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Video: The pure joy of discriminating against your City Council speaker

by Jeremy Hooper

One other Fellini film-like takeaway from yesterday's NOM/Diaz rally in the Bronx: The pure jubilance on display:

Releasing balloons in the sky:
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It wasn't even like a fired up political vibe -- it was much more like a street fair or something. There were dance breaks, balloons, young girls in costume, and roaring cheers that felt less like they were geared towards Albany reform and more like the kind of "whoops" one would expect at a concert or prayer revival. It was a party vibe all around.

The woman standing next to me at the rally (who was perfectly friendly, btw) actually had to apologize at least twenty times, since her exuberant jumping at this prayer or that condemnation kept landing her squarely on my Converse One Star. It was that sort of day.

Would've been enjoyable, actually, had it been a block party. But since this was instead a day where a preacher rallied the crowd by saying gays are "worthy to death," a state senator's wife said gays are "enslaved and enchained by homosexuality," a media personality stood against Ricky Martin's role as the gatekeeper to hell, and every single speaker accused gays of "breaking traditional marriage" in one church/state-separation-denying way or another (*see below for links to all of those), you'll have to forgive me if I was less than celebratory.



Photos from the rally

Presiding pastor says "Those who practice such things are worthy to death"

Preacher says 'breaking traditional marriage' will bring 'judgement and wrath of God'

Sen. Ruben Diaz' wife, Leslie Diaz, calls gays an 'abomination' and bases all opposition in her faith

NOM/Diaz rally speaker: Protect the family from Ricky Martin/the gates of hell

NOM's Brian Brown gives skewed, wholly religious speech

About that other group with a huge on-site presence, TFP

About that NOM/Diaz human chain

NOM-financed flyer supporting the event

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