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Thursday, November 13, 2008

How to win friends, and influence people.

The horror!

Dancers at a gay disco in Lansing, Mich., were stunned Saturday when members of a pro-Christian, pro-law & order organization named Bible Thump interrupted their revels to fling propaganda and Rosaries around the dance floor, drape a banner with a Bible verse from the balcony and feature two nuns preaching from the DJ stand.

According to a blog posting by Lisa De Leeuw on Little Dutch Boy, the Bible Thump organization orchestrated a protest in front of Fire and Glitter disco to draw the club's security staff away from the dance floor.

Then Bible Thumpers who had dressed up in leather and seat-less chaps and mixed in with dancers took action.

According to De Leeuw, "'It's Rainin' Men, Hallelujah!' had just finished when men and women stood up in pockets across the bar, on the main floor and in the balcony.

"'Jesus died for you,' they shouted among other hate speech and derogatory statements as they rushed the stage. Some forced their way through rows of women and men to try to hang a felt banner from the balcony while others began tossing fliers into the air. Two women made their way to the DJ stand and began to sing 'Ave Maria'," he wrote.

He cited the Bible Thump organization's own announcement of other items members brought into the church, including "a megaphone, blessed salt, chrism, Holy Water by the bucket load, Holy Oil in SuperSoakers, prayer cloths ..."

According to the religious Lansing City Calvary newspaper – which reported it was notified of the protest ahead of time and sent a reporter along instead of warning the club – the protesters also screamed at dancers and pulled the club's fire alarm. Printed material protesters distributed said, "We specialize in confronting Christophobia, Judeophobia and every and all other forms of oppression."

For further developments go here, as I may have gotten a few tiny details wrong.

-J.