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06/29/2009

While we were away: America's Pride-hostile tradition marches on

by Jeremy Hooper

Yuck.

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This group, led by members of the Church of Divide and some Russian immigrant evangelical groups, have been protesting at Sac Pride Fest for the last five years (for more, see my reporting on them: "Things to do in Sacramento with a megaphone," at http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/content?oid=873290).

This year, thanks to the kids with the big "God loves everyone" sheet-sized banners who kept blocking the Dividers from public view, they went home. In fact, they didn't even get to the end of the parade route, let alone stand outside the festival preaching all day. I was impressed with how effective it was--though I'd already noticed a much smaller contingent of Dividers than usual.

So it looks like the solution is to take away their audience. These guys just want to be heard, and when no one pays attention, they go home.

I spoke to a couple of the kids with the banners; they said they got the idea from watching "The Laramie Project," but making banners from bed sheets was easier than making large angel-wings on short notice.

I just love the younger generation.

Posted by: Kel Munger | Jun 29, 2009 4:12:25 PM

Ah yes... the slavic immigrants of the Sacramento area. They are at EVERYTHING gay. This is the same group where one of their members murdered a gay man a few years back and they hid him until he could flee the country. This is the same group that assulted me in the fall while I was protesting prop 8. They're mostly ignorant and simply believe their pastor who tells them things like "Hurricane Katrina was cased by the gays."

They come to America to flee presecution and they want to make everyone live according to their interpretation of the Bible. They're a bit like Fred Phelps only less famous and less funded.

Posted by: Pomo | Jun 29, 2009 4:27:44 PM

Well, there's some tiny bit of consolation in the "less funded" part.

Posted by: Bill S | Jun 30, 2009 7:22:06 PM

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