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Anti-Gay Protesters Fined for Disturbance

Timothy Kincaid

March 1st, 2008

sebastian.jpgDo you suppose St. Sebastian just told people he had been shot with arrows? Or perhaps St. Perpetua was exaggerating about that little lion problem. Well if today’s Christian martyrs are anything to go by, I’d be pretty suspicious.

Take, for example, the story of Julian Raven, Maurice Kienenberger, Gloria Raven and Walter Quick. These street preachers went to save souls at the Southern Tier Gay Pride Festival on June 23 of last year.

Here’s how WorldNetDaily tells the story

Julian and Gloria Raven and several others entered the park to pray silently for the participants of the event celebrating homosexual behavior.


“It seems oxymoronic to say that by walking silently in a public park, with heads bowed, these people somehow disturbed the peace,” Oster said of the case earlier. “From the sit-ins of the 1960s to today, courts have repeatedly ruled that the police cannot arrest those who peacefully express their message in public places.”

But is that really what happened? Of course not.

Here’s what WCAX reported the “silent walkers” as doing:

Wearing red T-shirts with the slogans “Liberated from Sin” and “By the Blood of Jesus,” they were arrested for lying down in front of the stage after police ordered them to stay in a corner of the park.


They were allowed to be at the gay festival to tell the participants that they were sinners. They just couldn’t block the event. And they were fined a whopping $100 for trying to do so.

Gee, maybe we can get the Catholic Church to toss out all those old boring saints. Their troubles are nothing compared to these poor poor street preachers who weren’t allowed to disrupt a gay event.

Oh, and naturally they are appealing and are being defended by the Alliance Defense Fund.