Monsters in the Desert
Tolerance…, Diversity…, Free speech…, The fruit of presidential community organizing for the common good at its best. Make that worst…
No on 8 protesters turned violent on a little old Christian lady, Phyllis Burgen, today as she carried the Cross at city hall in Palm Springs, California. As the story below relates, Phyllis attended the rally to spread a message of God for all before having the Cross ripped from her hands and trampled upon:
“God has given me a message, a word for all of us and it’s fidelity”
That says it all Phyllis…
The Desert Sun Reports…
The crowd chanted, “Go home!” “Nazi!” and “Shame on you!” as organizers pleaded with the crowd to ignore the woman.
“God has given me a message, a word for all of us and it’s fidelity,” said Phyllis Burgen, a Palm Springs supporter of the gay marriage ban.
“I have a right to be here.”
The crowd saw things differently, pressed in on Burgen, ripped the cross from her hands and stomped on it. In the rush, protesters pushed one another and Burgen, who said she would not press charges although she was bruised in the exchange.
Police made no arrests. Similar protests across the state have erupted in clashes with police and arrests.
The event drew more than 500 protesters at Palm Springs City Hall, the county’s largest since 52 percent of voters approved Proposition 8, an amendment that defined marriage as between a man and woman only.
Organizers had planned a quiet service with speeches from elected officials to rally the troops after a disappointing loss at the polls. In May, the California Supreme Court ruled the gay marriage ban overwhelmingly passed by voters in 2000 was unconstitutional.
Same-sex marriage is an issue that resonates with many, especially in the Palm Springs area, which boasts one of the largest gay populations per capita in the United States.
The amendment’s passage has cast a cloud of uncertainty on the estimated 18,000 same-sex couples who have tied the knot since June 17, the first day gays and lesbians could legally marry. Of those, about 1,200 couples have married in the Coachella Valley.
“I think most of us would feel differently if we lost this in a fair fight, but we lost this with lies,” Palm Springs Councilwoman Ginny Foat told the crowd, some of them families with young children that held burning candles as the sun slipped behind the mountain.
For more on the protest, read tomorrow’s Desert Sun.