Christian Conservatives Confront the Anti-Christ in Newport Beach

[Moxley Confidential] Surprise, surprise! Old, white Republicans battle abortion, gays, Boy Scouts and Barack Obama's 'evil'

After a prayer on May 25, six speakers and approximately 60 attendees at the latest "God and Governance" conference in Newport Beach turned to business: Confronting the "evil"—abortion, homosexuality, contraception and godlessness—thriving in the United States during Barack Obama's presidency.

Christian conservative activist Bill Dunlap, founder of the group and president of Slater Builders Inc. in Costa Mesa, set the tone for the overwhelmingly Caucasian crowd that included people using walkers, canes and hearing aids; the median age topped 70.

While hundreds of scantily clad people in their 20s, 30s and 40s noisily enjoyed Bloody Marys, beer and wine at nearby establishments, Dunlap mourned the nation's "slide to secularism" from "wholesome" days. "It's pretty bad right now," he opined.

Jensen: The angriest little Boy Scout
Jack Gould
Jensen: The angriest little Boy Scout
Sheldon (left) and Spitzer: Men of the cloth
Jack Gould
Sheldon (left) and Spitzer: Men of the cloth


How bad?

Well, not bad enough for Dunlap to resist an infantile Barney Frank wisecrack, but the Reverend Lou Sheldon, owner of the Traditional Values Coalition direct-mail fund-raising operation and a panelist, interrupted an informative presentation by Father Robert Spitzer on the "Big Brother" aspects of Obamacare to ask: "Do you see the anti-Christ in this?"

Spitzer—a Jesuit priest, past president of Gonzaga University, current boss at the Magis Institute in Irvine and a successful author who used to appear on CNN's Larry King Live—confirmed Sheldon's worry. "Absolutely," said Spitzer, who'd been content to call Obamacare merely "a radical departure from custom" until Sheldon's prodding. "There's a strong presence of evil."

That lurking, malevolent, supernatural force may have tangible impacts. For example, according to Spitzer, Obama is eroding religious freedom and on course to shred the Declaration of Independence's call for "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Said Spitzer, "It could become a duty to die."

Nobody snorted, laughed or rolled their eyes.

Angst inside St. James Anglican Church (which made national headlines in 2004 when congregants decided to leave the Episcopal Church after the ordination of a gay bishop) didn't dissipate when Paul Jensen—a Costa Mesa personal-injury lawyer who specializes in bus accidents, dog bites, premises liability and defective products, as well as slip, trip and fall cases—wept through the delivery of his prepared speech. But Jensen isn't just a talker. The onetime staffer for two Republican U.S. Senators is a soldier in a battle against "unrepentant" gays that he says he'll fight to his last gasp. [1] What "God calls sin," American "culture now celebrates," he said.

Jensen first took the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) oath in 1969 at the age of 11 in Laguna Beach and thought he could count on the organization as a bastion of Biblical and conservative ideals for eternity. To his horror, May 23 proved he had been mistaken. That's the day when the Scouts' National Council voted in Texas to end its discrimination against gay members.

In Jensen's mind, the move was an unforgiveable betrayal. Though the BSA still refuses to allow openly gay adult leaders, he predicts it will soon cave on that ban, too. As a result, according to Jensen, the BSA is set to go from family-values group to de facto sex club for gays and child molesters, terms he uses interchangeably.

The plaintiff's lawyer began his remarks by raising his right hand and uttering the Scouts' oath—dramatically repeating the words "morally straight" for emphasis. "That oath has lost its meaning," said a teary-eyed Jensen, who, given he's at least 100 pounds overweight, must have decided he could ignore the oath's requirement to keep oneself physically fit. "Today marks the last time I will take it."

Declaring he was tired of being victimized for his proud, Abe Lincoln-approved "inflexibility" to gay rights, he advised attendees not to be "too concerned about what the world will think." He bolstered his argument by quoting 12 Bible passages. "Blessed are they which have been persecuted for righteousness' sake," he said, "for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!"

Jensen also used his speech to quit the BSA after more than four decades. "Wherever they go, it will be without me," he said, noting he quit St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach several years ago. In his opinion, "They feared the consequences" of Biblical obedience.

As he approached the end of his remarks, Jensen strayed into misinformation territory. He claimed that Newport Beach taxpayers have been forced to pay $1.2 million to a homosexual police officer. In reality, police management brazenly sabotaged Sergeant Neil Harvey's stellar career because they assumed he might be gay. However, Harvey is heterosexual, and a jury in conservative Orange County concluded that the juvenile homophobia violated California employment law and entitled the cop, who had been cheated out of promotions, to monetary damages.

Given that Jensen's tale prompted a half-dozen attendees to shake their heads in disgust, apparently, nobody knew they had been duped. Indeed, this crowd loved him. He was the only speaker to repeatedly win generous applause by his call to action.

"Don't capitulate to the culture!" he thundered. "The BSA got tired of being persecuted. Here at St. James, you are not tired. . . . We will serve the Lord. . . . One man with God is in the majority!"

