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Christian Teen Group BattleCry Rallies Against "Gay Sin" in SF


More than 20,000 teenagers with the anti-gay evangelical Christian youth group BattleCry converged on San Francisco this weekend for a two-day confab of "Christian rock, religious speakers and worship." The weekend kicked off with a rally at City Hall which, according to Towleroad correspondent Michael Davis, became a heated confrontation between the group and progressives there to protest.

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Davis sent Towleroad these photos from the event. A gay man argues with one of the BattleCry youths (above); a father and son broadcast their opinion on marriage; protestors gather on the mall; and young Christians pray for salvation (below).

Ron Luce, who runs the Texas-based ministry behind the event, told the AP: All the stuff that's being rammed down their throats, it's pillaging and raping this young generation of any virtue. They're saying 'we're tired, we're going to shape our culture in a different way...The Bible teaches us homosexuality's harmful and is a sin, period. There's lots of documentation that homosexuals have shorter life spans, and are more prone to suicide and depression, so it's not very loving of us to let them stay in that situation.

The mayor's office issued this statement on the event: "Their homophobic beliefs are offensive, but we hope they'll become more tolerant after spending the weekend in our famously tolerant city."


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  1. I will say this. I wish our gay youth were this motivated.

    Posted by: Matt | Mar 12, 2007 1:15:31 PM

  2. I could just puke. I have several clients that belong to large-scale Christian ministry organizations, but I will be researching to find out if any of them are related to this particular organization. If so, I will send them each a business letter letting them know that I can no longer serve them as clients. This kind of stuff is just outrageous and such a sick spin. It's no less offensive than a KKK rally march through the streets of Birmingham.

    Posted by: FizziekruntNT | Mar 12, 2007 1:15:33 PM

  3. "All the stuff that's being rammed down their throats [...]" Heh! But seriously, my fundamentalist kittens, if homosexuality's so wrong and unhealthy... Just stop sucking dicks. But don't come to other people's cities and berate people who don't agree with you and your petty little god. I swear sometimes you just want to go out and hang a Christian from a tree since they wanna be so much like Jesus.

    Posted by: RSL | Mar 12, 2007 1:16:43 PM

  4. Sick. I agree with you Matt, I think young gay people don't realize the struggles that took place because they don't learn that in school like other struggles. So they take for granted what they can do now. Also, I think gay people are tired of fighting. At every turn there is a fight. It wears on them.

    Posted by: Jack! | Mar 12, 2007 1:21:18 PM

  5. Kids today I tell ya... In my day we just drank bloody marys at the Patio.

    Posted by: M | Mar 12, 2007 1:23:31 PM

  6. How sad. These poor young people are being led so far astray that in the name of love they are promoting hate. What is really a sin is denying young people the message that God is not in scripture alone but also in one's own soul. Fundametalists are taught to distrust their passions and, by extention, their compassions. These poor people are strangers to their own hearts.

    Posted by: Rascal | Mar 12, 2007 1:27:40 PM

  7. "There's lots of documentation that homosexuals have shorter life spans, and are more prone to suicide and depression..."

    Well, Jesus! I wonder why the fuck that is!?! These people are fucking sheep to their parents' idiotic dark ages mentalities.

    Posted by: Michael W. | Mar 12, 2007 1:28:39 PM

  8. it must suck to be young. whatever happened to childhood. Children today have been molded and politicized by their parents by the time they are ten years old. They are forming the armies of the right AND the left.

    Whatever happened to going out for pizza after a basketball game? Now it's all christian empowerment weekends and gay/straight aliance bake sales.


    Posted by: stolidog | Mar 12, 2007 1:32:04 PM

  9. Ugh. I'm gay & a Christian, although more & more I feel that those two aspects of my life can't live in harmony. Sadly, it's the Christianity that would have to go, since I was born gay & chose to be christian. Personally, I see absolutely no disconnect between being gay and Christian, but the increasingly vocal movement in the Christian community which preaches hatred & intolerance has made me question whether there's any validity left in the religion. When I was growing up, I was ashamed of my sexual orientation. Now that I'm an adult, I'm ashamed of being associated with what is being presented as Christian ideals. I can't help but wonder what Jesus would do. Personally, I hope what he would do is kick some ass & take some names, starting with James Dobson, Pat Robertson & all the other nut jobs that have used Christianity as a platform for personal gain by appealing to the most base traits in our characters.

    Posted by: Patroclus6 | Mar 12, 2007 1:39:17 PM

  10. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Christianity is the problem, not the solution...

    Posted by: Robert In WeHo | Mar 12, 2007 1:40:07 PM

  11. I wonder why they don't mobilize against the "harmful" sight of Paris Hilton's labia every other day. On the other hand, it's a wonder what the city expected in the wake of its gay porn day.

    Posted by: 000000 | Mar 12, 2007 1:44:17 PM

  12. Why can't these fucking Christians worship how they wish and leave the rest of us alone.

    This is going to be bad. This is the new holy war and I tell you it's going to culminate in something that will either push us all back in the closet or have us in graves.

    We have to fight them as vehemently as they are fighting against us.

    If you are a "gay Christian" leave your church, right now, leave your church and find another way to worship. Don't give these haters one more penny, one more second of your time.

