Hundreds of homosexual activists rushed out of bars and swarmed a group of Christians who were singing songs in San Francisco’s Castro District – and some even threatened to kill the worshippers.
A group of Christians had been singing and praying in the “gay” district for several days, but they never expected an angry mob would run them out. However, that’s what happened Friday night.
One woman who was attacked told her story with Pastor Lou Engle at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. She said the group’s fellowship had been peaceful for several nights before the riot.
“People would come stand with us and join us,” she said. “We got to pray for some people.”
But then angry men began yelling profanities and warning the Christians to leave the district.
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One asked, “Why are you here?”
The leader of the group said, “We’re here to worship God, and we’re here because we love you.”
A group of men approached the Christians and covered them with a large cloth, backing them into a corner. Then the angry mob began swearing and growing larger. The bars began emptying out, and a crowd completely surrounded the Christians.
The worship group began singing “Amazing Grace,” while an estimated 500 “gay” advocates sang, “We Shall Overcome.”
The woman said she and her friend were doused with hot coffee. One man took a Bible from her friend, hit her on the head with it, pushed her to the ground and began kicking her. People began lunging at the Christian group, blowing whistles in their ears.
“They started saying, ‘We’re going to kill you,’” she said. “They started taking our pictures and saying, ‘We’re going to kill you. We know who you are.”
Then she said a man jumped through the crowd and pushed her forehead.
Just then, a squad of police officers arrived in riot gear, surrounding the Christians and forming a protective human wall.
She said the police told them, “You have to leave if you want to make it out.”
When the group continued praying, an officer came back and said, “You don’t have a choice anymore. We’re going to escort you out.”
The officers then took the Christians to their cars. The angry mob began lunging at them through the riot gear and chanting “Shame on you!”
Some yelled, “We are going to follow you all the way home!” Others called the Christians “hypocrites.”
One man screamed into a camera, “We don’t ever want them coming back. Do you understand that, other Christians? Do you understand that, other Mormons? I’m talking to you, people. Yeah, you. Stay out of our neighborhood if you don’t like us. Leave us alone!”
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The woman said her group had merely organized a peaceful fellowship and wasn’t there to condemn homosexuals.
“We hadn’t preached,” she said. “We hadn’t evangelized. We worshipped God in peace, and we were about to die for it.”
“Their rights were respected,” Joe Schmitz, an opponent of Prop. 8, told San Francisco’s KTVU Channel 2. “They got a chance to go ahead and pray on the sidewalk, and I had the opportunity to express my freedom of speech, which is telling them to get out of my neighborhood.”
The following day, approximately 20,000 people marched in San Francisco to protest passage of California’s Proposition 8 protecting traditional marriage. Several thousand people conducted other protests around the nation in cities such as Manhattan, Chicago and Los Angeles.
According to reports, many protesters feeling emboldened by the recent election chanted, “Yes we can!” – a slogan popularized by the Barack Obama campaign.