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Low Turnout At Watchmen Conference

Jim Burroway

October 22nd, 2007

Protesters at the Watchmen conference
It looks like this past weekend’s Watchmen On the Walls conference turned out to be a bust. Organizers of the conference had expected 600 to 700 people to show up to the convention center in Lynnwood, Washington, but according to news reports the conference drew only a little over a hundred. It would appear that there were nearly as many protesters outside the convention center as there were conference attendees inside.

Seattle television station KING was there with a video report on the conference. Box Turtle Bulletin was credited for relaying the video of the Scott Lively speaking at the Watchman conference in Novosibirsk last August.

Scott Lively (center) surrounded by fellow Watchmen in Lynnewood

The Watchmen On The Walls issued this statement Friday during a news conference before the start of the conference:

We are the Watchmen on the Walls.

We are a global coalition of men and women of every race, color and nationality who believe in the superiority of the natural family and marriage between one man and one woman.

We are against cohabitation, divorce, abortion, adultery and other behaviors that weaken the marriage-based society on which civilization depends. But we are especially focused against homosexuality, because those who practice this self-destructive vice, and have organized themselves into a political movement, are the chief enemies of the natural family.

We do not promote or condone violence.

We do not apologize for opposing homosexuality because it is morally, physically, psychologically and socially wrong, unnatural and harmful. This is self-evident to the vast majority of the citizens of the world, whom we represent.

We are the Watchmen on the Walls and we will not shrink from our duty.

Notice how they sandwiched a single statement about not condoning violence between statements characterizing homosexuality as “morally, physically, psychologically and socially wrong, unnatural and harmful” and the “chief enemy of natural families.” While they don’t seem to explicitly condone violence, they certainly couch their rhetoric in the language of warfare.

And in the face of real violence, Lively in particular has shown an amazing capacity to excuse it whenever it occurs. And Lively is no stranger to violence himself. According to the SPLC, Lively was ordered by a court in 1991 to pay $20,000 to a lesbian photojournalist he was accused of dragging by the hair through the halls of a Portland church.

See also:
Watchmen Wrap-up

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David B.
October 22nd, 2007 | LINK

“We are against cohabitation, divorce, abortion, adultery and other behaviors that weaken the marriage-based society on which civilization depends. But we are especially focused against homosexuality, because those who practice this self-destructive vice, and have organized themselves into a political movement, are the chief enemies of the natural family.”

Wow, they sound like they’d be a lot of fun at a party! No wonder hardly anyone showed up!!

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David B.

Ken R
October 22nd, 2007 | LINK

They sound like Dominionists. Which is a bit more scarier than just your regular old-time fundamentalists.

It seems “The Watchers” need to be watched themselves.

Lynn David
October 22nd, 2007 | LINK

If the natural family is so superior, what have they got to worry about from any other form of family?

Joel
October 22nd, 2007 | LINK

How does creating more families contribute to destroying the ‘natural’ family, if expanding what family is means destroying it, then we should definately halt science in its tracks, and we should’ve long ago never let interracial marriages exist nor expand freedom to those who were in slavery. Ye i know, using the same rhetoric, but it fits so well to this ^^.
If we get tired the same thing over and over, might as well give them a dose of the same medicine. Sadly, something tells me someone needs to do something radical because we are getting nowhere, fast.

Emily K
October 22nd, 2007 | LINK

The fact is, the family has been changing and growing and evolving since the word came into existence. Look at all the Biblical definitions of family relations. They include concubines, multiple wives, widows marrying brother-in-laws… Not only that, until this past century, marriage was not for love – it was for legal purposes only, like dowry and property. Plus, what about extended families that include grandparents and aunts/uncles? what about half-siblings from second marriages that occur after the first spouse has died? What about God-parents? I don’t get where this “natural family” is established in history, other than in fairy-tale 1950’s America: and even THEN it was a myth.

Ted
October 23rd, 2007 | LINK

My thoughts exactly, Emily K. What they call “traditional family values” are only traditional for a handful of decades. The true traditional practices include what you said, plus arranged marriages, and marriage in the teens, etc.

I would especially like to know what they think of a man and woman living together for a year before their official wedding. No sex during that time, but otherwise acting as if man and wife. Would they agree to that as a “traditional family value”? Well, it is called betrothal, and it was what Mary and Joseph were doing…

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