From: email@example.com (Keith W. Ramsey)
Subject: Re: The vener...no...stupid Mr. White
Date: Sun, 12 Mar 1995 19:51:54 GMT
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org> Buddy Beaudoin <76153.3315@CompuServe.COM> writes:
>Physical violence is not meted out by born-again Christians.
Hmm, perhaps you should inform the pastor of Potter's House Christian
Fellowship of that "fact", Buddy. Two years ago he led about twenty members
of his congregation -- a charismatic, bible-based, Christian church, complete
with healings, tongues, and demon-expulsions -- in an effort to disrupt the
local Gay Pride parade and festival here in San Diego.
His efforts included shouting verbal abuse at those watching the parade and
smashing one of their protest signs over the head of an observer with such
violence that the victim required medical attention. (Along similar lines,
during an "evangelistic outreach" by members of that Christian fellowship into
the predominantly Gay San Diego neighborhood of Hillcrest, in which the
evangelists stood on street corners and shouted, literally, their "good news",
they also shouted, with equal ferver "Kill a Queer for Jesus! Bullets here, 29
I called the pastor afterward and asked him what action he had taken to
discipline the individual who had broken the sign over the bystander's head.
His reply? No action was taken. In fact, he endorsed the act of violence. He
further said that a number of the people attending his church were "former
gang members" so the people of San Diego's Gay community "better watch it".
In short, he threatened gangland style violence against Gays in San Diego.
The whole point of his "evangelistic outreach" efforts, he said, was to make
Gays feel ashamed of themselves and to stir up non-Gays against them. He had
no interest in "saving" them or in leading them to Christ. His whole intent
was to cause harm.
Incidentally, his main method of stirring his congregation to violence against
Gays was to refer to them, during church services, as "fags", "homos", and
"sodomites". That exactly echoes, Buddy, language you routinely use here on
a.p.h. I cannot help but draw the conclusion, then, that your intention must
also echo the intention of the pastor at Potter's House -- to stir people to
violence against Gays.
Now then, with examples such as yourself and this pastor, who both, as
Christians, represent Jesus in his absence, why do you suppose anyone --
particularly anyone Gay -- might be interested in becoming Christian? Your
hyperbole of judgement and violence is disgusting and sinful, and your
contention that you so speak in God's name is blasphemous.
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