News Lynnwood Hosts International Anti-Gay Extremists
posted by October 11 at 9:42 AMon
Yesterday on Slog I posted a link to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s report on “the furious anti-gay movement in Latvia, [which] has spilled over into the United States,” and is intimately connected with local anti-gay warrior Ken Hutcherson.
At the center of the report is an “international extremist anti-gay movement whose adherents call themselves the Watchmen on the Walls”:
The Watchmen portray the battle against gay rights as nothing less than a biblical clash of civilizations. “The homosexual sexual ethic” and “family-based society” are at war, [anti-gay activist and leading Watchman Scott] Lively proclaimed in his letter to The Washington Times. “One must prevail at the expense of the other.”
As readers pointed out in the comments, later this month, the Watchmen on the Walls will hold an international meeting to plot their war against homosexuals and “homosexualists” (straight people who are sympathetic to gay people) at the Lynnwood Convention Center. Calls made yesterday to the Convention Center revealed administrators’ ignorance of what they were getting themselves into.
As featured Watchmen speaker Pastor Alexey Ledyaev put it, the Watchmen’s mission is “to bring the laws of our nations in[to] full compliance with the law of God.” This Taliban-esque mission is made more alarming by the anti-gay violence that tends to swarm around Watchmen events.
The Watchmen conference scheduled for October 19-21 at the Lynnwood Convention Center will feature a number of prominent Latvian anti-gay warriors, along with the Northwest’s own Pastor Ken Hutcherson. Correct me if I’m wrong, but foreigners coming to America with the purpose of doing harm to Americans are traditionally called terrorists, and the Watchmen conference seems like the last thing the City of Lynnwood would want to align itself with.
If you agree, please consider sharing your feelings with Lynnwood officials.
City Hall: 425-775-1971
Mayor’s Office: 425-670-6613
City Administrator: 425-670-6615
Email addresses can be found here.
UPDATE: Original Andrew writes in the comments:
Instead of contacting people in Lynnwood, whose refusal to host the event could open the city to a lawsuit on first amendment grounds, why not contact US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)?
As twisted and complex as it is to legally enter and reside in this country, I guarantee that someone’s papers aren’t in order. If they want trouble, let’s give trouble back.