Yes, you read that right: A man used the Bible to threaten a woman with rape at a Gay Pride Parade in Michigan.
I realize I haven’t said anything about the Chick-Fil-A anti-gay marriage turned pro-gay marriage controversy in recent weeks. And to be honest, I’m not going to say anything about it; frankly, I don’t give a rats ass. I mean, it’s not like anyone who has spent time on this blog doesn’t know that I’m a secularist, and supportive of gay marriage. That said, without bringing up old arguments, there’s very little anyone can say to me from a Biblical perspective to convince me that being gay and wanting or advocating same-sex marriage is morally wrong. Besides, the Constitution protects freedom of religion and expression as well as the right to peaceably assemble and seek redress from government.
That said, the CEO of Chick-Fil-A was within his right to express his opinion of same-sex marriage, and use his religious faith as the basis for said opinion. Also, activists are also within their right to protest said establishment even as silly as it may sound to some. They can have all the kiss-ins they desire just as long as it doesn’t lead to lewd and lascivious behavior, which is totally against the law. Advocate for gay marriage and protest Chick-Fil-A all you want, but you won’t be having sex in public to show said support. As I see it, advocating for gay marriage isn’t a problem. However, it is the people hiding behind the Bible to justify their bigotry that are. Case in pint, check out what happened at a Gay Pride rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan recently.
Apparently, the Bible justifies raping lesbians:
Police in Grand Rapids, Michigan say that there was nothing they could do after Bible-preaching protesters threatened to rape and murder pro-LGBT activists at a “Gay Day” event over the weekend.
In a video posted to YouTube, several protesters with Bibles can be seen shouting at a woman celebrating in the inaugural “Gay Day” celebration, an event organized by the human rights group Tolerance, Equality and Awareness Movement (TEAM) to showcase the community’s diversity.
“Back in the day there was no free power, there was no going to the mall,” one protester tells the woman. “There was, ‘sit your ass in this house until I bring my ass home.’”
“And if your ass get to going out there like you said, guess what?” a second protester adds. “You get raped. And that’s what’s going to happen to you. … Keep your pussy clean, that’s all you need to do. Do you understand?”
After one man claims, “the Lord said that,” the woman challenges him to find the corresponding Bible verse.
He responds with Isaiah 13: “Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.”
“What does ‘ravished’ mean? It means, we going to rape your ass,” the protester explains. “And I’m going to have fun doing that shit. And you going to like that. I promise you.”
After briefly arguing that he is misinterpreting the Bible, the woman observes, “Anything I say, you say it doesn’t matter.”
“It’s going to matter right now,” the man shoots back. “It’s going to matter when your clothes off and I’m going inside of you repeatedly. That’s when it’s going to matter. Because you going to enjoy yourself.”
The woman in the video told WWMT that the men also recited her boyfriend’s license plate number and promised to find and kill him. She said she called 911, but the Grand Rapids Police Department officer told her that there was nothing he could do.
Lt. Mark Ostapowicz explained to MLive.com that the report was closed because no one came forward with a specific complaint.
“The Gay Day celebration group was upset that the Bible group was able to protest, but in their protest they weren’t doing anything wrong, according to the (responding police officer’s) report,” Ostapowicz said. ““When the officers got there they were not threatening each other. As long as they’re not breaking any of the protest rules, there’s nothing we can do.”
“As of right now, we just have two groups in disagreement with each other. Nothing happened that led the officers to do more.”
In a letter posted to their website on Tuesday, TEAM called on authorities to take action to protect the LGBT community.
“It is our position that these actions should not be tolerated in this community, and that the perpetrators of such actions be brought to justice,” TEAM president Chris Surfus wrote in the letter. “[H]ate speech that incites violence, rape and other criminal actions is not constitutionally protected.”
“It is our hope that the Grand Rapids Police Department will formally charge these men for these atrocious and unwelcome actions in our community,” he added.
WWMT reported that the men were part of a Christian black supremacist group called the Black Hebrew Israelites. According to the South Poverty Law Center, the quickly spreading movement preaches “a frightening, racist theology that says Jesus Christ is returning soon to kill or enslave white people, Jews, homosexuals, and others.”
I had hoped to post the video, but apparently it has been pulled by the YouTube user who posted it. Some may believe that it’s a good thing that the video was removed, but I disagree. I firmly believe that it is imperative that people like the gentleman captured on tape — who was black, by the way — should be exposed. Why? Because it’s important that people understand that the violence members of the LGBT community face is very real. More importantly, oftentimes the perpetrators of said violence believe they’re doing the Lord’s work, and are justified in inflicting pain emotionally or otherwise. But if you let some opponents tell it, “the gays” are trying to force their “lifestyle” on others. Which is really funny since my Conservative friends thinks the following is racist.