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Nine Anti-Gay Street Preachers Arrested at New Orleans Southern Decadence Celebration: VIDEO


Nine men have been arrested for anti-gay street preaching against celebrants at New Orleans' annual Southern Decadence weekend, the Times Picayune reports:

Patrick O'Connell, 45, Rolando Igleasias, 31, Cesar Chavez, 22, Daniel Hoogerhuis, 26, Danny Guevera, 20, Larry Craft, 52, Montes Diego, 32 and Gary Brown, 33 were arrested on suspicion of aggressive solicitation, a city law passed last October.

The ordinance prohibits "any person or group of persons to loiter or congregate on Bourbon Street for the purpose of disseminating any social, political or religious message between the hours of sunset and sunrise."

Another man was arrested for attempting to assault an officer.

New Orleans police spokesman Frank Robertson said the men were previously warned not to use bullhorns, but did not comply. Casey Kolosky, a bouncer at Tropical Isle, said the preachers were making slurs against gays and also mentioned Hurricane Katrina victims.


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  1. "Why are you oppressing our religious freedom?!"

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 3, 2012 1:20:23 PM

  2. How is that oppressing religious freedom? You do not have a fundamental right to protest during the hours of sunset and sunrise. The city of New Orleans does not have to surpass some heighten level of scrutiny here. The interest here can just be, we want to keep the peace during times there is a significant amount of alcoholic beverages being consumed. :-)

    Posted by: GLAW2014 | Sep 3, 2012 1:32:54 PM

  3. Nobody is oppressing anyone's religious freedom. You have your right to practice your religious freedom anywhere you like. And the city of New Orleans has the right to protect their economic helalth, and quite frankly, the economic impact of the Southern Decadence weekend is measured at nearly $100 million. We (gays) spend money, and lots of it. The city will protect us. Deal with it, because you can preach all you want but this battle will always be won by the people who live and let live and mind their own business and spend money to help this city.

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 3, 2012 1:34:04 PM

  4. Events such as Southern Decadence are an embarrassment to the gay community. It's no wonder many heterosexuals think gay life revolves around sexual activity.

    Posted by: ? | Sep 3, 2012 1:35:15 PM

  5. Cool. I hate aggressive street pamphleteers. I wish the Planned Parenthood and various 'Green' so-called advocates who manage to find locations on crowded sidewalks for their aggressive in-your-face attitude were also arrested. You want to get the OK from a city/town for setting up a public location to advocate for your cause, fine, just as long as it's in a discreet location, not on a crowded sidewalk or intersection. People shouldn't have have to walk a gauntlet when going about their business on a public sidewalk or street.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 3, 2012 1:36:52 PM

  6. ?, stop blaming the folks at Southern Decadence for the fact that your family loathes being related to you.

    This is no embarrassment to the gay community, the only thing that is embarrassing are the cowardly grown adult gay men who continue to live every day in crippling fear of "what straight people are thinking!"

    man up and stop being such a little boy.

    the only heterosexuals who cling to anti-gay bigotry are in NO WAY affected by things like southern decadence - no amount of "suitable for stupid bigotty idiot" portrayals or examples of gay people will ever change their minds. learn that, or kindly stfu.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 3, 2012 1:45:56 PM

  7. By condemning my actions because some religion told them it is a sin, they are oppressing my civil freedom.

    Posted by: trees | Sep 3, 2012 1:52:26 PM

  8. Good. It's about damn time they started arresting those assholes. These "christian" people are the same ones that scream obscenities at PFLAG moms. Some "christians".

    Posted by: Doc Marten | Sep 3, 2012 1:59:44 PM

  9. "Events such as Southern Decadence are an embarrassment to the gay community. It's no wonder many heterosexuals think gay life revolves around sexual activity."

