When it was announced that the anti-gay Mars Hill church was opening its doors in SE Portland, I figured there would be some sort of reaction, probably a demonstration, to express neighborhood support for the gay and lesbian community.
Clearly, somebody didn't think this one through. Or maybe they did, intending to look so ridiculous, mean and stupid that the local media would have no choice but to cover the story.
Black-clad demonstrators gathered in front of the Mars Hill Church in Southeast Portland this morning to protest the church's stance on homosexuality.
About 20 protesters lined Southeast Taylor Street carrying flags and shouting obscenities as church-goers left when the service ended.
"Shame on you bigots," one woman yelled at worshippers as they left. "Shame on you homophobes. You're not welcome here. You're going to burn in hell."
The hand painted sign with the strap-on graphic and brass knuckles added an extra special element of nasty.
If the point is to drive these folks out, this isn't going to do it. The Mars Hill folks are well aware of the neighborhood and what they're getting in to. This won't force them out and it won't change their opinion. In fact, I suspect shouting profanities at little kids hardens their position and reinforces all the bad notions they have of those of us who believe that gays and lesbians are entitled to the same rights and privileges as everyone else.
Those of us who support equality are better than this and we should hold ourselves to that higher standard.