San Francisco: Intolerant of Christians
More than 25,000 evangelical Christian youth landed Friday in San Francisco for a two-day rally at AT&T Park against “the virtue terrorism” of popular culture, and they were greeted by an official city condemnation and a clutch of protesters who said their event amounted to a “fascist mega-pep rally.”Just what is wrong with any of this?
“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.
That’s bad news to Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, who told counterprotesters at City Hall on Friday that while such fundamentalists may be small in number, “they’re loud, they’re obnoxious, they’re disgusting, and they should get out of San Francisco.”
Luce didn’t flinch in the face of the counterprotest. The author, host of the “Acquire the Fire TV” cable television program and a President Bush appointee to a federal anti-drug-abuse commission, wants teens to find Bible-based solutions for the spread of sexually transmitted disease, teen pregnancy, drug abuse and suicide.
The villains, Luce said, range from the promiscuity and “sexualization” of young people on MTV and the popular online meeting hub MySpace.com to a corporate culture that spends millions trying to woo the under-21 crowd.
Battle Cry will try to bring them back to God through two days of religious rockers, speakers and the debut of what Luce called a Christian alternative to My Space.com.
“This is more than a spiritual war,” Luce said. “It’s a culture war.”
Apparently, nothing aside from the fact that these folks are Christians.
Earlier this week, the Board of Supervisors passed a resolution condemning the “act of provocation” by what it termed an “anti-gay,” “anti-choice” organization that aimed to “negatively influence the politics of America’s most tolerant and progressive city.”Even in the story in the liberal San Francisco Chronicle, the contrast between the tolerance of the Christian youth and the bigotry of the activists and politicians in the city is obvious.
Luce said it was the first time one of his events has been officially condemned.
Christian Gallion, a 15-year-old in town with his Assembly of God youth group from Humboldt County, shrugged off being called “fascists” by counterdemonstrators.
“It doesn’t bother me,” Gallion said. “It’s a beautiful city, and we don’t have anything against the protesters.”
His youth pastor had no interest in engaging in political debates.
“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.”
That’s not how some liberal leaders saw it.
“Even if it is done by a Barnum & Bailey crowd with a tent and some snake oil, I think we need to pay attention to it,” said Supervisor Tom Ammiano, who authored the condemnation resolution. “We should not fall asleep at the wheel.”
And the San Francisco leftists call other people fascist?