Kingdoms in Conflict: Castro District Mob Assaults Christians

Filed under News, Sexuality & Gender on November 18th, 2008 by M. French

Editor’s Note: More information concerning our sources for this story can be found here: Kingdoms in Conflict Followup

A group of homosexual protesters turned violent on Friday, Nov. 14th when an outreach team from the Justice House of Prayer gathered together to worship on the streets of the Castro District in San Francisco. These young Christians had been meeting to worship and reach out to the Castro community on Friday nights for months, with this being their first time in the community since the passing of Proposition 8 in California, which defines marriage as being between a man and a woman and has sparked nationwide protests from the GLBT community.

While the outreach team sang worship songs, the homosexual protesters became erroneously convinced that the group from JHOP was there to protest the “No on 8” Campaign that the GLBT community has been promoting throughout the country. A crowd gathered around the JHOP team as they sang “Amazing Grace”, and as tensions mounted, the crowd began shouting vulgarities and taunts at the Christians, eventually throwing hot coffee, alcohol, and soda at the group, and according to some at the scene, even spitting on them, all the while blowing whistles inches from their ears. As the scene progressed, the team was also shoved, had their personal belongings stolen, and were hit and kicked, requiring them to call the police. Eventually, a riot team was called in to protect the victims as they worshiped. One victim said that when one of the homosexuals was confronted by a young woman for stealing her Bible, “he responded by hitting her on the head with the Bible, shoving her to the ground, and kicking her.” When asked by the police if she wanted to press charges, she declined, choosing to extend forgiveness to her attacker instead.

Violence and verbal abuse weren’t the only things they had to endure however, as perverse acts of molestation also took place. According to one of the victims, individuals in the crowd touched and grabbed them, tried to remove their pants, and even made attempts to penetrate them anally with foreign objects.  Following this, the police had to surround the outreach team to protect them from the mob, and confront a man who threatened the team leader with death. The police asked the outreach group to leave for their protection due to the violence of the crowd, despite the police presence. They escorted the group during the long walk back to their van, followed by the mob who continued to shout, chant and blow whistles. The press only arrived in time to capture some of their walk back to the van, and you can view the raw footage of this here (YouTube version posted below).

Incredibly, the article published by the news team from KTVU in San Francisco has many of the facts of the event wrong, but with the only interviews performed being from the homosexual community, rather than representatives from both sides or even the police who were called to protect the victims, who should be surprised? The group who went from JHOP to the Castro area was not “marching” to support Proposition 8, nor did they blatantly “confront” anyone from the homosexual community on Friday night. And despite the aggressive nature of the mob, KTVU fails to mention it in the least, and even quotes a homosexual man who says “Their rights were respected…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.” (emphasis mine) They also quote another homosexual man saying “It’s not religious. It’s not a racial thing. It’s about hate. We’re trying to send a message across the world that we’re standing up and we don’t want this to go on anymore.” But they print not a word from a police officer or one of the victims of the attack.

“Their rights were respected?” As hot coffee and other things are thrown on them, their belongings are stolen, and they are physically and sexually assaulted? “It’s about hate?” Since when is praying and singing hymns classifiable as hatred? Emotions are running very high within the GLBT community, but the actions of some of the protesters have overstepped the laws of the nation as well as the “tolerance” and “equality” that they themselves demand of those who believe in God’s design of marriage between a man and a woman. The victims from JHOP attacked in the Castro district would have been well within their rights to press charges, but instead they chose to love and forgive instead of meeting hatred with hatred, or even seeking justice from the laws which protect members of both sides of the issue.

The heart of the group who was chased out of the Castro district is this:

We don’t want to convert gays to straight people. We want them to know the Love of Jesus Christ. Even if someone never becomes attracted to the other sex, they can still love Jesus Christ with all their heart, mind, and soul. As the mob raged, all I could pray was “God have mercy.”

Every one of us stands in need of the mercy of God, without exception. Let us pray for God to have mercy on the GLBT community, that they would have a true encounter with the Spirit of God who is the very embodiment of love, holiness, and truth, and that we may be able to reach out to them with a heart of compassion for the heavy struggle facing those who deal with this issue which lies at the very core of the way they identify themselves. Which one among us has not needed God to redefine core beliefs about who we are/were? The transformation must be accomplished by the Spirit, not the strength of men. We must cry out to Messiah Jesus to have mercy!



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  1. Thanks for writing and posting this, Marcus. I’m sending it out to all my friends.