Usually at such gatherings, Sheldon serves as the flamethrower, but Jensen's passionate performance seemed to throw the reverend off his game. He was also scheduled to discuss the Boy Scouts' decision. Instead, he focused on describing the hidden "plan" of homosexuals: "Smashing to smithereens Genesis Chapters 1 and 2 and God's creative order."

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sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

"overwhelmingly" Caucasians 




AND lets not forget the Black churches led the way for the prop8 defeat 








      USA - from Puritans to Impure-itans

     Is there a connection between beautiful New England and entire American cities turned into smoking rubble? There is.
     Take same-sex marriage. I would have guessed that a "sin" city (San Francisco? Las Vegas?) would have been the first to legalize it.
     Oddly it's been the place where America started that's wanted to be the first place to help bring about the end of America and its values! It's been a Nor'easter of Perversion (helping to fulfill the end time "days of Lot" predicted in Luke 17) that began in (you guessed it) Boston in 2004.
     New England has gone from the Mayflower Compact to the Gay Power Impact, from Providence to decadence, from Bible thumpers to God dumpers, from university to diversity to perversity, and from the land of the Great Awakening to God's Future Shakening that will make the Boston bombings look like Walden Pond ripples by comparison!
     The same Nor'easter has been spreading south and as far west as Washington State where, after swelling up with pride, Mt. Rainier may wish to celebrate shame-sex marriage by having a blast that Seaddlepated folks can share in lava-land!
     The same Luke 17 prediction is tied to the Book of Revelation which speaks of the cities that God will flatten because of same-sexism - including American cities - a scenario I'll have to accept since I can't create my own universe and decree rules for it.
     I've just been analyzing the world's terminal "religion" that has its "god," its accessories, its "rites," and even a flag. It's an obsession that the infected converts are willing to live for, fight for - and even die for!       
     Want more facts? Google "God to Same-Sexers: Hurry Up," "Government-Approved Illegals," "FOR GAYS ONLY: Jesus predicted" and "The Background Obama Can't Cover Up."


It is only a matter  of time before Jensen and Dana Rorbacher get caught in a gay sex sting in a local park by the vice squad. He has "Closeted Homo" written all over himself. 


I attended St. James for a number of years in the 80s and 90s. Bill and Jann Dunlap are nice people, so it's very saddening to see them mixed up in such a pathetic gathering of conservative relicts.

I now live in Washington state, where gay marriage has been a reality for some months now. It's not the end of the world (or the "homopocalypse," as one local gay wag terms it); it's just ordinary life.

The biggest irony of all is that St. James "Anglican," which wrested its property away from the Episcopal Church, received its 3rd adverse court ruling a month ago and may soon have to vacate. If so, then events like "God and Governance" will also have to find a new home. I would love to see a lead article in the OC Weekly dealing with the (so far) 9-year arc of this parish's losing gamble. Any takers? Gustavo? Scott? Aw, c'mon!


How can you even sit through this meeting?? What a horrible group.

JGlanton topcommenter

That's rich, An infantile article with an infantile wise-crack headline and an infantile wisecrack picture caption, ridiculing it's target about making an infantile wisecrack.  As always, holding the journalism standards of the OCWeekly somewhere between a city college flyer and The DailyKOS. 

Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

I asked my pastor what my opinion should be and how I should feel about this. He told me my opinion should be that it is shameful for Americans to propagate obscene and poisonous messages. So, therefore, that is my opinion: Americans should not propagate obscene and poisonous messages.

Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@davidunderwood What'll be funny is the 'Episcopalian' congregation of 7 old Lesbians (2 couples and a trio) and an effeminate man trying to drag in enough in Sunday collections to maintain the place.

Traditional Anglicans will be around long into the future, when Ph.D dissertations will be written trying to understand how such a proud religious tradition (see 'The Bishop's Wife' starring Loretta Young and David Niven, for example), chose to commit demographic suicide.


@JGlanton nobody sits in a bar because they don't like it. You like it enough to read the paper.

GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@JGlanton Wow, you prove yourself stupider and stupider with every comment...congrats!


@JGlanton This article is merely treating with derision those people who deserve to be derided. If you can't see the difference between making disparaging comments against gay people (on the one hand) and making disparaging comments about bigots (on the other hand), then that says a lot more about you than the standards of the OCWeekly.


@Mitchel_Young @GustavoArellano @City_Data_Forum

Vermont? VERMONT?? BWAHAHAHAHAHA!That backwards cowstate has little to no influence on any part of this coutnry. I'm not worried in the least. 


My point should be quite clear, which is that the obviously quite elderly, quite white representative audience for this idiotic display of bigotry will indeed by dead in 15 years, whereas I and my son and his generation will indeed be alive. . The fact of the matter is that the people in that audience clearly represent the minority opinion in this country, and when they die, their bigotry will die with them, as will yours, when you die.



My point should be quite clear: that the very senior citizens who support this type of backward thinking will be gone from this earth. They already represent the minority in public opinion polls. In the meantime, I and and my son and all the other members of his generation who do not support this type of thinking will still be alive. I can't speak for you, of course.

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