Gay anarchist ‘action’ hits church
Gay anarchist group infiltrates, protests outside Eaton County church
Tuesday, November 11,2008
by Nathan Harris
A gay anarchist group infiltrated the Mt. Hope Church in Eaton County Sunday morning, disrupting a service by pulling a fire alarm, dropping leaflets and yelling at parishioners, a pastor said.
The group, Bash Back, was simultaneously picketing outside the church, beating on buckets and using a megaphone to shout â€œJesus was a homoâ€ and other slogans as confused churchgoers continued to enter the building.
Members of Bash Back issued a press release Tuesday saying that it targeted Mt. Hope, a church that claims a flock of around 5,000, because it is “complicit in the repression of queers in Michigan and beyond.”
According to the Myspace.com page of the Lansing chapter, the network initially sprung up with the intent of increasing homosexual visibility within the anarchist community.
The â€œactionâ€ began early Sunday morning at the Northstar Center on Lathrop Street in Lansing where a group of around 20 protesters gathered. Pink bandanas, signs, a rainbow-colored â€œBash Back!â€ flag and a pink, wooden cross were distributed among about half the group â€” the â€œoutside team.â€ The rest â€” â€œinside teamâ€ â€” were dressed in conservative clothes and carried Bibles and stacks of fliers, intending to blend in to the churchâ€˜s 11:30 a.m. â€œcontemporary-laid back service.â€
City Pulse was alerted to the Bash Back event through a press release and had no prior knowledge of where the â€œactionâ€ would take place or what it would entail.
â€œWeâ€™re having an action today,â€ one of the organizers told this reporter at the Northstar Center. â€œYouâ€™re in for a treat.â€ [Continue Reading…]