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Christians confront hostile "Occupy" demonstration


Subject: Christians confront hostile "Occupy" demonstration against inner-city pastor. Photos and video.

 

Nov. 23, 2011

MassResistance Update

Pro-family activism

"In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
- George Orwell

 


Not backing down: Pro-family citizens stand firm and confront loud "Occupy" demonstration. Attempting to harass & intimidate Pastor Scott Lively's Christian ministry in Springfield, Mass.

Religious believers to left-wing activists: We're not taking it anymore!

[See photos & VIDEO below.  Also see additional photos on our website version of this posting.]
 

Christian believers and activists with signs and American (and Israeli) flags didn't give an inch last Friday afternoon outside of the Holy Grounds Coffee House in Springfield, Mass., as a loud, well-organized "Occupy Springfield" protest converged to harass and intimidate them, targeting Pastor Scott Lively and his inner-city Christian mission. Christian activists also counter-picketed the nearby storefront of the "Occupy" organization with the message that they weren't backing down.

It's believed to be the first time in the U.S. that any Occupy harassment action has been met with resistance by those they were targeting.

The demonstration brings to the forefront what many have observed since the beginning of the "Occupy" movement: That along with its socialist and anarchist economic philosophy, at its core it is anti-American, pro-Muslim, and particularly hostile to Christianity and traditional values.


Angry "Occupy Springfield" protester
  outside the Holy Grounds Coffee House

 

 

Watch the stunning video HERE!



Targeting a Christian inner-city mission

Occupy Springfield has publicly stated that one of their goals is to drive Pastor Lively and his Christian mission out of town.  Dr. Lively, a Springfield native, established Redemption Gate Mission Society a few years ago and set up the Holy Grounds Coffee House in inner-city Springfield to bring Christian faith to the downtown area.

The Holy Grounds Coffee House on State Street in Springfield.


Although the ministry's focus is on helping people live by Christian Biblical principles,
Dr. Lively has been attacked by anti-Christian liberals because of his past writings documenting and opposing the homosexual movement, and his pro-family activism around the world. They have tirelessly attempted to spread lies about him and marginalize him. But at the same time, the coffee house has gained great popularity in the neighborhood as a spiritual oasis in an often dangerous area.
 

Subversive material. Bumper sticker and button given out in the coffee house. Apparently too radical for the local liberals.


The opening salvo: Hateful anti-Lively ad published in local newspaper

In the Sunday Nov. 13 edition of the area's local newspaper The Springfield Republican, a shocking display ad appeared attacking Scott Lively and falsely charging him with a list of various "hate" crimes. It also included the names of over 250 people as signatories.  A few of the names are recognizable as local residents or statewide homosexual activists, but most of them are untraceable and appear to be made up.

See the ad -- and our rebuttal -- HERE

Soon afterwards Occupy Springfield acknowledged that they produced and paid for the ad. Adnd they reiterated their intent to drive his Christian ministry out of town.


Across America -"Occupy's" tactic of targeted demonstrations

Since the its beginning earlier this year, a primary tactic of the "Occupy" movements across the country has been to march from their urban encampments and harass specific targets with loud, intimidating demonstrations. They will often go to downtown corporate offices to intimidate employees, or to homes of executives.

It's also becoming clear that the "economy" is a convenient front for their larger anti-American, pro-Palestinian, and anti-Christian agenda. On Nov. 4 Occupy Boston stormed the Israeli Consulate — just as the Jewish Sabbath was beginning – and held a sit-in in the lobby screaming pro-Palestine and anti-Israeli slogans. (However, they don't seem to protest at North Korea, China, Cuba, Iran's or Syria's consulates.) 

The "Occupy" demonstrations are very well planned.
They include signs, banners, chants, slogans, a beating drum for effect, and a well-rehearsed public reading of their complaint against the particular target. Make no mistake: Underneath their sloppy appearance is a well-oiled political machine.

And thanks to local left-wing politicians
the Occupy protesters march whereever they want, completely ignoring local laws, permit requirements, or the like. With few exceptions they arrogantly take over streets, cause disturbances, and intimidate their targets without any police interference whatsoever.

Occupy Springfield's plan to march on the coffee house

Around mid-week After the Sunday ad appeared, Occupy Springfield's Facebook page revealed plans for a march to Scott Lively's coffee house in order to personally harass him as part of their intimidation campaign to close him down.  They set the time for 1:30 pm on Friday afternoon to begin their demonstration.