    Right, becuase heterosexuals never openly celebrate their own sexuality. It's not like there are porn shops and strip clubs all over the place, heterosexual sex portrayed graphically in movies, heterosexual attraction used pervasively in ad imagery, sex and adultery as the plots of half the literature and television, and on and on. No, heterosexuals hardly show *any* interest in sex at all! /snark

    Posted by: John Equality | Sep 3, 2012 2:07:18 PM

  10. heterosexual pornography has resulted in numerous TV shows - we have shows celebrating what it is to be a Playboy Bunny.

    there's a restaurant chain that exists encouraging young men to ogle and objectify females.

    we aint the ones who are overly-sexualized, but i understand that for some of the weak-minded gays out there is a real fear toward gay men who don't make apologies for who and what they are.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 3, 2012 2:11:34 PM

  11. Oldie, but a goodie, if Steve was truly serious with his comment:


    Posted by: kp05 | Sep 3, 2012 2:31:36 PM

  12. "This is no embarrassment to the gay community"

    Keep dreaming, buddy. Young gay men ages 20-24 are the nation's most at-risk group for HIV infection. Why do you think that is? After all, this is the year 2012 and we live in the age of information. One would think they would know better.
    Might it have anything to do with the fact that they are exposed to copious displays of sexual activity within the gay community?

    Posted by: ? | Sep 3, 2012 2:33:50 PM

  13. go li'l kiwi. such a stud :-).

    i agree with u.

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Sep 3, 2012 2:34:51 PM

  14. "After all, this is the year 2012 and we live in the age of information."

    If we live in the age of information, you obviously haven't taken much advantage of any of it.

    Posted by: FML | Sep 3, 2012 2:38:45 PM

  15. FML,
    I'm middle aged, yet I've never been infected with a terminal STD. I must be doing something right.

    Posted by: ? | Sep 3, 2012 2:46:55 PM

  16. Gotta love my home town of NOLA to have a law like this!

    No party-poopers allowed!
    Laissez les bons temps rouler!

    Posted by: KevinVT | Sep 3, 2012 3:04:19 PM

  17. Oh, those poor guys! They desperately wanted to be there, to make the scene at Bourbon Street during Southern Decadence, but they had to go in under the cover of Jesus! Now, thanks to the law, the best they can hope for is to be kept overnight in the same cell, with really tight quarters, where you can't help but rub up against your comrade in arms, your fellow crusader for Jesus! What happens in the overnight holding pen, stays in the overnight holding pen! Yippee, Praise the Lord! Homo Sex is Sin, unless you just can't help it!

    Posted by: i could go on, but I won't | Sep 3, 2012 3:22:11 PM

  18. "Young gay men ages 20-24 are the nation's most at-risk group for HIV infection. Why do you think that is?"

    In general, 20 to 24 year old heterosexuals, bisexuals, and gays believe they are immortal. Young men that age take many chances. Just watch them drive.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Sep 3, 2012 3:43:00 PM

  19. If that's all there is to the ordinance, it's not close to constitutional. And that's true no matter how obnoxious and wrongheaded the "preachers" are.

    Posted by: Steve Scarborough | Sep 3, 2012 3:52:30 PM

  20. Steve, up at the top, used quotations as a conversational tool to convey sarcasm. Note the punctuation framing the sentence.

    Posted by: David | Sep 3, 2012 4:08:04 PM

  21. Cesar Chavez, Che Guevara, Jose Cuervo! Puta padre. Damn latin clergy all up in the grills of those partyin' bitches. Well, I guess it's better than nailing kids in the vestibule.

    Posted by: Otkon | Sep 3, 2012 4:48:17 PM

  22. O'Connell, Igleasias, Chavez, Hoogerhuis, Guevera, Craft, Diego, and Gary Brown...this sounds like the cast listing from the cover of a porn movie.

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | Sep 3, 2012 4:49:46 PM

  23. big opportunity missed by us. we needed a sign held up next to the one in the photo, written as such: "Homo sex is a sin. a Deliciously Decadent, sinfully satisfying sin."

    Posted by: vwdavy | Sep 3, 2012 5:00:46 PM

  24. I wish Texas had similar laws. Here in Dallas we get gangs of people identifying as "Christians" who harass people as they walk around in the gay neighborhood. The police allow them to stay as long as they want.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Sep 3, 2012 5:02:01 PM

  25. Note to the guy in orange carrying the sign: Your outfit is a sin.

    Posted by: trees | Sep 3, 2012 5:49:38 PM

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