  2. Let’s get the word out, Bryan!

  3. Marcus,

    Where are you supporting facts or links for these victim’s stories? I’d like to see them verified elsewhere. Such wild stories should be backed up somewhere else. I’d like to read more.

  4. [...] Those in the radical right would now attempt to paint all Prop. 8 protesters as violent, “Christian molesting” perverts. Ain’t true a’tall; you can’t paint us all as crazy lefties. The ultimate form of [...]

  5. Where is the proof? I mean, seriously, how hard is it to bring at least one video camera with you when you go on one of these expeditions? I was crazy enough to picket a big shindig of the Church of $cientology at the Shrine Auditorium in LA by myself back in 1997, but I wouldn’t do anything similar today without video.

    Additionally, how is it that this isn’t seen as an invasion of a neighborhood by a victorious army seeking to rub salt into people’s wounds after the big electoral victory?

    And finally, this is some tawdry martyrdom here. Getting shouted at and threatened? *Maybe* having stuff thrown on you? I mean, seriously, if you want to read about people who really suffered for their faith, may I suggest googling Vibia Perpetua and Felicitas, or if your tastes run to Protestants being martyred by Catholics, Foxe’s Book of Martyrs will do it for you.

    For the record, I’m straight. Ex-Mormon. Resigned my membership over Prop 8. And very unimpressed by this cheesy attempt at martyrdom.

  6. Matt,

    The source is an email from the JHOP team I was forwarded though some mutual contacts.

  7. So, these stories aren’t verifiable in any other public context?

  8. Deana,
    The purpose of this article was hardly dramatic. As believers in America, we have suffered very little in comparison with our brothers and sisters in two-thirds of the world. This is merely the report of a true to life situation, and it is a statement about our culture and the direction it is headed in.

    That being said, in all truth this event could be classified as an assault, and I am thankful that the JHOP folks did not retaliate, but chose to forgive and bless those who were opposing them. It is a demonstration of the inherent rage that hides within the human heart (whether gay or straight), and the mercy, love and peace that God has given us through faith in His Son.

  9. Thanks Bryan… I agree with you. This is an assault, and I just want to verify it. But, that seems a bit allusive right now.

  10. Matt,

    World Net Daily picked up the story: http://worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=81310

    Also, it looks like there may be some major news outlets picking up the story shortly.

    Marcus

  11. Thanks Marcus, although WND is hardly reputable.

    I’d still like to see some verification of of this “molestation” claim. There’s no evidence of this. And no first-hand verification published by any reputable news source.

    Sounds fishy to me.

  12. Hey Matt,

    Here is a link that has one of the JHOP people telling their side of the story. Click on the first YouTube video. First hand testimony, nothing allusive.

    http://www.joelstrumpet.com/?p=1606

  13. [...] Yesterday I reported on the scuffle that took place between gays and a group of Christians that were trying to convert gays in the Castro on Friday night. Late last night Marcus French over at Voice of Revolution commented on my blog post. He said I had posted inaccurately. That the Christians were there to merely pray and worship publicly and were then physically, psychologically, and sexually assaulted. His account in all of its absurdity is here. [...]

  14. While the mob certainly didn’t act too respectful in this YouTube video, what Christian could think it’s a good idea to go and sing songs in some neighborhood? I’m sorry, but what on earth does that do? How is that loving your neighbor? It seems like just asking for trouble. Singing worship songs out on the streets isn’t “outreach.” How about staying in your own neighborhood and learning to love the neighbors around you, homosexual or not?! These kind of attempts at “evangelism” or whatever it was, dishearten me.

  15. Where’s the proof? Sounds fishy to me? This is some tawdry martyrdom here?…Who are you people?..
    Your right there are people dealing with worse than this all over the world, that’s not the point. The mere fact that in an american city we have this type of retribution towards Christians at all should be setting off alarms, but then again Christians were also partly responsible for electing the most blatantly open agenda against God this country has ever seen as our new president. It’s that very apostasy that is setting in and taking hold and you best be hearing the trumpet of the watchmen, because your destruction is at hand….PROOF?

    Wow..the sinners I know, but dear God wake your people up…

  16. Jerauld… Still no evidence or a reputable news source reporting on the wildly absurd “molestation” claim.

    I’ve admitted that I believe the events got out of hand and violent. I condemn that. But I also condemn unverified reports with no evidence from any reputable source claiming something as wildly provocative and absurd as public molestation.

