By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
Ever play a board game with a cranky 2-year-old? Forget the roll of the dice; the number on the spinner or the clearly printed rules inside the box lid. He won’t be satisfied unless he wins.
Enter the world of same-sex marriage proponents protesting California’s Proposition 8 and, in essence, the decisions of voters there and in 29 other U.S. states that have amended their constitutions to confirm the sanctity of marriage as a commitment between one man and one woman.
With increasingly intense and in some places even violent protests, homosexual activists are calling for people who choose the gay lifestyle to band together in civil disobedience for the next seven weeks, from Nov. 27 to Jan. 20, when they will converge on Washington, D.C., for the inauguration of Barack Obama.
Rallies were held in about a half dozen North Carolina cities last weekend as part of the “Join the Impact” national protest. Estimates from GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgender) Web blogs showed Raleigh’s gathering as largest in N.C. with a crowd of some 1,400; 300 to 400 were reported in Greensboro; a similar size crowed in Asheville; 200 in Charlotte; 130 in Wilmington; and roughly 50 in Boone.
Although the Tar Heel events were apparently peaceful, that hasn’t been the case elsewhere. Numerous churches – especially Mormon places of worship – have been defaced; contributors to California’s Yes on 8 campaign have been blacklisted and had their businesses boycotted; and Christians who have dared to speak out have, in some cases, been threatened and even physically attacked.
A Palm Springs protest turned violent when a senior citizen had a cross pulled from her hands and stomped after daring to share God’s message of “fidelity.”
“Members of the radical ‘No on 8’ campaign in California have quickly turned their disappointment over the homosexual marriage ban into rabid hostility,” wrote the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins on his weekly update. “Once again, the Left is proving its unwillingness to practice the very ‘tolerance’ they preach.”
A group of Christians who gather in San Francisco’s Castro district every Friday to witness and pray had to be escorted out by police earlier this month after an angry homosexual mob began to throw hot coffee, soda and alcohol on them, threatened to kill them and tried to molest them, according to members of the group.
A video clip of the aftermath of the ordeal, as police were escorting the Christians out, can be viewed at www.americansfortruth.com , but shows just a small part of what happened according to eyewitnesses.
“It was only the very tail end of the night and says that we were all about Prop 8 …. when in reality we had nothing to do with Prop 8 this night,” one of the group members reported. “All of what we do is for the Love of Jesus Christ, and the love for those in the Castro. … We can’t hate the people because they are just broken and blinded by the spirit of this age.”
The Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina, said the Prop. 8 protests should validate what pro-family supporters did in California and what Tar Heel Christians should be about here – defending the sanctity of marriage.
“As the only state in the Southeast without a constitutional amendment to protect marriage, North Carolina is in a very vulnerable position,” he said, urging Christians to continue to lobby their legislators on the issue.
He said as discouraging as the nationwide Prop. 8 protests are, they serve a function in uncovering motives.
“The violence of some protesters reveals the true nature of the homosexual agenda which has little to do with tolerance,” the Rev. Creech said.
Perhaps Mission America’s Linda Harvey, who has received e-mailed threats urging her to “Beware. We are everywhere and you will never know it…” summed it up best.
“The goal of homosexual activism is not tolerance. It is not equality. The point is revolution and getting their way, no matter what,” she wrote on her organization’s Web site.
Sounds like we’re back to the board game.