Skip to comments.Christians Attacked by Gays in Castro District, San Francisco
Posted on 11/17/2008 7:01:17 AM PST by erkyl
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I went to the Castro (the homosexual district of San Francisco) with JHOPSF (I have been with the Justice House of Prayer San Francisco since April 2008.) like we usually do on Friday nights. Normally, we sit on 18th and Castro, and someone plays the guitar, and we all worship God. Often times people will be drawn to us, even if only for curiosity of what we're doing, so we get to talk to them, and tell them about the Love of Jesus Christ. On rare occasions, when the Holy Spirit clearly guides one of us (Usually a leader, probably Roger), one person will open-air preach for a little bit.
Sometimes a person will yell at us, or maybe a few. Sometimes people will ignore us. Sometimes people will let us pray with them. We get different responses from different people each time, but the Lord always meets us there.
This time was not a normal night. It was the first time we'd been back in the Castro to do our normal outreach since California Proposition 8, which defined marriage as "one man with one woman" was passed. Apparently, previously, someone at a no on 8 rally singled out Promised Land Fellowship (The church that we attend), and specifically the team they send out to the Castro on Friday nights (Us) as being affiliated with the yes on 8 campaign (Which is partially true. All the individuals involved with the Castro Outreach were involved with the yes on 8 campaign, but mostly in prayer. However, the Castro Outreach isn't about Gay marriage, or politics - it's about Jesus Christ.).
We played the guitar and sang together and worshiped the Lord. Nobody preached. Nobody even really talked to anyone except for a little bit near the beginning. After just singing and worshiping God for a while, Roger decided that we should all hold hands in a circle and continue singing. So we did.
Someone (Actually a person who came up and hugged and kissed some of us who he knew from the past and was asking us how we were doing) convinced some people that we were there to protest against the no on 8 campaign. Then some guy who was dressed up like one of the sisters (The sisters of perpetual indulgence is a group of men who dress up in drag like nuns and call themselves the spiritual authority of the Castro.) took a curtain-type thing (Which I think they use to curse people) and wrapped it around us.
Then a crowd started gathering. We began to sing "Amazing Grace", and basically sang that song the whole night. (At some points we also sang "Nothing but the Blood of Jesus" and "Oh the Blood of Jesus".)
At first, they just shouted at us, using crude, rude, and foul language and calling us names like "haters" and "bigots". Since it was a long night, I can't even begin to remember all of the things that were shouted and/or chanted at us.
Then, they started throwing hot coffee, some people got it in their faces, soda and alcohol on us and spitting (and maybe even peeing) on us. Then, a group of guys surrounded us with whistles, and blasted them inches away from our ears continually.
Then, they started getting violent and started shoving us. We just gathered in as tight as we could together and worshiped singing Amazing Grace. At one point a man tried to steal one of our Bibles. Chrisdene noticed, so she walked up to him and said "Hey, that's not yours, can you please give it back?". He responded by hitting her on the head with the Bible, shoving her to the ground, and kicking her. I called the cops, and when they got there, they pulled her out of the circle and asked her if she wanted to press charges. She said "No, tell him I forgive him." Afterwards, she didn't rejoin us in the circle, but she made friends with one of the people in the crowd, and really connected heart to heart.
Roger got death threats. As the leader of our group, people looked him in the eyes and said "I am going to kill you.", and they were serious. A cop heard one of them, and confronted him.
(This part is kinda graphic, so you should skip the paragraph if you don't want to be offended.) It wasn't long before the violence turned to perversion. They were touching and grabbing me, and trying to shove things in my butt, and even trying to take off my pants - basically trying to molest me. I used one hand to hold my pants up, while I used the other arm to hold one of the girls. The guys huddled around all the girls, and protected them.
Soon after, the cops came and stood between us and the mob. When it was getting more heated, the cops were like "You guys should leave." because it was getting harder to protect us. and Roger said "We want to stay." Then he said if you want to get out you have to get out now.
Someone tried to steal my backpack, but I tapped a cop on the shoulder, and said "Hey, that's my bag." and he got it from him and gave it to me. Others weren't so lucky. Probably half our team got their jackets stolen.
Eventually, as the crowd was getting more and more uncontrollable, the cops were afraid for our lives, so they escorted us to our van. (The cops were very nice to us from start to finish.) Our van was parked pretty far because it was hard to find parking that day. As the cops escorted us, the mob followed us, until the cops formed a line, and held off the people so we could drive away. We took the long way home, just in case anyone tried to follow us.
When we got home, we prayed and sang more, and then prayed over each-other.The whole experience made me love, and brought me closer to God, and my friends, and the people in the Castro, as well as the church in general, and the lost in general.
Please know my heart. All of what we do is for the Love of Jesus Christ, and the love for those in the Castro. The Bible says to love God, and then love people. We can only love because He loved us first. We can't hate the people because they are just broken and blinded by the spirit of this age. Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against Principalities and Powers. It's not a political thing, we just love the people. 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.". It really is all about God's mercy. He desires mercy over judgment. He desires for all to be saved.
One of the things that I remember them chanting was "Shame on you.". One of our girls later pointed out how, in some weird way, it's a privilege for us, because we know that Jesus bore all our shame, and all our transgressions on the cross, so it's kinda like taking on their shame, so we can cast it onto Jesus.
