From Right Michigan:
On Sunday morning, amidst worshiping congregants and following unifying prayers that our President-elect be granted wisdom as he prepares to lead our nation through difficult global, social and economic challenges, the Michigan left declared open war on peaceful church goers.
They did it with banners, chants, blasphemy, by storming the pulpit, by vandalizing the church facility, by potentially defiling the building with lewd, public, sex acts and by intentionally forcing physical confrontations with worshipers.
Their other props? I'll let them tell you in their own words... from another of their liberal blogs:
"(A) video camera, a megaphone, noise makers, condoms, glitter by the bucket load, confetti, pink fabric...yeh."
And then at InfoShop News (Please no links to this one. Don't give them the search engine power)
The Mount Hope Church is a deplorable, anti-queer mega-church in Lansing, Michigan. The church works to institutionalize transphobia and homophobia through several repulsive projects including organized "ex-gay" conferences and so-called "hell houses", which depict queers, trannies and womyn who seek abortions in hell. Mt. Hope is complicit in the repression of queers in Michigan and beyond.
Bash Back! ain't down with that. And so on Sunday November 9th, about thirty radical queers from Lansing, Chicago, Memphis and Milwaukee disrupted the church's most well-attended sermon.
At noon, a small group of folks dressed in pink and black, equipped with a megaphone, black flags, picket signs and an upside-down pink cross began demonstrating outside the church. The group was extremely loud and wildly offensive.
The demonstration drew a majority of Mount Hope's security staff outside to watch them.
Meanwhile, with the guards pre-occupied by the distraction, over a dozen queers had put on their Sunday-best and infiltrated the church's congregation. At the signal that the guards had been lured outside, the infiltrators sprung into action.
A group stood up, declared themselves fags, and began screaming loudly. Upon hearing the loud interruption, other affinity groups went into action. A team that had been hiding under the pews in the closed-off balcony dropped a banner and pulled back the curtains to reveal "IT'S OKAY TO BE GAY! BASH BACK!". Another group threw over a thousand fliers to the entirety of the congregation. The fire alarm was pulled. Queers began making out in front of the pastor. And within a matter of minutes, everyone had evaded the guards and made their escapes.
And from CityPulse News
A gay anarchist group infiltrated the Mt. Hope Church in Eaton County Sunday morning, disrupting a service by pulling a fire alarm, dropping leaflets and yelling at parishioners, a pastor said.
The group, Bash Back, was simultaneously picketing outside the church, beating on buckets and using a megaphone to shout "Jesus was a homo" and other slogans as confused churchgoers continued to enter the building.
Members of Bash Back issued a press release Tuesday saying that it targeted Mt. Hope, a church that claims a flock of around 5,000, because it is, "complicit in the repression of queers in Michigan and beyond."
When Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, they questioned the remaining protestors (city pulse spelling) in the church parking lot. Elieff and other church staff questioned the Bash Back members why Mt. Hope Church had been singled out.
"I don’t know," was an almost universal response.
Elieff acknowledged the group's right to protest, but he said the church's civil rights were infringed upon when the service was disrupted.
No one was arrested at the church, and, Elieff said, as far as he knew, no arrests have been made.
The previous was posted by Tuesday Morning (11NOV08) Detroit Free Press since then posted online:
The disruption came from a group which calls itself Bash Back, and involved demonstrations outside the church and inside the sanctuary while services were under way, said Mt. Hope Church communications director David Williams.
Members of the group inside the church shouted pro-gay slogans, threw leaflets, unfurled a banner and pulled a fire alarm, then hastily departed, Williams said. There were no injuries, he said.
Hmmm. No mention of condoms??? Oh! They can't use that word because it is a family paper!
The actions of the Bash Back Group is not the norm for liberals and indeed some will say the group is not liberal but extreme anarchists and outside the definitions of left and right. Their website postings show disdain for both Republicans and Democrats. But I ask which side of the aisle is closer to their ideals concerning homosexuality? I'm certain they had no words of praise for McCain and Palin and more toleration for Obama.
That leaves those on the left closer to these "anarchist thugs" than conservatives.
I would not blame this on Obama's election but think perhaps these 'lost souls' planned on doing this no matter who won the race. I would like to hear the reactions of both McCain and Obama (Mr. Be Humble Around Evil...) concerning this 'incident'.
It will be interesting to see if the ACLU take the case and which side THEY are on....
Myself? I'm going to ask our pastor what he thinks about this situation and how he would want the men in the congregation to react. He is the leader of our portion of Christ's universal church and I will defer to him on this matter.
Prior to speaking with him, had this happened in our church, I would say that at least one or two would need some hospitalization...
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