  17. Matt,

    The story we got this from is public knowledge. Here’s an example of what’s out there on the net with the same account we were using: http://michellemalkin.com/2008/11/17/anti-prop-8-mob-watch-san-franciscos-castro-district/

    We know and trust the people affiliated with this ministry, and thus are going ahead with their account of things we received. I kept out a few things from their story they weren’t sure about, and with regard to some of the more controversial things they could have been mistaken about, I was careful to say “according to one of the victims” or “according to some at the scene”.

  18. The full testimony can be read if you go to the youtube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrRxFoBSPng) and click on “more info” to the upper right. We know that is the actual story from one of the JHOP team members.

  19. Thanks Marcus. I would have loved to have had these links in the post.

    I’ll write something up later tonight when I get home.

  20. Bryan,

    It was a triumphalist and confrontational intrusion into a neighborhood that had seen its civil rights taken away by the actions of these very people. I’m curious…would they have done the same thing in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood? Or what about in my heavily Mormon (but admittedly residential) neighborhood here in Arizona? (Not stupid here…I know the JHOP people think that Mormons are cultists.) I rather doubt it.

    Seriously, JHOP would do well to scrap their “vision” (which is based on an obsessive interest in people’s sexuality–I’ve read it) and get back to Matthew 25:31-46. In a country where (I heard today) that around 750K children are experiencing “food insecurity” (read: hunger), where millions of people are sucked into the justice system, and so on, these people are going to the Castro, where everyone has heard their message and reacted negatively to “God’s love” wrapped up in overt homophobia?

    Going to the Castro is not part of what Jesus said you Christians should be up to. Love justice and do mercy and stop rubbing salt into people’s wounds.

  21. If you want to go to the Castro, go as servants. Don’t go to preach. Find a need and meet it.

  22. Here’s the young “martyr,” speaking at some event last weekend. The man handing her the microphone is Lou Engle, who leads “The Call.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsxojbyAQGI

    Here’s Lou’s larger sermon, from which the YouTube video was taken:

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1290842731133226060&hl=en

    This is fairly repulsive stuff. I ended up having to shut Lou off after about five minutes, because, frankly, he was making me sick almost to the point of vomiting–and NOT because I was being “convicted of sin.” His whole way is repulsive and has little to do with Jesus.

  23. Deana,

    Thanks for the links. What exactly did Lou say or do that made you “sick almost to the point of vomiting”?

  24. Howdy. The young girl gives her testimoney on video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsxojbyAQGI

  25. All,

    Reading the YouTube account again, I see that it leaves out a few things that our email source contained. I’ve written a followup to the article that contains further details on our sources here: http://voiceofrevolution.askdrbrown.org/2008/11/19/kingdoms-in-conflict-followup/

  26. Marcus, Thanks for all the follow-up and the links of the personal testimony. I hope you understand why I wanted to see some sort of evidence for this story: It is so outrageous that it needs something to back it up.

    Now, when are we going to see some posts about the non-violent protests in Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh, Greenville (NC), WIlmington, Columbia, Charleston, Greensboro, Boone and the countless other non-violent protests in the more than 300 cities holding events last Saturday?

  27. [...] issue was a story he posted about a conflict between residents of the Castro in San Francisco and members of a Christian …. In it, Marcus included this outrageous claim: Violence and verbal abuse weren’t the only things [...]

  28. My somewhat lengthy response/analysis of this story is now up:

    http://www.interstateq.com/archives/2907/

  29. What you see in this tape is one of the reasons, as a native northern california for 65 years, I quit going to San Francisco, a city I feel was highjacked from me by scum like this and the BUMS that have taken over the streets of San Francisco. Not only SF has gone to the liberals, so has the entire state, which is another reason my family now resides in the lowcountry of South Carolina. I quite frankly could care less if I ever set foot in that state again, and I will never return to San Francisco, a decadant city run by a wacko mayor, bums and punks like the one you see in this tape. I WOULD SUGGEST THAT ALL CHRISTIANS BOYCOTT THE CITY; TAKE YOUR VACATIONS AND CONVENTIONS ELSEWHERE!