Christian mission supporters gather to fight back!

Word quickly got out around to Scott's friends and supporters throughout the Springfield area about the impending demonstration. People were outraged when they heard about it. They were determined not to let Scott Lively face this alone – they would come and stand with him. Although hundreds of Scott's supporters expressed a desire to be there that day, because of the short notice (and jobs and family commitments) only a fraction were able to make it. But they were very determined!

By 1:15 on Friday the coffee house was full of people ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with Scott! There were veterans, parents, grandparents, a mother with her baby, students, local neighborhood residents and a pastor and congregants from a local church.

They had home-made signs,
American flags, Tea Party flags, and they even brought a few Israeli flags to give the Occupy people a real message!
 

 

Brian Camenker of MassResistance (right) with Pastor C. S. Cooley of Springfield.


At 1:30 pm no one from the Occupy group had shown up.
So several Christian activists decided to go to them. Ironically, Occupy Springfield runs its operation out a the storefront office rented by a far-left group called "Arise for Social Justice" — which is located just four doors down on the same block as the coffee house!

About a dozen Christians
walked over to their storefront and stood outside, daring them to come out.  But instead of coming out, they went out as cowards through the back door to reorganize several blocks down the street.
 

 


Come on out! Outside of the "Arise for Social Justice" office daring them to come out. But they sneaked out the back door to join their comrades.

 

Sign in window of "Arise for Social Justice" storefront office. Sort of reminds us of the typical Massachusetts elementary school these days.

 

The Occupy demonstration arrives at the coffee house!

A little after 2 pm they showed up. About two dozen of them marched up the street with signs, a drum beat, and a big banner. When they got to the coffee house they had planned to march around in a circle in front of it. But about 20 Christians came out with their own signs and faced them head-on on the sidewalk in front of the door. So they gathered in the other part of the front area.

The Occupy people began beating their drum louder,
waving their signs, and screaming chants and epithets. Then they reading in loud voices their rehearsed diatribe against Scott Lively, and how they wanted him out of town.

The fearful thing was the look in their eyes of pure hate. For most of us was the most chilling part of it. And in their twisted ideology Christianity and traditional values constitute "bigotry" — while socialism, Marxism, sexual perversion, and the like is "love."  They waved their pro-homosexual signs screaming "Preach love, not hate." It was bizarre.

The Christians didn't back down
a bit, and shouted back "We Love Scott" and "Tell the Truth" (and a bit of "Occupy a Job"). Scott himself came out and stood in the middle of the near-melee and calmly read Bible verses, while they screamed at him and banged their drum.
 

They marched to the coffee house behind a white banner.


And our side was there to meet them!


They stopped and held up their banner in front of the building.


They gathered in front of it and started shouting out their list of grievances against Scott Lively.


Then they began to march forward but our people stood in the sidewalk.


Scott Lively came out and read some Bible passages, while they tried to shout him down.


Our people continued to hold their ground and not be intimidat-
ed.


Finally they gave up and left.


After a while it became clear to them that they weren't intimidating anyone or making any headway at all. So they turned around and, as quickly as they came, marched away.

A great day for the pro-family movement and for America

Looking back, it was a great afternoon for our side. One really got the sense that this is a spiritual battle and we had stared them down.  Like all radical leftists, they have a bully mentality and have difficulty with anyone not giving in.  We're sure they'll be back, of course. And when they do, good people will stand up to them again.

 

After the Occupy group left, our people gathered inside the coffee house. Pastor Lively let the group in prayer and talked about how none of us are giving up or backing down!

 

We must all continue to confront this. Despite all of the hype in the liberal press, there should be no question that the "occupy" movement is simply another flavor of the radical liberal/progressive movement.  And it's further proof that despite certain (RINO) conservatives' insistence to the contrary, the "social" and "fiscal" battles are completely intertwined.

Postscript – Pathetic news coverage from local liberal press

The subsequent press coverage in the local newspaper, the (left-wing) Springfield Republican and on their MassLive.com website, was as usual pathetically biased and incomplete. In this case, it was a re-hash of their usual anti-Scott Lively pabulum with their "news" of the event completely from the Occupy people's perspective. Their reporter wasn't there and apparently made no attempt to contact the coffee house. If you get a chance, contact the reporter and tell her the rest of the story that she missed.
 

