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Disturb the Christians and you might pay a thousand dollars and go to jail.
UPDATE: Nathan Harris of City Pulse updates the Bash Back story from Lansing, Michigan two weeks ago with two more articles. As always follow the link for the full article and here are the excerpts of interest:
One week laterHe doesnt know what is on his own website? Good one pastor, nice attempt at plausible defensibility. What a jackass for the "good news" not to know what plans his own ministry has posted on their own website. Sorry Pastor that is direct and blatant promulgation in the public marketplace which means your Church is no longer a private entity and is fair game for counter protests as well.
Mykall, who grew up attending Mount Hope, said Dunami and other groups put gays in the same group as flashers, rapists and other sex criminals. Mykall and Stewart both object to claims that their “action” was violent in any way. The outside protesters were meant to draw security outside so there would be no violence against the inside group. The inside group infiltrated the church, and in the middle of the service hung a pro-gay banner and tossed an estimated 1,000 fliers around. Reports that Bash Back pulled a fire alarm and tossed glitter and condoms at churchgoers are false, say Mykall and Stewart. Mykall doesn’t recall hearing a fire alarm and never saw any fire trucks show up
(Rev. John) Elieff said that no one saw a member of Bash Back pull a fire alarm, but that two alarms near an entrance had been pulled. As a reporter for City Pulse who covered the protest, I was standing outside the main entrance and did not hear a fire alarm. Nor did I see any fire trucks respond to an alarm.
Mykall said that church leaders have not requested to speak with Bash Back members, but to them, such a conversation would not be desirable. “The reason we have chosen not to sit down with the leadership of Mount Hope Church is, let’s face it, we’re not going to change their minds,” Mykall said. The tactics of two Sundays ago served the intended purpose, Stewart said. “Sometimes the only way we can get that point across is by appearing angry or violent,” Stewart said. The pair both underscored that the intention of the “action” was to reach out to youth.
“To me, homosexuality is about lust, attraction, not about the way you were born, not about a disease,” Elieff said.... He is unaware of any specific church program targeting the gay community. Various programs at the church, he says, encompass gays and lesbians, like the sex addiction support group. “We would not want to see what happened two Sundays ago happen to another church or religious organization,” he said. Elieff said that the church, however, has returned to normal. Mount Hope claims a flock of around 5,000. .... And in contrast to Mykall and Stewart, he would welcome a meeting between the two sides.
Disturb the Reverend, get thrown in jail.This is political pandering in its finest form. He actually had to backtrack at one pointe and clarify that it would be for all "houses of worship". I wonder if he included the Gay Churches in there as well? If this does pass into law it will probably get shot down on appeal as unconstitutional.
State Rep. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, is drafting legislation to make disrupting a religious meeting a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $5,000 fine and a year in prison. Jones, a former Eaton County Sheriff, said in an interview that in Michigan an invasion and disruption of a religious service is already a misdemeanor offense. Jones’ legislation would make the infraction a high misdemeanor and make penalties more severe than the existing $1,000 maximum fine. He said he would introduce this legislation during the 2009 session.
UPDATE: Just to prove that F6 strives to be balanced in its reporting, here is an additional Associated Press story from Tim Martin of the Chicago Tribune, which takes a more conservative tactic on the issues at hand and provides a national coverage to Bash Back activities. Included in the report was that footage from the event has been played on Fox New's O'Reilly Factor. I am now looking for that footage and as soon as I find it I will post the link here. Hat tip: An Outsider's Perspective
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EDITOR'S NOTE: That is enough for now. To review F6's previous reporting and commentary on the above story from Michigan click here. I will update this post further throughout the day if necessary, as well as add others. My apologies for not being able to post the second post last Wednesday or the two planned on for Saturday. Verizon has been giving me a service migraine like nothing you have ever seen. Fortunately, F6 is back up and burning the midnight oil to recover the week lost in publication, resources, and production schedules. As for now I am going to bed.