Nov 19 2008

What lovely people

Category: left,religionharmonicminer @ 1:25 pm

Once again the radical Left tramples on the civil rights of others, stooping to invading a church’s worship service.

Worshippers at a Bible-teaching church in Lansing, Mich., were stunned Sunday when members of a pro-homosexual, pro-anarchy organization named Bash Back interrupted their service to fling propaganda and condoms around the sanctuary, drape a profane banner from the balcony and feature two lesbians making out at the pulpit.

According to a blog posting by Nick De Leeuw on Right Michigan, the Bash Back organization orchestrated a protest in front of Mount Hope Church to draw the church’s security staff away from the sanctuary.

Then Bash Backers who had dressed up and mixed in with church worshippers took action.

According to De Leeuw, “Prayer had just finished when men and women stood up in pockets across the congregation, on the main floor and in the balcony.

“‘Jesus was gay,’ they shouted among other profanities and blasphemies as they rushed the stage. Some forced their way through rows of women and kids to try to hang a profane banner from the balcony while others began tossing fliers into the air. Two women made their way to the pulpit and began to kiss,” he wrote.

He cited the Bash Back organization’s own announcement of other items members brought into the church, including “a megaphone, noise makers, condoms, glitter by the bucket load, confetti, pink fabric. …”

According to the alternative Lansing City Pulse – which reported it was notified of the protest ahead of time and sent a reporter along instead of warning the church – the protesters also screamed at parishioners and pulled the church facility’s fire alarm. Printed material protesters distributed said, “We specialize in confronting homophobia, transphobia and every and all other forms of oppression.”

Watch for main stream news coverage of this incident. I doubt there will be much.

“The church’s response? After things settled down, the blasphemy ended, the lewd props removed and the families safe from fear of additional men and women running into and past them the pastor took the stage and led the congregation in one more prayer … not for retribution, or divine justice or a celestial comeuppance (that’s what I’d have prayed for) but instead that the troubled individuals who’d just defiled the Lord’s house, so full of anger and hate, would know Jesus’ love in their lives and God’s peace that exceeds human understanding,” De Leeuw wrote.

Those right-wing haters!

This is, of course, a matter of cowards selecting a soft target.  Michigan has a very large Muslim presence.  Historical Islam is far more radical in its teachings about what should be done to gays than any conservative Christian.  And there are LOTS of mosques in the state.  I haven’t heard of any mosque-invasion protests.  If the GLBT radicals DO stage one, they’d better cover their faces.  But, of course, they could always hide in the basement of Mount Hope Church, which would protect them, and probably give them cookies and punch.

We’re still waiting for the news stories reporting rabid right-wing conservative fundamentalists invading a Left-liberal church with a gay minister and pro-abortion sentiments, taking over a worship service, unfurling banners saying, “Abortion is murder!”, and hurling around bushel baskets full of scripture laced confetti and wearing red, white and blue face coverings. (As I was writing this post, I tried to think of some parallel to the lesbian couple making out in the pulpit… I really couldn’t think of much, since hetero couples don’t normally do this, either.)

We can be sure that if such an incident of right-wing radicalism did happen, it would be covered in the evening news on all major networks, and probably lead to calls for new laws requiring conservative protesters to remain at least 100 feet from Left-liberal churches, and even more stringent hate-speech legislation…  maybe something like Canada’s laws.

I have considerable sympathy for the many gays who would never dream of behaving this way, who must feel very badly represented.

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2 Responses to “What lovely people”

  1. Hello says:

    I agree. This backlash is horrible and needs to end. I don’t understand how anyone could think that just because they feel slighted in some way that they are then vindicated in intimidating and hurting other people. I am truly troubled over the whole situation. I’m so glad to hear the response of teh church when those people came in, though!

  2. harmonicminer » Tolerance has its limits, I guess says:

    [...] As I’ve mentioned before, if they had real guts, they’d drop burning Korans on the front steps of a few mosques here and there, and then stand out front with signs saying things like “Muhammed’s followers are haters” and the like. After all, Islam teaches that gays should be killed, and the teaching has never really been repudiated or revised (simply ignored when not convenient, but practiced in many Islamic cultures still). Mormon’s have not advocated any such thing, nor have Evangelicals or Catholics, anywhere in the world. [...]

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