Contact us if you want to get involved.

Also, check out the MassResistance blog (for even more in-depth coverage)!



 

2011 NARTH President's Award: Michel Lizotte, M.A.

2011 NARTH President's Award Goes to Michel Lizotte, M.A.

Submitted by davidpruden on November 21, 2011 – 1:39 pmNo Comment

This year NARTH presented the President's award to Michel Lizotte, M.A., for the great work that he is doing with regard to the issue of homosexuality. Mr. Lizotte has made great sacrifices to educate the French-speaking community on the issue of homosexuality, clearly presenting the research and providing hope and help to those who are seeking such help.

In 2004, after many years working as a francophone television and radio host in Canada, Michel Lizotte completed his Bachelor's degree in Journalism at the University of Quebec in Montreal. Shortly thereafter, as the Canadian government began the debate on legalizing same-sex marriage and the adoption of children by same-sex couples, Mr. Lizotte began an independent journalistic inquiry on the subject matter.

Before long, Mr. Lizotte discovered that there existed a population of individuals that considered themselves to be "ex-gay", (individuals who had once done their "coming out" and claimed a homosexual identity only to later on revise that conclusion after receiving support that helped them to develop their heterosexual potential). He then decided to pursue a Masters degree in Spiritual Anthropology on the subject, and to publish the findings of his journalistic research in a book.

In 2007, after three years of hard work, Michel Lizotte graduated from the University of  Sherbrooke and published his first book entitled "HOMOSEXUALITE: les mythes et les faits" (Homosexuality: the myths and the facts). During the following months an increasing number of individuals who were unhappy with unwanted same-sex attractions began to contact Mr. Lizotte for help.  In 2009, resulting from the public's demand for help, Mr. Lizotte surrounded himself with a team of volunteers who rapidly put together information sessions on the subject and made them available to those who were seeking answers.

In 2010, the first network of bilingual speaking Canadian therapists willing to offer support to those with unwanted same-sex attractions was formed on the initiative of Mr. Lizotte and his team. By the end of that year the team adopted the name "Ta Vie Ton Choix" (Your Life Your Choice), and officially gained status as a non-profit organization.

In 2011, Mr. Lizotte and his team officially launched the first French speaking website in North America to offer scientific information to the wider public on homosexuality and the possibility of being free from unwanted same-sex attractions: tavietonchoix.org

All throughout this adventure Mr Lizotte has had to pay an important personal cost; his reputation has been attacked on the internet as well as through the liberal media, and along with that he has lost many jobs and employment opportunities. He has, however, never stopped defending the rights of the Canadian public to obtain access to sound scientific information on homosexuality, and the rights of those who are unhappy with same-sex attractions to receive the help that they are seeking.

Holocausts

Just finished watching a great short movie, called “180” on the internet. It’s a little graphic in parts, mostly in the beginning when they’re talking about the holocaust.

 

It’s a must see all the way through – only 33 minutes

 

Just go to www.180movie.com .

 

 

Brigham Young University

 


 

What's Happening At BYU?

As alumni, parents of alumni, and active members of the LDS Church, up to now we at SoL have tried to refrain from reporting anything too negative about BYU or any other Church-affiliated organization or business. But as some concerned like-minded friends said the other day, "We're over it." So, here we go, come what may. We feel those who have invested in this institution and continue to support it, including financially, deserve to know what's going on at BYU.

If you think BYU upholds traditional family values, think again. Certain department heads, professors, guest lecturers, and students have become a law unto themselves, regularly preaching all manner of progressivism including socialism, radical feminism, anti-Americanism, revisionist history, outdated Darwinism, and popular homosexualism, and continue to be supported, employed, and welcomed.

The issue of homosexuality is a prime example. Incredible and exasperating as it is, we must face the fact that our beloved and trusted BYU has made concessions, step by step, for homosexuality as an alternative sexual identity to be accepted and respected. This is reflected in the change BYU made to its Honor Code in 2007 (with input from gay activist students) which approved the accepting of openly gay instructors and students. Individuals acting out, however, is still prohibited, although the definition of acting out is open to interpretation, rationalization, and can easily be covered in secrecy. Even though the honor code still prohibits the advocating of homosexuality, advocating homosexuality is definitely happening. Of course all these problems are born of the compromising and soul-killing inconsistency of allowing homosexuality in principle but not in practice.

