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What happens in Vegas' email doesn't stay in Vegas' email

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 21-18Remember Ann Barnett, the Kern County, CA, Auditor-Controller-Clerk who has decided to stop performing all marriages as a form of protest against the impending legalization of same-sex nuptials? Well Pastor Chad Vegas, a trustee on the the board of the Kern County High School District, has sent a letter to local supervisors demanding that they support Barnett's decision. And if they don't? Well Chad is going to work to get them out of office.

The Kern County Democratic Party website has posted the following email correspondence from Vegas:

Dear County Supervisor,

I am writing to make you aware of my ardent support for Ann Barnett. Please support her. Further, please know that I will work vigorously to remove from office any supervisor that does not support her in this difficult time. There is no more important political issue to the evangelical church. As we face one of the most important constitutional issues in the history of this great Republic, I want to make it clear that nothing short of complete opposition to homosexual marriage will be tolerated! As you consider your options, I remind you of the Apostle Peter in Acts 4 who asked, "should we obey man or God?" The choice is clear! Please don't hide behind your oath on an issue this important. Your oath was to uphold the constitution, not to uphold every stupid law or judicial decision that comes around. At times, civil disobedience is the only way to keep your oath.

Thanks, Chad Vegas

Telling government employees to not uphold their oath?!? Calling marriage equality a "stupid law"?! Well we certainly know of one Kern County leader who needs to be removed from the public sector, and it ain't those who plan to separate their faith convictions from their constitutional duties!!

Pastor Chad Vegas threatens Kern County Supervisors [Kern Democrats]

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"As you consider your options, I remind you of the Apostle Peter in Acts 4 who asked, "should we obey man or God?" The choice is clear!"

And it's THIS kooky pentecostal-type bullshit which will destroy "christianity" as you know it. America isn't a pentecostal church, even though it may be full of whooping, hollering, gyrating, seizuring retards.

Posted by: Scott | Jun 13, 2008 4:28:40 PM

Thanks JH ... Forwarded to SF Chronicle staff, I don't see they have it yet.

Posted by: LOrion | Jun 13, 2008 4:50:49 PM

Aaaah Soooo! Vegas is our own KERN Kern. He is a bit cuter.

Posted by: LOrion | Jun 13, 2008 4:51:54 PM

Shouldn't his congregation lose its tax exemption? You can't threaten government employees from the pulpit and expect to retain your neutrality. Time to pay the tax man.

Posted by: GregnLA | Jun 13, 2008 5:25:45 PM

He's just trying to drum up some free publicity for himself and his 100 member church. A couple of years back he pressed for an ordinance that would emblazon "In God We Trust" in every public school classroom in Kern County . . . didn't happen. Every time he spouts off about something, it gets his mug on the news, but usually doesn't amount to much more than that.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Jun 13, 2008 8:12:24 PM

Jeremy, this is the guy who just ranted at an (admitedly wrong) assistant school supervisor.

“I am highly offended that one of our superintendents would violate the U.S. Constitution for personal reasons,” Vegas said. “This kind of behavior is unacceptable.”

Hello, Kettle. Meet Pot.

Posted by: Timothy | Jun 13, 2008 8:21:23 PM

Timothy: Ugh. Just ugh. So tired of the conveniently varying standards.

Since this post, I have had several diff. people email me with points of "brilliance" from Vegas' career. Apparently he has quite the track record.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jun 13, 2008 8:25:19 PM

"Support my biased views, or I'll get your ass canned!" How amazingly arrogant can you get?

Posted by: Baldran | Jun 13, 2008 9:46:08 PM

This is pretty telling:

“I am legally entitled to call on my congregation to fight for issues that are directly related to our faith,” Vegas wrote to Henry about his newsletter. “It is perfectly legal and legitimate to tell them to stand up for truth. I have called for similar action on abortion, and I would have called for it on civil rights had I been alive during that era."


Vegas opposes civil rights for everyone, so at least he is an equal opportunity bigot! I wonder what the racial and ethnic minorities who might stand with him in his homophobic rage, think about his apparent view of their civil rights.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Jun 14, 2008 12:28:29 AM

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