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08/31/2009

Bail of the Ball: He who sends us gross emails is now claiming gross injustice

by Jeremy Hooper

Over the years, we've had our own personal run-ins with Georgia pastor Billy Ball:

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Now our lil' hostile pen pal is working the "victim" angle, claiming that he and some friends were recently arrested in their home state for nothing more than standing on a corner and sharing their message. Joe.My.God. has more on that story, as "reported" by the unfailingly fallacious WorldNetDaily:

According to WorldNetDaily, well-known anti-gay nutball Pastor Billy Ball and a supporter (pictured) were arrested several times on the same day last week for holding anti-gay signs on a Manchester, Georgia street corner.
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As repulsive as these men are, if the WND story is factual (BIG if there), Pettigrew is right. However, WND is famed even among Christianists and Freepers for completely fabricating stories and as of this writing there appears to be no other news account of this incident.
WND: Pastor Arrested For Anti-Gay Signs [J.M.G.]

Joe is right: If Ball and his merry band of pranksters were simply standing on the corner holding signs and whatnot, then arrests would be out of the question. But considering the unsolicitedly hostile way he's greeted us, and considering that WND is the only outlet who seems to care about this "story," we would advise any and everyone against buying into the "poor, innocent, victim" act. The martyr game is highly sellable in anti-gay circles, but it is most always a false bill of goods!

**SEE ALSO: Explore all that is Bill Ball.

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Your thoughts

You have to have a permit to demonstrate. That's just the way it is.

And one other thing:

"By the end of the day, I had been arrested three times, and my pastor was arrested four times – simply because we wouldn't go away."

Give me an effing break! Arrested three times in one day? Let alone four. The first time they would have held them at the station for a few hours. The second time, they would have kept them there.

Posted by: Jake | Aug 31, 2009 10:11:20 AM

Share Jesus' love, Billy & Mrs. - share Jesus' love!

Posted by: tom | Aug 31, 2009 10:18:25 AM

Typical bully language in those e-mails there, I bet he beats his wife, kids and dogs too (assuming he has any). What he needs is a nice big queer to show him the not-so-"sissy" side of the people he's fucking with.

Posted by: paul | Aug 31, 2009 11:59:35 AM

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