Church of Christian Liberty in Arlington Heights, Illinois was host to a banquet planned by Americans for Truth about Homosexuality in which they were honoring Dr Scott Lively, author of The Pink Swastika and pro-family activist. The intent of the banquet was to uncover the agenda used by homosexuals to get their sinful lifestyle accepted by society.
Prior to the banquet, several chunks of concrete were hurled through the church’s windows. A note attached to one of the pieces of concrete read:
“Quit the homophobic s—!”
On the evening of the banquet, security cameras at the school run by the church, caught vandals hurling more chunks of concrete through the entryway doors of the school. Scrawled on one of the pieces of concrete was the message:
“Shut down Lively”
Another piece of concrete carried a note attached which read:
“This is just a sample of what we will do if you don’t shut down Scott Lively and AFTAH. F— Scott Lively. Quit the homophobic s—!”
The church and school have hosted other events in the past where members of the Gay Liberation Network protested outside. At this event, the protesters spat on Christians attending the event and threatened them with physical violence, but no arrests were ever made.
More recently, Pastor Paul Blair of Fairview Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, spoke out at a city council hearing and started receiving threatening phone calls in less than twenty-four hours.
The city council was discussing plans that would create a special class or status to protect gays, lesbians and transgender people. If passed, the provision is to be added the city’s anti-discrimination policy.
Pastor Blair challenged members of the city council to justify such actions when at the present, there hadn’t been any cause or need to protect one group of people over another. He also told the council that homosexuality was against what the Bible taught and that should further preclude any thought of giving them a special status and protection.
At 4:12am the next morning, the first threatening call came into the church with subsequent calls following over the next few hours:
“I have committed homicide more than one time and in more than one state – and yet have not been caught or charged. Think about that.”
“I will be coming to visit you at 1230 North Sooner Road. I will be seeing you, bringing you something.”
“I will be coming to see you at 1230 North Sooner Road.”
“I suggest you listen to this message clearly. A (muffled) has been placed on your property in the building, as well as some visitors will be visiting Pastor Blair at his residence. This is just to let you know. Thank you. Detonate it, detonate.”
There were more messages left on the church’s voice mail, but they were so vulgar and profane that the report I read would not reprint them. Pastor Blair reported the calls to police who claim they are investigating the matter, but as yet, no arrests have been made. The pastor refuses to step back from his stand on what the Bible says about homosexuality being an abomination and a sin.
Had any of these things occurred at a homosexual event or office, it would have been labeled a hate crime and the police would have taken immediate measures to pursue the perpetrators. Or if this occurred at a Muslim mosque it would be a hate crime and swift action taken.
But since the target of the attacks and threats are merely Christian churches and leaders, the incidents have not been labeled as a hate crime nor do the police in each case seem to be treating the offences as being a serious matter. It’s sad to see the deterioration of Christianity in America and how it is the only religion that those professing tolerance can’t tolerate.