Scott Lively, one of the founders of the international anti-gay hate group Watchmen on the Walls, made this statement explaining the group's violent and hateful reason for being:
We are the Watchmen on the Walls.
We are a global coalition of men and women of every race, color and nationality who believe in the superiority of the natural family and marriage between one man and one woman.
We are against cohabitation, divorce, abortion, adultery and other behaviors that weaken the marriage-based society on which civilization depends. But we are especially focused against homosexuality, because those who practice this self-destructive vice, and have organized themselves into a political movement, are the chief enemies of the natural family.
We do not promote or condone violence.
We do not apologize for opposing homosexuality because it is morally, physically, psychologically and socially wrong, unnatural and harmful. This is self-evident to the vast majority of the citizens of the world, whom we represent.
This statement was read last night at a conference the group is holding in Washington State.
I wrote about the Watchmen here and here. With each passing day, it seems as though we learn more about the group's violent anti-gay agenda and its commitment to demonizing LGBT people. The group's leaders have called homosexuality a disease and liken LGBT people to alcoholics.
We view homosexuals like we view alcoholics: unfortunate people trapped in a bad lifestyle. Like alcoholics, they should have the right, if they reject therapy, to enjoy privacy in their own homes. But they should not be allowed to publicly recruit others to their lifestyle. Pubic advocacy of homosexuality should be, like public drunkenness, culturally discouraged to minimize its impact on society.
Lively says that the group does not condone violence, yet in July Russian immigrants believe to be associated with the Watchmen murdered a 26 year old gay man in Sacramento, CA. In Latvia, the Watchmen are known for presiding over anti-gay rallies where gays and lesbians are pelted with bags of excrement.
It's critical that we call a spade a spade and label the Watchmen a hate group committed to terrorizing the LGBT community. Elected officials, the LGBT community and our straight allies must stand up against this perversion of Christianity before more people are attacked and possibly killed.
Much love: Slog