Intimidation tactics against signers of marriage petition

Intimidation tactics against signers of marriage petition

We saw this coming. When the gay activists at KnowThyNeighbor put the petition for the protection of marriage amendment up on a web site, I noted from the beginning that there were overtones of intimidation, even as they encouraged other activists to use the list to find out which of their friends, family, and neighbors had signed and use that as a means of confronting them. We saw how that worked out back in December when one gay activist threatened to “beat the ‘Catholic’ out of” her mother when she found she had signed.

Today’s Boston Globe shows the intimidation is escalating. In the gay enclave of Provincetown, the gay majority is openly harassing and intimidating the tiny Portuguese Catholic minority of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic and others who signed the petition. Among the lovely tactics is calling straight people “breeders” or “bigot”.

One St. Peter’s parishioner, Yvonne Cabral, was verbally accosted last Friday by Provincetown Magazine publisher Rick Hines after Hines learned that Cabral signed the petition, according to police.

Police Chief Ted Meyer plans to seek charges of disorderly conduct against Hines, who saw Cabral shopping and loudly called her a ``bigot,” according to both Hines and Meyer. Other people who signed the petition—and subsequently had their names posted on the same website—said manure has been spread on their properties in recent months, Meyer added.

... The Rev. Henry J. Dahl, pastor at St. Peter’s, heard about what happened to Cabral, and about another parishioner who said she felt intimidated after a flier was stuck on her car in the middle of the night with a list of the names of petition signers—including her own. Dahl decided to call the police chief.

Ah yes, the vaunted tolerance of liberals. This is nothing more than a crime. Hate crime is a category of thought crime invented by liberals, but it fits the definition they have applied to it too. Will the authorities treat it with the same vigorous attention if the situation were reversed? Will we see anti-Catholicism given the attention that “homophobia” receives?

So what do you call it when a minority (gay activists) persecutes a majority (believers in traditional morality)? In the past it’s been called “brownshirt” tactics. I think the moniker still fits. And it’s not just in Provincetown either, but the denial of democratic rights to the voters by a political elite is another example.

[Thanks to Harry Forbes for the link.]

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Domenico Bettinelli