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Activists disrupt prayer service
Wilson County NewsAugust 21, 2013 | 1,622 views | 3 comments
The Texas Leadership Coalition has filed a formal complaint with Milam Park police and San Antonio Police Chief William McManus, asking for protection at peaceful gatherings such as the one held last week. A “Defending Life, Marriage, and Freedom,” rally was held Aug. 3 in Milam Park to oppose San Antonio’s expansion of its anti-discrimination ordinance in support of “alternate lifestyles.”
Families, young and old, assembled peaceably at the event, which was organized by the Texas Leadership Coalition, in conjunction with the San Antonio Family Association, the San Antonio Coalition for Life, and St. Joan of Arc Brigade.
“We came together to pray the rosary, enjoy Christian music, and listen to speeches on the sanctity of life, marriage, family, and our religious liberties in America,” said Phil Sevilla, president of the Texas Leadership Coalition.
As the crowd assembled in front of the park gazebo, protesters, who identified with the homosexual movement, gathered with protest signs and a bullhorn. Although a park police officer was in attendance at the request of rally organizers, he failed to keep the protesters away, participants said.
Protestors situated themselves with signs and rainbow flags in front of the gazebo attempting to drown out the prayer leaders.
While heated words were exchanged, according to Sevilla, there was no violence. When attorney Robert P. Wilson addressed the crowd, there was an obvious attempt to disrupt him, Sevilla said. Wilson has filed a letter of complaint with the city council detailing the unconstitutional language as proposed in the anti-discrimination ordinance.
It seeks to include a protected class of people who choose to identify themselves based on their “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” Sevilla said, but disruptions such as this are why many Christians oppose the ordinance. Such a law will only embolden attempts to suppress any opposing viewpoint, he said.
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