Today in inexcusable behavior, a group of people physically attacked two preachers who were protesting Seattle Gay Pride. Carrying signs that said “Repent or Else” and “Jesus Saves From Sin,” the preachers were approached and then assaulted by a man and woman as group mentality takes over and others rush to join the event.
At one point, the video shows a man taking off his shirt and threatening the sign-holding protester. The man eventually starts leaving, saying, “Cops are coming; let’s roll.”
After a group of women try unsuccessfully to steal the protester’s sign, a group of men grab onto it and pull him to the ground while the crowd applauds. That’s when the video shows the 36-year-old run back toward the fight and punch the sign-holder in the back of the head multiple times.
Of course the video went viral on various conservative web sites with fingers pointing at the LGBT community. According to news sources, the perpetrator is a straight and married man with multiple felonies on his record. But that fact did not prevent reaction similar to that found in a Tweet sent by the leader of Log Cabin Republicans, Gregory T. Angelo:
Gays in Seattle celebrate “pride” by beating down street preachers. Liberal “tolerance” strikes again. Scary. http://t.co/sqOwxIvduy
— Gregory T. Angelo (@gregorytangelo) July 5, 2013
Jason Queree, the man suspected of punching the protester multiple times, has been arrested 29 times since 1995. He has been convicted or otherwise found against for nine felonies, including forgery, stolen property, unlawful firearm possession and theft, and 12 misdemeanors, including driving with a suspended license, vehicle prowl, domestic violence, assault, DUI and criminal trespass.
So, no indications that liberals (or conservatives) were involved in the attack. In a time when we all should be coming together, attacks like this is an infringement of First Amendment rights and makes our community look like the “thugs” the right always compares gay activists to.
Get your act together, people!