This is the raw footage of the walk from 18th and Castro Street to our car. It was only the very tail end of the night and says that we were all about prop8... when in reality we had nothing to do with prop 8 this night.
May the Holy Lord God Almighty, Who Was, Who Is, and Who Is To Come, be glorified, now and forevermore. Amen. -Daniel-
Thank you for praying for us, and more for this people in the Castro. We have found ourselves even more broken over them. We love you!
It is only the beginning.
Wow. Talk about walking through the Valley of the Shadow of Death; I will fear no evil.
Read the book of Revelation. One of these days God will take a flamethrower to San Fransicko.
I admit, my reaction would not have been so passive, but then these good people are wanting to continue to reach out to the community. If she had pressed charges, she probably felt she would have lost her chance to ever reach anyone there. On the other hand, it seems to me the cops should have been able to arrest them on something, (disorderly, attempted theft, endangerment) without having someone actually ‘press charges.’
sorry to hear
did anyone take a camera or a video recorder?.
it is important next time you go and I hope you do go as intimidation should not be rewarded.
Have a cell phone as well so when you see the first name call the cops ASAP
you have a right to religious freedom and a free speech
these are clearly defined in the constitution, their pervertedness is not. You have a right they do not and the woman should have pressed charges as they will only do it again.
letting him get away with this will only make him more bolder to the next victim.
Is there any guy who you know who can fight back whether in your family , friends , church or neighbors.
Sometimes if all else fails one has to defend ones self. I can tell you that you have more patience than men in that situation
quite ironic that they call and shout hate bigot and yet they are the ones who are showing hate, bigotry and intolerance.
What is the message here - that homosexuality is incompatible with Christ and His message?
I fear we are in for even more violent acts.
sorry but you are not reaching out to that community, they have so much hate and intolerance you are wasting your time with them,
Hopefully you will press charges, you will fight back and you will get it on camera as they will become more and more boulder with their hate.
Keep up the good work but some people unreachable, but do not let them scare you away from there.
you are a threat to them and their sexual perverted mind and lifestyle do not give in
The video is chilling:
If you click on the link, there is some news video footage to the right of the article.
Can you imagine if this had happened to a group of Obama supporters prior to the election by a bunch of McCain supporters? Or if it had been a group of Muslims peacefully assembling together who were being attacked by a group of Christian extremists? Or if it had been a group of Gays/Lesbians who were being attacked by a group of skinheads? First, the attackers would have all been hauled into jail; second, it would have been all over the news; and third, the attackers would have been portrayed as the wrong-doers and the bad ones. Instead, the news reporters try to make this about Prop 8, when the Christian group has been doing this outreach for months. The attackers made it about Prop 8.
Christians (and conservatives) are the only group in America who can be persecuted and maligned in the press and ‘deserve it.’
Well, she did go where the Sinners are. But you are talking about a place where they had hedonistic sex until all their bodily fluids became a deadly poison, which they then claimed Civil Rights for.
Man, you just know the world has turned upside down when a bunch of Christians singing about Christ in the street are labelled haters and bigots.
It's been happening since Christ walked on Earth, nothing new under the sun.
Some of my homosexual friends who used to be the most peaceful, loving, non-confrontational, are now very angry and aggressive about this, a complete personality change. They see this as (to quote them) their own fight against apartheid. They honestly believe this is a discrimination against them no different than racial discrimination.
How do you fight that? They have themselves convinced they are being treated as a lower class of human. The old days of being able to even chat about it have gone out the window.
True. I guess I just didn't see it for what it was. My eyes are now wide open, I have this site to thank for it.
I agree and this is why we have to fight back now, we get all of this on camera, send it in to the media local and national.
We get it on you tube etc and we get it out why the police and those who are eelcted are not taking notice, why are they not being charged with hate crimes?
We have sat here for far too long and what this prop 8 has shown is that we all come togehter we can beat the homo machine all the time now.
You go out there and do what you think is right, ask a journalist to go with you undercover.
Idiot. If this creep didn't ask forgiveness then all she's doing is enabling the behavior. She's also extremely unfamiliar with the Christian doctrine of forgiveness.
I'll go so far as to say she's a p*** poor Christian.
Unless and until someone truly repents of their behavior and asks forgivenenss no Christian is required to offer it.
The proper Christian response to this mob is a good ass-kicking.
They are not being discriminated against—they have all the rights to enter into a civil, contractual arrangement with each other that protects their property, their medical wishes, even their expectations regarding fidelity. They want to change the meaning of a word to encompass something it cannot. Marriage is defined as a holy union between a man and a woman.
Sex has always had its perversions. But for most people, at least for now, they wish to keep the sanctity of the definition for marriage. I’m proud of Christians, black and white, for standing up this time. We failed to do so in 1973 when Roe v. Wade passed, and we have been sliding down that slippery slope ever since. We must continue to stand firm on these principles or we will lose them all.
I know that, you know that, but they don’t see it that way and you can’t reason with them.
The only thing that has even come close to working is pointing out that they are asking for the right to let ‘big brother’ know their sexual orientation and have a list of who is gay... the privacy issue does spook them.
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