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

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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. There is a gay subculture which glorifies unprotected, multiple partner sex. (There's a straight subculture which does the same, but they're not particularly well integrated.) Some of the people who go to Southern Decadence do so precisely because there are a lot of people concentrated together who want that kind of risky sex. Not everyone who goes is looking for that though.

    The existence of this subculture and events like Southern Decadence probably contribute somewhat to the high levels of new HIV infections in young gay people. However, ignorance, feelings of invulnerability, and bad judgement likely play a larger role, and do so in both homosexual and heterosexual communities (how many unintended pregnancies are there per year?). The reason HIV risks are higher among gay people is also in large part due to the mechanics of gay sex: both partners can penetrate and ejaculate in each other, which is hard to do in straight sex.

    So my message: don't like events like Southern Decadence? Don't go, and feel free to persuade your friends not to go either. Concerned about HIV risk? Educate people, either just among your friends or as a volunteer with an organization that does outreach to schools, colleges, and other area. Don't stigmatize and judge and hurl epithets at people, and especially not based on events they go to. If you're trying to get people to change their behavior, such tactics are just not effective. If you're trying to be a jerk though...

    Posted by: Eric | Sep 3, 2012 6:00:18 PM


  2. REligious freedom gave us , from various countries and times,

    the holocaust by the vatican who hated Jews for a millenia and set up the foundations of the mass murder

    The xtian crusades (actually catholic - they had murdered most of the 'heretics"

    9-11

    the "holy" Inwuisition of torture and burnings

    it goes on and on . Religion is about power and money

    Mary was virgin?

    She was raped by a roman soldier - in a society where women were stoned to death for sex outside of marriage

    she put her butt in a lake of warm water where sperm can survives for several days, always with one goal in mind
    BTW some swiming pool managers put speracide in the water

    She sold herself


    Jesus gave sight back to the blind - who actually had pscychological trauma that can make you think you are blind, but if you are led to an obstacle course, you if under this trauma, will inherently miss all the obstacles, walking around them

    Jesus came back to life - Well, we still, with modern med technology, send a handful of heart beating lungs breathing dead people to the funeral home

    the reason so many religions are evil is that they know its BS in their deep dark heart but want the money and power and prestige

    Consider catholic cardinals - a set of hteir dress and other paraphenalia costs about 30,000$
    T

    Posted by: billyWingartenson | Sep 3, 2012 6:33:31 PM


  3. Hahaha it's so funny to see people who think Southern Decadence is an embarrassment for us. You're clearly not from New Orleans, nor have you spent enough time there :P

    laissez les bon temps rouler

    Posted by: Coffee&Chicory | Sep 3, 2012 6:35:08 PM


  4. LOL. Looks like the gays got the last laugh in this situation!

    Goes to show that, as most already knew, that these anti-gays who say they don't hate gays and simply "disagree with the lifestyle" in fact are very much hateful. These people go out of their way to attack us when we don't do that to them. Oh well, their desperate actions knowing they're becoming outnumbered is almost entertaining to watch.

    Posted by: Francis | Sep 3, 2012 6:56:29 PM


  5. Bravo, New Orleans Police Department. Great scene of hateful fundamentalists being broken up by officers on horseback.

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderale | Sep 3, 2012 6:57:25 PM


  6. There is a God and God is bisexual and loves us all, as a gay Christian I approve of the police arresting these religious fanatics who try to force what they think on others. Sex is not a sin, gay or straight sex is between the people who love each other and it is not anybodies business but the people who are consenting to have sex, it is not the business of religion or governments or fanatics who think that it is. Thank God justice is being done to stop these religious terrorist who think our sex life is their business. What sex two or more consenting adults have is their business and nobody else.

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 3, 2012 10:28:47 PM


  7. Welcome to Americas South.. where the clansmen are alive and well . They jut re-branded themselves as " Conservative Christians " New name , same hate . They are all Mouth breathing , knuckle dragging , adult children with nothing going for themselves in life ... working at Walmart and the local garage

    Posted by: MarkBoston | Sep 3, 2012 11:46:49 PM


  8. Little Kiwi is alive. Why hasn't he commented on the Muslim atrocities committed in the name of Allah against that innocent Christian girl in Pakistan. Can you just imagine the hysterical rants he would have posted if the atrocities had been committed by a Catholic Priest or any Euro-American type white guy. Alas, Little Kiwi who accuses all his opponents of having no BALLS, HAS NO BALLS.

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 4, 2012 12:00:41 AM


  9. Little Kiwi, you are alive. When I didn't see any of your intollerant rants against the Muslims who are persecuting that young Christian girl in Pakistan, I thought you may have died. I guess it is just a case of no BALLS. Why are you so fearfull of criticizing the barbarism of ISLAM? Don't be so timid.

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 4, 2012 12:15:59 AM


  10. Why is Little Kiwi so fearful of criticizing Islam? No Balls perhaps?

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 4, 2012 12:24:41 AM


  11. @Mike: do you really believe that the creator of the billion gallaxy universe ( if there is in fact one) is limited by your silly earthly notions of sexuality? How absurd!