    Posted by: Bobby | Mar 12, 2007 1:48:45 PM

  13. Oh whatever, Robert. Not all christians are the fundy whackjobs you see here. Try not to engage in same kind of ugly stereotyping that they're guilty of.

    Posted by: Dan | Mar 12, 2007 1:53:05 PM

  14. "...so it's not very loving of us to let them stay in that situation."

    Now, there's the rub, isn't it. They should worry more about their own salvation than ours. We're not asking for their "help".

    Posted by: anon | Mar 12, 2007 1:58:24 PM

  15. Yeah, the average lifespan of a European Jew between 1930 and 1950 really dropped off...I mean, clearly the solution was a change in lifestyle.

    Posted by: scientitian | Mar 12, 2007 2:05:38 PM

  16. Wtf? I use to be in church and got out because i was beeing kicked out. I still love god and im still will be a good person. so why beeing gay make me so bad? omg if ur going to follow the bibles rules, follow them all (divorce,abortion,ect)let see how things turn out once u put yourself im OUR shoes "u fucks". :D

    Posted by: carlos | Mar 12, 2007 2:05:52 PM

  17. Lord, save me from your followers.

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 12, 2007 2:07:46 PM

  18. how very pre-meditated of them. what cities are next? south beach? provincetown? fire island? west hollywood? chelsea? to think that they would proselytize their beliefs in one of the epicenters of gaydom just adds insult to injury. these youths are merely parroting their parents' beliefs rather than simply forming opinions of their own. talk about brain-washing. wasn't it marx who said "religion is the opiate of the masses?"

    Posted by: sean | Mar 12, 2007 2:10:08 PM

  19. I was furious when I heard about this. I saw it on the news and immediately wanted to go to Pac Bell Park and pass out fliers. I had to go into work and didn't make it but I have a feeling my worst assumptions were realized. Don't the "progressive" activists realize that they are coming here from Texas for a showdown. They want us to come with bullhorns and to scream at them while they pose as soulful victims.

    If they plan on doing this next year we need to plan far in advanced, to be as organized as they are, and to do it in a way that doesn't allow for publicity.

    ...and a message to some of the gay Christians who read this blog: There is no such thing as a Gay Christian. If you believe in the supernatural you should find another faith, because Leviticus and Duetoromony couldn't be more explicit. You shall be executed! You will spend an eternity in Hell!

    Of course Hell doesn't exist, but you know what I am saying. If you want more read "The End of Faith" by Sam Harris.

    Posted by: Paul | Mar 12, 2007 2:14:23 PM

  20. i live in san francisco. this group wasn't even a blip on the radar. it would take a lot more than some crybaby teen christians to ruin our weekend in the city.

    Posted by: stolidog | Mar 12, 2007 2:15:28 PM

  21. But, WHERE dear Dan, are all the "Christians" who are not "fundy whackjobs"? If they actually oppose this EXTREMELY DANGEROUS group which is affiliated with Falwell and Robertson [and one time, Ted Haggard], why weren't they out there in equal/larger numbers? Because, with rare exception, like UCC and the Quakers, they don't give a rat's ass about us. Oh, sure, they're less likely to be the ones attacking us literally with clubs and knives and guns, but their absence, their apathy, their silence effectively gives license to those who do.

    But there absence is less angering than that of HRC or NGLTF at these events. HRC can set up a store in the Castro to sell their shit but can't bother to mobilize in the streets where they're actually needed. [If nothing else, they might learn some marketing techniques from the antigay industry that has become HUGE business. Admission alone to the BattleCry event was $50+ and up, and then there were all the geegaws they brilliantly sell like "Branded by God" shirts. Check out their online store: https://atfstore.jacksongroup.com/]

    Our gay youth aren't to blame for their lack of similar militant activism. Once again, it's the insular and incestuous national ADULT gay group "leaders" who are too busy preaching to the choir while Luce is preaching to and brainwashing future voters and more direct gay bashers.

    Posted by: Leland | Mar 12, 2007 2:17:12 PM

  22. Well, I’m trying to figure out what all of those young women are doing there. The Bible is very clear about the role of women in society and the church.

    1 Corinthians 14:34:
    34 women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says.

    1 Timothy 2:11 -12
    11 A woman should learn in quietness and full submission
    12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.

    There is of course much more in the Bible regarding the 2nd class citizenship of women so I don’t understand why they’re not obeying the Bible.

    Posted by: Ibelievenluv | Mar 12, 2007 2:18:00 PM

  23. SF Dog, maybe you need to lay off the Stoli and pay attention to what this group is doing and wants to do which if far more serious than simply spoiling your weekend.

    Posted by: Tagg | Mar 12, 2007 2:19:58 PM

  24. LOL@IBelieveNLuv...

    Amen Brother!

    Posted by: FizziekruntNT | Mar 12, 2007 2:25:03 PM

  25. Tagg, i'm well versed in the exploits of the chirstian rigth and the fundamentalist agenda.

    That said, don't get your panties in a bunch, they were just some losers listening to crappy wanna-be rock songs.

    they're pathetic. they want aknowledgement, first and foremost. Giving it to them is counterproductive.

    Ignore them and they fail. Aknowledge them and they win.

    Posted by: stolidog | Mar 12, 2007 2:26:29 PM

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