Just a few years ago in 2006 we publicly opposed the intrusion of the lawless traveling gay advocacy group Soulforce onto the BYU campus, with their flyers and posters. BYU allowed them that year, the next year they disallowed them and arrests were made. Interestingly, we don't have to worry about Soulforce anymore because now BYU has a very vocal home-grown student advocacy group of its own called USGA, Understanding Same-Gender Attraction. It meets every Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. in room 111 of the TMCB on the BYU campus with BYU's permission. Call this group what they will, from what we've seen firsthand, it's really about affirming out-of-bounds sexual lust.

Not many know about the BYU's counseling office's invitation to a formerly LDS, ex-communicated acting-out gay man to train its counselors to help sexually confused students accept "their gayness." It was found out at the last minute by concerned Church members who complained, but the result was that the training was merely moved off campus. This was in February 2010.

Recent news concerned an openly gay man being fired as executive producer in BYU's broadcasting department; BYU public relations was quick to make it clear that he was not fired because he was gay as some suggested. Is BYU that concerned about "bad publicity," that is, being thought of as taking any kind of stand against homosexuality?

Most recently, the media reported student outrage about a series of letters supporting traditional values in The Daily Universe concerning gay parenting/adoption, prompted by the TV show "Modern Family." A group of gay activist students who took especial offense to one letter to the editor made up an accusatory flyer and without permission stuffed a number of them in the next day's edition. Joe Campbell, the managing editor of the paper, faculty member, and also a columnist for the Salt Lake Tribune, catered to the lawless gay activists by printing an apology and affirming the Church's understanding and respect for homosexually-attracted people, at the same time removing the offending letter from the online version of The Daily Universe, a letter that unequivocally expressed the timeless Biblical truth that homosexuality is sinful. SoL wonders, what about the person who wrote the letter that got removed? There seems to be no understanding and respect for him - or the Bible for that matter. Shouldn't he now be offended? Shouldn't God be offended? Apparently not. To quote the Salt Lake Tribune article, "BYU has no interest in pursuing or punishing the students who produced or distributed the flyer, Campbell said. 'We count this as a learning experience.'" And what has BYU learned? Never to publish scriptural doctrine in its paper because it might offend gay activists?

By the way, the only defense of the social experiment called gay parenting students could come up with was to compare it as better than foster homes, orphanages, and bad traditional parents. Besides having no information on which to base this comparison, and besides respectable foster parents, honorable orphanages, and imperfect but striving traditional parents rightly taking umbrage at this comparison, the issue is not about comparing these situations. The issue is that gay parents are modeling sinful and highly harmful and risky sexual ideas and behaviors to innocent, untaught children. Everybody needs to read Dawn Stefanowicz's book, Out From Under, The Impact of Homosexual Parenting and hear her highly-researched presentation, to name but one of many resources of reality and truth.

What is going on at BYU is incongruent and inexplicable. Unless we are instructed to turn in our Standard Works for new gay-affirming scriptures and clean out our ward and home library shelves of all our LDS Church manuals, books, and magazines, homosexuality should still be officially, courageously, and correctly shown as sinful and harmful in both thought and deed in every ward, stake, and Church-owned or endorsed group, business, or education entity.

(And for our detractors: pointing out relatively recent statements made by this or that leader which contrive to make certain allowances for homosexuality only proves to confuse the issue, since directly contrary scriptures, treatises, and statements by prophets and apostles have not been recalled and continue to be made.)

For those of us who attended BYU, dated and became engaged on its campus, sent our children to be educated there and hoped to send our grandchildren, these developments feel like a gross and incomprehensible betrayal. Gone are the days of visiting this beautiful, memory-laden place with a warm, light heart, feeling as if it were indeed the Lord's university, and having confidence in it as a fearless source of spreading goodness, knowledge, truth, and righteousness.

The gay activists continue their work and grow in boldness. Why aren't those who are obligated to stand for truth and righteousness at all times, in all things, and in all places vocal as well? At the very least, as things stand, you may want to think again about making that regular financial contribution to BYU.

--Stephen and Janice Graham, Standard of Liberty

                

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