the hate business

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 28, 2007

Last Saturday, we're informed by the California Catholic Daily, a Gay Pride March took place in San Diego. Along the route the marchers passed a Los Angeles-based group of street preachers who, according to the CCD, "held bold-lettered signs with Bible verses condemning homosexuality." Police had formed a cordon between preachers and marchers in order to preempt violent confrontation. The leader of the preacher contingent, one Ruben Israel, made the following eminently apposite remark:

"People often think we are preaching a very hard message and that we're the ones that are hateful. My response is, 'Which direction are the police facing, them or us?'"

Bull's eye.

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 30, 2007 8:21 PM ET USA

    That the police faced the marchers verified that the police had no fear of being attacked from the rear.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 30, 2007 4:15 PM ET USA

    Adamah - agreed; and homosexually active men and women participate in Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. The difference is, the organizers of neither parade are doing so to revel in shared defects. The Church teaches that the inclination toward homosexual acts is disordered; it is a defect much like the inclination to drink or smoke or eat too much. It is to be mastered by Grace and exertion of the will. It is a modern fallacy to believe that humans have no defects, that God made us all perfect

  • Posted by: - Jul. 30, 2007 12:50 PM ET USA

    " active alcoholic parade?" Hmmm...kinda reminds me of the St. Patricks Day parade held in Scranton, PA. Active alcoholics descend on Scranton for this.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 29, 2007 11:57 AM ET USA

    Madison, you delude yourself if you think it's only a couple of "gays" who are moved to violence; their hate for Natural Law is manifest in their faces. You delude yourself further by saying that only those "gays" who do violence are "kooks;" anyone taking pride in a common defect is, by definition, a kook. Are there "active alcoholic pride" parades? Or "out-of-control diabetics pride" parades? Or "uncontrolled kleptomania pride" parades? The only ones whose pride is in their shame are gays.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 29, 2007 7:30 AM ET USA

    Yes, and Fred Phelps has protested at the funerals of AIDS patients for years without being physically attacked. What about those Russian Orthodox and communists who bloodied the peaceful gay gatherers in Moscow? How about the Haredim in Jerusalem who stabbed gays to death in protest of their gathering and the numerous other physical demonstrations against them? Out of 100,000 people at a Gay Pride parade, you're going to get a couple kooks. BTW, those preachers think Catholics are idolators.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 28, 2007 7:16 PM ET USA

    Full credit to the preachers, though it's a pity they weren't more specific - homosexuality is not, in itself, a sin, it's homosexual practice and acting on those inclinations that is and which the Church condemns.