News The Watchmen Saga Makes the Seattle Times
posted by October 16 at 13:46 PMon
“I would characterize Watchmen on the Walls as one of the most virulent anti-gay organizations we have seen in this country,” said Mark Potok, spokesman for Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil-rights organization. The center recently issued a report saying Russian-speaking Christian fundamentalists, mostly from the former Soviet Union, have formed a “ferocious anti-gay movement in the western U.S.” Its report connects Watchmen followers with fierce anti-gay protests on the West Coast and in Riga…The center points out that another Watchmen leader, Scott Lively, co-authored a book saying gay people were central in forming the Nazi Party and orchestrating the Holocaust.
Josh Friedes, advocacy director for Equal Rights Washington, which speaks on gay issues statewide, said groups like Watchmen have a right to assemble and speak.
But “we believe they promote an extremist agenda that seeks to deny gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people the most basic civil rights. And we are deeply concerned that they would be willing to accomplish this agenda through means that might include violence or intimidation.”
[Reverend Ken] Hutcherson, who will be speaking at the conference this weekend, says the movement isn’t violent. “You’re going to have extremists on any aspect on any teaching,” said Hutcherson.
Josh Friedes is right: The Watchmen do have a right to peaceful assembly. And I’m glad to know the group’s potential for violence has been duly noted by the press and Lynnwood city officials. Now we just hope for the best and watch what happens and refrain from the type of retaliatory threats that have been popping up occasionally in comments to Watchmen-related Slog posts. (Keep it legal, angry homosexuals and homosexualists.)