  30. Official statement released yesterday from the JHOP team: http://voiceofrevolution.askdrbrown.org/2008/11/19/kingdoms-in-conflict-official-statement-from-jhop/

  31. Is not the gospel for the sick? Are we not to take it to the muslims who are deceived and blinded by the lies of Islam? Are we not to take the gospel to the hurting and broken in the jails and prisons? Since when is it wrong to risk our lives? Oh ya, it has been wrong for 40 or 50 years, since the American church fell asleep and let darkness take over our neighborhoods, cities and even churches. Since the placebo gospel won the day.
    We are called to go into the highways and byways, to the lost sheep of Israel, to those who hate and reject Jesus.
    But people don’t like it because it provokes them. It points a finger at their fear of losing their lives, their comforts, their livelihoods, etc. The enemy wants people to stay out of his territory and he will defend his territory with a guise of false love and sympathy. But it is a sympathy for the devil that is behind the mask of false love. If not for the handful of those worshiping and praying for mercy in that city, it would be gone already. They are the Lot’s and Abraham’s holding back God’s Almighty wrath for that city. Oh that people could see that. God doesn’t want to send judgment first, he wants to give them the mercy and love of His Son Jesus. And because a handful of people believe that and have planted themselves into the middle ot those who hate him, he is holding back his judgments over that city.
    Maybe this will provoke hundreds even thousands to go right into the heart of those broken people and share the love of Jesus with them. And out of that many will be spared and saved. And maybe it will provoke even one follower of Jesus to go into a Muslim nation that has rejected Christ, with a willingness to lay down his life, and be spent as a seed of prayer, worship, fasting, and weeping for the lost souls of some of those nations.
    American self-preservation religion/with the name Jesus sprinkled in it, must come to an end. And we are all guilty, but God will raise up a people in this hour that are his bond-slaves of Love.

  32. Painful to watch …people self destruct.

  33. “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”

  34. Honestly, let’s take the same situation from the opposite angle.  What if a group of GLBT supporters held a gay pride parade in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  Do you think the “Christian” community there would be “tolerant?”  Or do you think those so-called “Christians” of the Deep South would react the very same way, if not worse, than those in Castro.  If that situation happened, don’t you think many conservative ministers and right-wing commentators would be saying “Well, the homosexuals should have had more common sense than hold a gay pride parade in the Deep South…the people of Hattiesburg were deliberately provoked…” and other such nonsense.  

    While it does sadden me to see this type of behavior, I must say that neither side is completely innocent here.  ”Christians” have, for decades, persecuted, harassed, belittled, ridiculed, chastised, abused, assaulted, and murdered gays, lesbians, bisexuals and the transgendered.  They add insult to injury by stripping their rights through asinine bills such as Prop 8.  So I can understand why the gay community is a little upset after having tolerated this from the “Christians” for so long.

    I am a Christian.  I used quotations in reference to other people who claim to follow Christ because this is not Christian behavior in the slightest.  Matt. 7:1, “Judge Not, lest Ye Be Judged.”  John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son.”  For some reason, “Christians” seem to ignore these phrases, as they ignore scripture about divorce (50% of marriages in this country fail), about lying, about cheating, about stealing, about loving thy neighbor, about respecting others; they ignore all of this but cling to Lev. 18:22 and the story of Sodom and Gomorrah.  This, while our economy is self-destructing and we’re lost in two wars.  These “Christians” really need to focus on things that will bring peace and prosperity to an imperfect world, rather than bringing hate and divisiveness to the Castro.

  35. Paul,

    Your post intrigued me for several reasons, and I’m wondering if you could expand on a few of your comments.

    First, could you give me some documentation about the “Christians” who have “murdered” GLBT people for decades?

    Second, could you explain to me what is “asinine” about Prop 8, stating that marriage is the union of a man and woman, just as it has always been throughout history?

    Third, can you tell me how Christians worshiping Jesus on a street corner in the Castro is “bringing hate and divisivness” there?

    Fourth, you state that the Christians who went into the Castro should instead “focus on things that will bring peace and prosperity to an imperfect world.” Wasn’t that the very thing they were doing? Isn’t that what bringing the message of Jesus is all about?

    I look forward to your responses.

  36. You christians have been slandering and libeling homsexuals for thousands of years. Your opinion of God is fake and only the most stupid and lazy of thought, could believe in your frauds. Your whole dog and pony show about “God” is unwotrhty of any true higher power. Do you realy think you will be rewarded in the afterlife for your total stupidity? I have FAITH that you will NOT…..

  37. Here we have a member of the Faux Tolerance Brigade. While biblical Christians are castigated for not being tolerant & accepting of all views, it is okay for others to be intolerant of what we believe. In other words, I hear them saying:

    I hate you, you hater!!
    or
    I won’t tolerate intolerant people!

    Slander and libel are basically the same thing; slander is spoken while libel is written. Both require  _intentional false statements_  presented as facts and injure a particular person’s reputation or standing in some way.

    Criticizing or condemning an *activity* or *behavior* does neither.

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