“They’re loud, they’re obnoxious, they’re disgusting, and they should get out of San Francisco.” That’s what San Francisco Assemblyman Mark Leno told a crowd protesting against a Christian youth rally. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “Battle Cry for a Generation is led by a 44-year-old Concord native, Ron Luce, who wants ‘God’s instruction book’ to guide young people away from the corrupting influence of popular culture.” The Chronicle editorialized, “The irony was obviously lost on the clueless San Francisco supervisors when they passed a resolution warning that a Christian youth gathering could ‘negatively influence the politics of America’s most tolerant and progressive city.'”
yeah, tolerance and progressive – very relative to perspective, huh?
Come on Mark Leno, let’s be fair. Activist groups of all kinds of met in your city and if the KKK is marching in your streets, don’t even accuse this Christian youth rally as a form of hate-speech.
Regardless of how one might feel towards Christianity, culture, social issues, this is attempted censorship.
With the exception of Christ Himself, I do not stand behind everything anyone says, including Ron Luce, (the president of Teen Mania Ministries that run these events). I am certain that I would have passionate disagreements with some people that gathered for this cause such as the lady who says, “same-sex marriage ‘is another sign of the end of times,’ said Sherilyn David, referring to the apocalypse that some fundamentalist Christians believe is foretold in Scripture.” But standing in the same room as her is this guy saying “I’m not here to hate anybody,” Scott Thompson said. “This isn’t about Bush or gays or anything other than being here to worship together.”
Just like anyone (including Christians) should not label all those in San Francisco with this lady, “I moved here to get away from people like you”, others should not label Christians either. In any case, this is not hate-speech, it’s not intolerance, but it’s ironic that some find it untolerable.