating, homophobic, transphobic, misogynist, egoist, greedy failed businessman, not so much….

  • Oikos
    • Paul David

      Yup.

      I always love the irony of religionists using the most advanced communications network ever built–a newtowrk science built!–to disseminate their primitive ideology.

      An ideology, it should be note, that was created by illiterate savages two and more millennia ago who lived in an inferior, pre-scientific culture in what was then the shittiest part of the Roman Empire. The fucking Alabama of the Roman Empire.

      Yeah, that garbage culture has SO MUCH to tell a modern, industrial society.

      • Chucktech

        Illiterate savages who, as fully evolved Homo Sapiens, had been walking the face of this planet for 195 thousand years until god up in heaven decided to reveal Himself.

        I always enjoy pointing that out to “progressive” christians who “believe” in evolution.

        • Paul David

          In order to be a “progressive” Christian you have to ignore basically all of Christianity.

          Plus, on top of that, how do you reconcile your existence in a modern, scientific society with your pre-modern, pre-scientific religion?

          The answer, of course, is that you dont. The answer, of course, is that if one is honest they say, “this garbage ideology concocted by savages millennia ago and full of outlandish and clearly-false stories is…garbage.”

          And at that point one shakes their head and throws the Bible in the recycling where it belongs.

          In reality, one just lives with the disconnect by pretending there is no disconnect. Or telling oneself stories about how Christianity is about answering the “why” to science’s “what.” Which makes no sense and is bullshit…but it sounds profound so they run with it.

          • Chucktech

            Shorter: They’re afraid of death and will make up happy bullshit to salve their fear.

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          • Librarykid

            The reason you have to ignore so much of Christianity to be a Christian is because most of Christianity is not about Christ, but about Paul’s interpretation of and editorializing and elaboration on the teachings of someone who was born, lived and died as a Jew who never intended to start a new religion. All of that shit was what happened after Jesus died and had no input.

    • vorpal

      I like to ask them just what is the magic number of same-sex marriages it’ll take before their god throws his temper tantrum.

      We are at around 500,000 now in the US.
      My bet is on infinity + 3.

    • Librarykid

      UP X 1,000,000,000,000

  • Bad Tom

    God will never come back.
    But nukes are very, very real.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Wasn’t here to start with.

  • Oikos
    • Dagoril

      Oh. My. God.

      That carpet!

      That wallpaper!

      And does it even need to be said, that those are not the colors of choice to wear to a funeral? 😉

    • edrex

      which reminds me, how’s stevie nicks doing?

    • Puckfair52

      I missed that episode of The ODD SQUAD “The Macramé Murders” 1969

    • jmax

      Are these shawls to be worn by lesbians who attend funerals or worn by those attending the funeral of a lesbian? I’m confused.

      • Oikos

        Yes. 🙂

        • jmax

          Thanks for clearing that up for me.

    • Homo Erectus

      Don’t they all wear plaid flannel shirts?

    • JCF

      This isn’t real, is it? [Would much prefer “Lesbian Munching Rugs”! ;-p]

  • Frostbite

    Hmm. Weren’t the end times here when interracial marriage was made legal? Or women were given the right to vote? Or slavery was abolished? Or…

    • lymis

      Can you even begin to imagine what right-wing conspiracy websites would have looked like if they’d been an option when the Loving decision was handed down?

      • Chucktech

        I’ll bet they burned out many a mimeograph machine…

    • John G.

      “”Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races show that he did not intend for the races to mix.” – Judge Bazile (trial Judge in Loving v. Virginia).

      Southern Baptists were founded on defending slavery. They later defended segregation and bans on inter-racial marriage.

      Mormons aren’t any better.

      “Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so. The nations of the earth have transgressed every law that God has given, they have changed the ordinances and broken every covenant made with the fathers, and they are like a hungry man that dreameth that he eateth, and he awaketh and behold he is empty.” – Brigham Young (Mormon founder).

