Be tolerant or we will beat you into submission!
July 5, 2013
Seattle Pridefest marchers viciously attacked a Christian street preacher, pummeling him in the back of the head and kicking him in the ribs as he knelt in pain on the ground.
WARNING: Strong language and violence in following videos.
As revealed in the disturbing video, two Christian street preachers stood near a gay pride march, one holding a large sign and the other one clutching a Bible.
The sign did not make any targeted, inflammatory statements against any particular group.
But several of the marchers did not care.
A heavy-set man and a woman broke off from the march to confront the preachers. The preacher in the “Trust Jesus” t-shirt tried to block the initial shoving with his Bible.
Both preachers attempted to retreat from conflict.
A short man knocked down the preacher holding the sign, taking it away from him as the heavy-set man sucker punched the preacher in the head.
The short man showed no mercy as he kicked the now-down preacher in the ribs.
After the brutal assault on both the preachers and free speech, two police officers walked towards the quickly fleeing attackers.
According to Life Site News, the officers did arrest 36-year-old Jason Queree as well as an additional suspect.
This violent attack is similar to an incident at Pride 2012 in Toronto where activists verbally and physically assaulted (with a water bottle) a microphone-welding street preacher who kept his composure the entire time.
At one point the preacher even offered to hand his microphone over to his opposition.
“If anyone wants to have a respectful conversation one by one, I’m going to lend the mike and we’re going to go back and forth,” he said. “Is that a deal?”
After the first lady spoke her differing opinion to the preacher through his microphone, Officer Adams with the Toronto police walked up to him.
“You’re causing a disturbance right now,” he said to the preacher. “Guys, everybody, by staying and listening to it, you’re helping him get his message out.”
The preacher accused Adams of taking sides.
“I’m telling my religion,” he said. “Is there something wrong with that?”
Officer Pasini came to aid Adams and told the preacher he was “promoting hate words.”
“Pack it up,” Adams said near the end of the recorded footage.
Regardless of the views expressed by participants in both of these incidents, people should never incite violence against those engaging in free speech.
The freedom of expression is a right. Like any other inalienable right, it should never be suppressed.