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10/22/2009

'The Gall' heads to New England

by Jeremy Hooper

You know Lou Engle, that guy who arranged the big monster truck evangelical rally before the Prop 8 vote?

This would be the same rally where James Dobson said that gay activists are angry because of our "childhood pain," Miles McPherson compared us to Satanic roaches that need to be stamped out, and a whole host of other evangelicals presented teh gay as being a worse problem than teh economy, teh wars, or teh anything else that genuinely is a problem. Listen to all of that here.

Well guess what? This weekend, Lou's bringing this hurtful dog and pony show to Maine. And to promote the Maine version of "The Call," he is even co-opting queer history:

40 years after the stonewall riots, that many point to as the beginning of the homosexual revolution in America, we are calling for a spiritual stonewall to be raised up all across the nation. I've been asking God "How do we build this stonewall?" Recently, I was asked by national Christian leaders and pro-family leaders in Maine to call the whole state of Maine and all of New England to fast and pray for 21 days starting tomorrow October 14 through November 4th, election day. Maine will be voting on whether or not to legalize same-sex marriage. No state has of yet voted for same-sex marriage when the people themselves have gone to the polls. States that have legalized it have done it through the tyranny of courts and lobbyist pressured legislatures. Maine is the next battlefield. Like California, there is a great mobilization effort on both sides. Prayer could be the winning blow. Daniel fasted 21-days and shifted the influence over the very kings of persia partnering with the angelic realm (Daniel 10:12-14).

Build a Stonewall

Therefore, we are calling for prayer and fasting across the nation for 21 days in another flashpoint stand of spiritual resistance. On October 14th (Daniel 10:12-14), let the Churches of America turn from their own personal compromise with sin and from an apathetic silence. Let us cry out to God for the state of Maine and lift the victory of the cross over every false ideology. Then, let us cry out to God for a great awakening in Maine, New England and the Nation without which I see no hope for America. There are no more tomorrows. For such a time as this we are to build a stonewall and stand in the gap.

TheCall: Maine [LCF]

There is no hope unless Maine goes anti-gay? Without an evangelical victory, there will be no tomorrow? And robbing LGBT people of their civil rights would be a "winning blow"?

You know, we're really starting to get a sneaking suspicion that these social conservatives just don't care for or respect us. We don't want to jump to conclusions or anything, but something's really starting to give us that sneaking suspicion.

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I am confused, I thought that "The Stonewall Inn" was an actual physical place in NYC that was raided by police. The result of that event later came to be called "Stonewall". The word "Stonewall" (with a Capitol C) is a proper name of a place that existed and an event so his use of the word in reference to the event with a lowercase c is obviously incorrect.

After checking with Webster's , you know, the dictionary, his use of the word has nothing to do with the actual event, and it doesn't make any sense except as an
(intransitive verb)
1. chiefly British : to engage in obstructive parliamentary debate or delaying tactics
2. : to be uncooperative, obstructive, or evasivetransitive verb : to refuse to comply or cooperate with

or if he is using it as a noun
Date: before 12th century

1 : a fence made of stones; especially : one built of rough stones without mortar to enclose a field
2 : an immovable block or obstruction (as in public affairs)

I hope they build a nice New England STONE WALL around themselves. There, at least I can use the word correctly!

Posted by: Bob Miller | Oct 22, 2009 2:44:17 PM

Their bigotry, much like that other stone wall in China, is visible from outer space.

Posted by: SammySeattle | Oct 22, 2009 2:48:30 PM

Come on TRUE Mainers - VERMONT was the FIRST State to have the Legislature vote for marriage equality and overturn our (soon to be ex) Governor's VETO - Maine's Legislature followed with the marriage equality VOTE but now, NOW TRUE MAINERS - you can be the FIRST State to VOTE for marriage equality - you can do it and I know you truly will come through. God bless you all.

Posted by: tom | Oct 22, 2009 3:04:13 PM

The Archdiocese of Portland and S4MM have repeatedly said that they are not anti-gay, that they have supported anti-discrimination laws protecting gay people in the workplace, and support DP rights for gay couples.

So now we should put it to them: will you separate yourself from this kind of event and the rhetoric that goes with it, or will you hypocritically embrace it for perceived electoral advantage?

Posted by: David | Oct 22, 2009 4:27:20 PM

Biddeford, ME manufacturing plants shut down, bringing significant unemployment and family distress = No Lou Engle

Bath, ME iron factories close, bringing significant unemployment and family distress = No Lou Engle

Dramatic increase in percent of Maine children living in poverty = No Lou Engle

Gay marriage = Bring on the Lou Engle road show! Jesus commands us!

Posted by: Dell | Oct 22, 2009 4:30:43 PM

http://www.boingboing.net/2009/10/20/86-year-old-wwii-vet.html?awesm=fbshare.me_Pmu

Posted by: Alonzo | Oct 22, 2009 4:51:22 PM

Pointing above to Alonzo's post- anyone who has not seen that video, featuring an 86 year old WW2 vet speaking in support of gay marriage, please do. I saw it for the first time last night and I cried at his words. A man who has seen so much, raised four sons, and understands exactly what it was he was fighting for.

Posted by: therealistmom | Oct 22, 2009 8:55:04 PM

"40 years after the stonewall riots, that many point to as the beginning of the homosexual revolution in America, we are calling for a spiritual stonewall to be raised up all across the nation."

"Let us cry out to God for the state of Maine and lift the victory of the cross over every false ideology."

This rhetoric, to me, is very telling. And, quite frankly, I am surprised that they are being so bold. This isn't about marriage to the hatemongers. It is fully and completely about hate. The more they speak about how much they want to relegate us back to the point when we feared to be known as who we are, and the more they attack us just for being LGBT, the more apparent it is that they wish to relegate us to FULL second class citizenship. And, why does that matter... because the constitution guarantees to us "equal protection". And, it is very clear that these guys want to eliminate our "equal protection".

Posted by: Dick Mills | Oct 22, 2009 9:10:13 PM

They want to pray and fast for 21 days in hopes that I won't have the ability to sign a contract entitling my partner and I to certain legal benefits?

Good. Now excuse No on 1 while we spend our time campaigning and eating.

Posted by: PINGAS | Oct 23, 2009 12:36:04 AM

Hopefully in his weakened state he'll succumb to some illness.

Posted by: Tony P | Oct 23, 2009 12:56:53 PM

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