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 4, 2012 12:39:20 AM


  12. I wonder if they also mean straight people who engage in "homo sex." They do, you know -- and probably not.

    Posted by: Nino | Sep 4, 2012 1:15:37 AM


  13. Come on Little Kiwi we need you to tear these Muslim bigots a new a$$hole, like you do white Christian bigots. Why are you silent? Your people await your infallible pronouncements.

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 4, 2012 1:24:54 AM


  14. hey that's great news. i'm all for free speech and the right to protest, but when you do it aggressively, that's not allowed. glad NOLA finally is cracking down on it.

    Posted by: william | Sep 4, 2012 7:56:56 AM


  15. Is it true that Porno Pete missed this opportunity to enjoy himself?

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Sep 4, 2012 8:52:33 AM


  16. While I'm sure this ordinance has the support of every major bar and business downtown, it's probably unconstitutional. Time and place restrictions on protests cannot be overly broad, nor target particular categories of speech unless there is a public safety concern. It does not matter what people think about the virtues of the law.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 4, 2012 10:13:06 AM


  17. Kiwi and others are going to hate hearing this, but the reason this law was passed was because people like me have confronted these kooks at Mardi Gras directly and physically and the police in New Orleans were afraid that the tipping point had been reached where full-scale violent attacks on them would begin to materialize.

    At the last Mardi Gras, I saw a couple of guys "ramming into" these groups with their shoulders and I challenged several of them to start a fight with me and see what the consequences ended up being.

    Alas, other than me and one or two others, most of the guys going after them were....straight.....

    By the way, you "good liberals" might want to make note of the fact that half of the eight have Spanish names.......and I have noticed that Hispanic immigrants, most of them no doubt illegal, have formed an increasingly large percentage of the members of these groups over the last few years.....so this is one of the consequences of letting these people into the country, whether you want to acknowledge it or not.....

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 4, 2012 11:52:47 AM


  18. Southern Decadence is NOT a gay event - it has only been co-opted around the 90's by lame corporate sponsorship. It was always meant as an excuse for downtown friends, GAY AND STRAIGHT, to dress up for no particular reason and have a blast. If you look past the boring shirtless throngs, you will see all the NOLA freaks in costume, who are more creative than as to wear a store bought leather harness.

    Posted by: Mr. McGinnis | Sep 4, 2012 11:57:47 AM


  19. "Welcome to Americas South.. where the clansmen are alive and well . They jut re-branded themselves as " Conservative Christians " New name , same hate . They are all Mouth breathing , knuckle dragging , adult children with nothing going for themselves in life ... working at Walmart and the local garage"

    @MARKBOSTON


    Rolando Igleasias, Cesar Chavez, Danny Guevera, Montes Diego....

    Yeah, Mark, classic names for white Southerners and Klansmen, right?

    And if you knew anything at all about New Orleans, you would know that it is and has always been the antithesis of the Bible Belt that surrounds it.

    But instead, you demonstrate precisely the kind of ignorance and condescension that makes white Southerners and people in the Heartland in general despise New Englanders, especially "Massholes".

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 4, 2012 12:04:31 PM


  20. It's about time! More cities need to have ordinances like they do in New Orleans to keep these wierdos from attacking others. It's not "freedom of speech" ... they are actually spreading hate and inciting violence against other human beings.

    Glad their names were posted. Good to know who these FAKE christians really are.

    Posted by: FunMe | Sep 4, 2012 1:35:53 PM


  21. The New Orleans law has a good chance of being thrown out if contested in court, as it bans certain types of expression - religious, political, or social messages according the report above, but not other types of messages. If you have similarly sized and colored signs that said, "Eat at Joe's", you'd be allowed to carry those around under New Orleans' ordinance. Generally, if you target one type of expression, instead of noise or some other impact in general, you end up losing in court.

    If the law simply said, "no bullhorns between sunrise and sunset," that would be OK and would substantially mitigate the problem these "Christians" are causing.

    One thing I found curious about the video - some of the signs had the same wording as ones used by these nuts to protest the San Francisco gay-pride parade. Either these nuts travel around, or they are sharing the designs for their signs, or they have an organization that manufactures the signs for them. Does anyone know which it is?

    Posted by: Bill | Sep 4, 2012 2:07:50 PM


  22. Why don't they head to Chicago and protest the fact that dozens of people are being shot every single weekend? Many killed every single weekend this summer...is it like that in other urban areas as well? Why can't they protest something that really needs protesting, like the murders of dozens of innocents...children, grandmothers, little old men? It's safer in Afghanistan, for God's sake! No, they are too concerned with what two grown men do in their own bedroom. Yeah, that's smart.

    Posted by: millerbeach | Sep 5, 2012 12:11:48 AM


  23. Good. Glad to see some of these yahoos finding out there are sometimes consequences for being obnoxious and hateful.

    Posted by: Matt | Sep 10, 2012 4:04:06 PM


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