      ““Had I anything to do with the negro, I would confine them by strict law to their own species” – Prophet Joseph Smith

    • Homo Erectus

      They’re all signs of the end-times (for white privilege).

  • PickyPecker
    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Bring it ! This cold snap sucks

      • PickyPecker

        Agreed. Is all of 17°F here.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          12 here 🙁

      • WildwoodGuy

        Ummm… I’m kinda liking this! It’s 27 degrees F here and the second day of freezing temps this fall/winter. (Yesterday was the first!) We’re expecting 1 – 4 inches of snow starting around 1130am and lasting until sometime after midnight. Since we’ve already gotten over 4 *FEET* of rain this calendar year, it will be nice to get precipitation of a different flavor!

  • PickyPecker
    • james1200
      • T-Batwoman

        god I wish it would happen, imagine a world with no sky daddy morally superior beings walking around…..

        • Oikos

          THAT would be paradise.

        • james1200

          I’m claiming NYC for myself, just so you know.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            I get ALL the warm islands….and the boys.

          • james1200

            ALL of them? I guess me and my pretty boy army of models and pornstars are going to have to violently invade.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            That sounds hot.
            We can make that into a porn and make millions !

          • Ben in Oakland

            Me first.

        • Steverino

          And Pence, and all of his, I mean, Trump’s cabinet picks would be raptured. Unfortunately, Trump would be left behind.

          • Homo Erectus

            Along with Tony Perkins.

        • CanuckDon

          New John Lennon lyrics? I like it!

      • PickyPecker
    • friendlynerd

      Six Feet Under did it best in my opinion 🙂

      http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_llj4t8gZ1e1qcoaceo1_500.gif

    • Ben in Oakland

      But they will only take OUR nut jobs. Not the rest of them.

    • Librarykid

      Getting their cast-off clothing is probably not that much of a bargain.

  • Oikos
    • Todd20036

      And that’s my problem with religion at its heart.

      I can believe the idea that the universe didn’t simply “happen”, but anyone mighty enough to create a universe isn’t going to give a crap about what we eat, what we wear, who we fuck, or when we work.

      • JCF

        You’re describing your problem (and mine!) w/ fundamentalism.

    • Ben in Oakland

      No no no.
      He’s worried about how the pro,sites use other peoples’ genitals.

    • Homo Erectus

      But not at all worried about how his representatives on earth use their genitalia on children.

  • james1200

    I, for one, can’t wait until the end times and for Jesus to return so he can feed all you heathens to his raptors.

    https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/hi0yx9c8ijqvaseoykir.jpg

    • Oikos
      • james1200

        I don’t think Jesus has a sense of humor so his toy is coming to life and eating him. Soon.

        • JCF

          Dude, Jesus not only turned water into wine, he turned into GOOD wine! I believe he looks on the “bright side of life”. 😉

  • Michael R
    • Oikos

      Jesus needs a new tailor. That tie is an abomination.

      • Treant

        And a hair stylist, and a work out coach…

        • Oikos

          and a dietician

          • Treant

            Cosmetic surgeon and make up artiste….

          • Michael R

            … and someone to get him off the religious crap .

      • Chucktech

        Oh, come on, he “looks” just perfect for what he is.

    • Homo Erectus

      White Jesus.

  • not really given to trusting sites that use “bible” in a positive or authoritative way. that said, if it’s true (and i’m sure a lot of qualified SEO professionals could tell us for real) it’s funny. 2015 was a while ago… the sky looks like it’s still floating just below heaven, and i haven’t seen any scary horse riding quartets running around. sure, Amurkkka has (s)elected a Leader who is a neo-nazi, but even people using their brains predicted that was bound to happen if certain things weren’t addressed. they weren’t and here we are.

    and yet… one of the biggest rejectors of equality just got unseated in his home state, and millions of dumb ass fairy worshipers are still, sadly, walking the earth. White Jeebus is still nowhere to be found.

    i’m an atheist but i often wish they’d just Rapture themselves away already and be done with it. gosh things would get better here if they did.

  • Treant
  • Michael R
    • Cuberly

      When a girl loves a dummy a little too much?

    • barrixines as aladdin, nightly

      Apologies for not reading down to get to your post.

  • Oikos
    • Treant

      In your hair, of course. There’s room. And you can use his teeth as a fence, there’s enough space to see into the field.

    • Joe in PA

      I’m gonna start fixing my hair like the one on the left. Nice.

      • Oikos

        Pictures or it never happened.

        • Joe in PA

          Hey, it might take a little work, and about 40 lbs of fluorocarbons to do it…but still. 😉

      • Rebecca Gardner

        The higher the hair.
        The closer to Gawd!

        • greenmanTN

          Didn’t see your post so said the same thing. In the church I grew up in big hair also indicated the biggest gossipy back-stabbing bitches.

      • Dagoril

        Ah, yes. The renowned “hair-mollusk”.

    • Cuberly

      Looks like there’s a distinct hairarchy in that pic. Obviously the one on the left is the alpha.

    • Rebecca Gardner

      Speaking of Sheep, I was riding through the Central Valley on my Harley on Monday and along the side of the 5 was a Trump and a Johnson Sign behind the signs was a field of Sheep. I laughed my ass off at how appropriate it seemed.

      • David Walker

        I’ve been taking YouTube train trips and I’ve noticed as we race through the countryside, horses simply don’t give a shit, a few cows raise their heads in curiosity, and sheep run like the train is out to kill them…just the same as all the other trains…and it’s worked so far. The comparison to Drumpfster is too obvious to mention.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Next time I discard old drapes I will be sure to incinerate them.

      • djcoastermark

        Now whats wrong with recycling ? Oh never mind, I just looked at the picture again.

        • Johnny Wyeknot

          Hee hee

    • i never want to hear another word about ‘ridiculous ghetto hairstyles and fasions’ again.

      • greenmanTN

        The higher the hair, the closer to god.

        • TrollopeReader

          no wonder those areas have tornadoes …God is allergic to hair spray and needs to sneeze!

      • djcoastermark

        I went to an amusement park in Huntington West Virginia once back in the early 90’s and egad, all the older ladies there looked like that. It was such a surreal sight to behold. I thought I died and went to H….

        • Librarykid

          Were these the attractions or the visitors?

      • The_Wretched

        My father-in-law is a fundy loon and sends us the most god-awful crap. We screen even the non-religious stuff he sends and most of it goes straight into the trash.

    • Puckfair52

      Is there a Tumbler web site for leisure suit sex?

      • Oikos

        Probably. There is for almost everything else.

        • The_Wretched

          Rule 34. Humans being as we are, don’t have very many original ideas or we tend to think alike. that’s true down at the rare-ideas level. Even if something is 0.1% of the population, that’s 325,000 people.

    • boatboy_srq

      Is it just me, or all these artists on the bugsplat FundiEvangelist side of the scale?

    • OdieDenCO

      I thought only male Centauri were allowed to wear their hair in the royal crescent. these people have no idea how to cosplay.

    • David Walker

      Answer to the first: In the women’s hair, if you can get it to bend a bit.
      Completing the second: “…you’ll have to do.” “I’ll just keep chokin’ chickens until…”. etc.

    • TrollopeReader

      is the “G” for Gaaaahhhhhhh ?

      • Oikos

        Yes

    • Homo Erectus
    • Roger

      He looks better now, but for the longest time Joe Scarborough had more hair than the women shown here.

    • Librarykid

      Oh Jebus, those wigs! Jebus is about to puke. They do go with the tie, though.

  • Silver Badger

    The problem is, these people are hoping for end times.

    • Cuberly

      Yep, the ultimate “I told you so!”

    • Treant

      Yep. Just point out that it stems from a narcissistic fear that the world will go on quite happily without them. They usually back down and go away.

  • Oikos
  • Cuberly

    Wait, why are they using the web. Shouldn’t they just pray? Doesn’t gawd speak to them and stuff?

  • Natty Enquirer

    Those kooky death cultists …

  • barrixines as aladdin, nightly

    Today we celebrate the immaculate conception of Mary. For truly she was born without sin.

    http://cdni.condenast.co.uk/1280×1920/k_n/mary-poppins-still-vogue-1-15sep15-rex-b.jpg

    • Homo Erectus

      With legs-to-jesus.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Hey, if it means it’s the End for thee and not for me, I say go for it.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    So, there were 20 searches?

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    I heard the more sodomising that takes place, the faster rapture times come.
    So Get at it !!

    • edrex

      we’ve all been there.

      • ByronK

        That’s a rupture.

  • FAEN

    Organized religion-constantly fucking up the world.

    • djcoastermark

      Amen, aman, amin!

  • edrex

    Xtianity = fake “good news”

    • PickyPecker
      • Chucktech

        The silver lining to this puerile crap? After school Satan clubs are on the way.

      • The_Wretched

        That particular group is hate filled. They tell kids their family is going to burn in hell and set the kids against their families.

        • Chucktech

          Arrant vile, child abusing scum.

          • The_Wretched

            When we move, the first thing I do is see if the school has a GN club. They cannot (but will try) to block parents from attending with kids. Once you attend, you can then get evidence that they are violating the after school clubs rules and get them kicked. I’ve been wanting to but the club isn’t where I am.

          • Chucktech

            What violations? They don’t use school employees, they don’t violate any rules that I know of, they simply avail themselves to public facilities, which public schools are, that are available to outside groups

          • The_Wretched

            They cannot pretend they are part of the school curricula.

          • Chucktech

            As far as I know, they don’t say that they are.

          • The_Wretched

            wtf is your business?
            Yes, they do. They are liars and out to convert as many kids to there backwards and broken hatefilled religigion by any means possible. Go read and stop ghosting me.

            https://www.amazon.com/Good-News-Club-Christian-Americas/dp/1586488430

          • Chucktech

            Excuse me, for your information I have read this excellent book. And the reason they aren’t, as far as I know, “breaking any rules” is because they’ve been carefully coached and guided by none other than Matt Staver who, in one of his few court victories, paved the way for Good News Clubs. And these fuckers know if they DO break rules, the public schools, who don’t want these assholes on the premises anyway, would have grounds to kick them out.

            Did YOU read this book??

          • The_Wretched

            The schools don’t sit in. Parents need to take the responsibility to do it.

          • Chucktech

            Even if they did sit in, I don’t know what they’d see, other than children being abused by god botherers which, unfortunately, is perfectly legal.

            As for the kids’ parents, many of them have no problem with this. Not all, though, as the example in the book shows, where a livid mother dragged her kid back to a meeting and angrily confronted some doe-eyed god doofus and screamed, “Did you tell my child he’s going to HELL???”

            But, again, any parent who went to see for themselves most likely will not find them doing ANYthing that could cause for shutting them down. They can deny their kid permission to attend, but that’s about it.

        • boatboy_srq

          Cadre Kids! October is bonus appreciation month: earn double points for turning in a family member…

  • Matt

    Religion is what will ultimately destroy us, if natural forces don’t take care of us first. It’s literally the worst thing ever created by man.

    • Ben in Oakland

      My friend Sean. Who very nearly became a catholic priest, said he thought Christianity was the worst thing that ever happened to the human race.

  • Gaymurcan

    Gee, if our legally marrying has further exposed the h8ers desperate need for mental health care from their malignant, egophrenic religious psychosis – then it was a public service and we’ll repeat the ceremony indefinitely until they’re either all in competent therapy, or have finally learned how to STFU. This will be fun.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Demented Christers must come to the FSM of their own free will.
    His noodly goodness is never forced upon anyone.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Record searches for “end times”?
    Perhaps JimBakker is making more money selling Apocalypse Slop Buckets than one might think.
    Religious nut jobs and their money are soon parted – by more predatory religious nut jobs.
    (Sad!!)

  • Gustav2

    Prehaps someone should ask Google, not some minor Bible site.

    • boatboy_srq

      What ? Good Gun-Totin’-Capitalist-Jeebus-fearin’ Xtian folk inquire with that tool of sin and iniquity? You must be joking.

  • Guest

    Bring on the Rapture now please.

  • boatboy_srq

    I haven’t done ALL thee research to defend this, but it is fun to hit these idjits with the line that the Rapture happened in 1912 and we’ve all been living in their Left Behind world for over a century.

    • Why 1912?

      • boatboy_srq

        Just before WW1, so predating all the nasty killing and bombing and poisoning. Mostly, though, because when I reached into the air that was the first number I grabbed.

        • Makes sense to me!

        • Ben in Oakland

          I think you could found a religion on that. Do ya wanta go in 50-50?

          • boatboy_srq

            Post-Apocalyptic ex-Xtianity? Thanks, but I spent my time in Hell already (7 years with the RCs, four with Southern Baptists)…

          • Ben in Oakland

            Oooh, you did have it bad. The answer is drugs. Lots and lots of drugs.

            Or sex.

            Congrats on your escape. I’m sorry it took you so long.

          • boatboy_srq

            I learned a lot.

            Token Protestant in the RC school, so it worked out pretty well. I think the principal and parish priest were convinced I’d convert and join the priesthood (ha!).

            SBCs were undergrad: sometimes feel like I majored in Hypocrisy. Administration was rabid; academics were pretty good and the faculty were pretty decent. I do have stories, though… 😉

            Undergrad I’d have traded for the UK school where I spent my year abroad, but otherwise I’d do it again.

          • Ben in Oakland

            I had a friend a long time ago who was going to be a priest, primarily to escape being gay. He quit when he found more sexy going on in the seminary than he could have possibly experienced outside of it.

  • Mark Nicholas

    A man-made book with man-made ideas and rules has Zero meaning to me. It is total BS except for those who have been brainwashed since birth with it.

  • Rapture can’t come soon enough!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LXuNpF6NVg

    • SpiderPIG

      One of the most epic Six Feet Under death scenes!
      I ♥ it.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    This little dino hasn’t had time to search for “end times” on no Bible Site.
    Been too busy searching for “fascism” on Merriam Webster.

  • Crow on a Top Hat

    Idk I figure our cheeto and chief is more likely to start WW3 than a bunch of gays making straights insecure about their marriage. The really attractive secretary and pool guy already do that. 😉

  • Nic Peterson

    Dear Christians,

    After the Obergefell ruling, Jesus did come. He just didn’t come for you. Sorry about that.

    • He came, looked around, didn’t find any true believers and left everyone here to suffer. /s

      • Gianni

        He quite likely decided that Heaven just doesn’t need all this bullshit.

  • Friday

    That’ll be cause a lot of the evangelical Trump voters probably *want* their ‘end of the world’ ….just want to hate and fear LGBT people in the process.

  • coram nobis

    No, no, people. The election heralded the Rupture.

  • m_lp_ql_m

    Are they saying that marriage equality caused Trump’s win?

  • Ore Carmi

    Shows what people truly care about. Jobs? Nah! They just hate gay people! (And liberals, and Blacks, and women, and Jews, and Latinos, and Muslims…)

  • Tom (Wpg)

    That grotesque face fits the end-times babble.

  • DoctorDJ

    Holy cow! Teh Gayz have the power to end everything?

    Would not have expected that…

  • Gianni

    No need to say more. The story says it all. Seems like America has become a mental cluster fuck.

  • Jay Silversmith

    The Roman Empire tried to rule the world and over-extended how much territory it could control, all to collect more taxes and slaves to support a rapid succession of mentally ill Ceasars. People were starving and rioting. THAT’S when it was decided to merge all religions with government to fleece the xtians through the Nicene council and the bible. The Empire collapsed and with god whispering in the pope’s ear, we got the Inquisition and centuries of the Dark Ages. I fear for the U.S. for the same reasons.