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Triangle Coalition protests evangelist Brother Jed, harassment of LGBT individuals

Friday, April 17, 2009 | 5:50 p.m. CDT; updated 11:04 a.m. CDT, Saturday, April 18, 2009
MU students stood in Speakers Circle while Brother Jed spoke on Friday to show support for the LGBT community. The "90%" logo represents the percentage of transgender students who have been verbally harassed at school, according to a recent report by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

COLUMBIA — A crowd of about 200 gathered at Speakers Circle on Friday to witness a silent protest organized by Triangle Coalition, a group of MU lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and their allies.

About 25 protesters formed a circle around evangelist Brother Jed as he recounted the story of Lot's escape from Sodom and Gomorrah, among other things.

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Friday was the National Day of Silence, a day aiming to call attention to the harassment of LGBT individuals in schools. According to Triangle Coalition President Asher Kolieboi, the protest was organized in earnest after a transgender member of MU's LGBT community told him about inflammatory comments made by Brother Jed on Thursday. Kolieboi said they required a response.

"There is a fine line between free speech and hate speech," Kolieboi said.

Kolieboi said they hoped to communicate to the entire community that the oppression of members of the LGBT community occurs every day.

"We are saying volumes by being silent," Kolieboi said.

Triangle Coalition provided T-shirts to protesters and spectators. The shirts bore a large "90%" logo, which represented the percentage of transgender students who have been verbally harassed, according to a recent report by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

"We wanted to be visible and speak out," Kolieboi said. "I think we accomplished that."


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Ray Shapiro April 17, 2009 | 6:13 p.m.

("A crowd of about 200 gathered at Speakers Circle on Friday to witness a silent protest organized by Triangle Coalition.")
This article could very well have read, "A crowd of about 200 gathered at Speakers Circle to witness Brother Jed sermonizing."
This dude almost always attracts a crowd at Speakers Circle.

("The "90%" logo represents the percentage of transgender students who have been verbally harassed at school.")
I've been verbally harassed and I'm straight! (Well at least the last time I checked.)
Verbal harassment is a part of life. How you react to it is your choice.
("There is a fine line between free speech and hate speech," Kolieboi said.)
Get a lawyer. Take Brother Jed to court. Let the judge decide.
(I am so not impressed.)

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Ray Shapiro April 17, 2009 | 6:29 p.m.

I have witnessed Brother Jed verbally harassed, heckled, cat-called, berated and laughed at during his numerous Speakers Circle sermons. I have also witnessed and personally had conversations and questions & answer sessions with him at Speakers Circle. Even when I played "Devil's Advocate," he was consistent with his message and unyielding in his position. I'd be very surprised if he ever deviates from his style or demeanor. The man is a professional.

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Amber Hanneken April 17, 2009 | 10:04 p.m.

Brother Jed was basically the same from what I saw.

I think this quote: "We are saying volumes by being silent" is so true.

I have seen people, as Ray said, act completely insane in the presence of Ol' Jed; getting into screaming matches and trying to drown him out. Today's protest was very tactful and said a lot without saying anything at all.

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David Karr April 17, 2009 | 10:18 p.m.

BJ's got a complete right to make his theocratic case in a public venue.

Me, I'm glad that a group of more mature students decided to show him that that the younger generation of Americans just does not see much value in Talibanish attitudes towards the relationship between civil society and private religion.

There may be a few blue hairs out and around who'd side with ol' BJ, but they're a dying breed, and even they would probably see things a bit differently after individual conversations with GLBT folks.

This should not be the controversy a small segment of the population wants it to be. Hell, even Cheney went quiet once his daughter came out. That's saying something: she humanized the issue for him.

Take note.

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John Schultz April 17, 2009 | 11:00 p.m.

What's an "evangalist"?

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Charles Dudley Jr April 18, 2009 | 5:05 a.m.

For the Learning impaired:

e⋅van⋅ge⋅list
   /ɪˈvændʒəlɪst/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [i-van-juh-list] Show IPA
–noun
1. a Protestant minister or layperson who serves as an itinerant or special preacher, esp. a revivalist.
2. a preacher of the gospel.
3. (initial capital letter) any of the writers (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) of the four Gospels.
4. (in the primitive church) a person who first brought the gospel to a city or region.
5. (initial capital letter) Mormon Church. a patriarch.
6. a person marked by evangelical enthusiasm for or support of any cause.

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q...

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John Schultz April 18, 2009 | 7:15 a.m.

If you're trying to slyly slam me Chuck, take a look again at what I said (hint, look at the article's title).

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Charles Dudley Jr April 18, 2009 | 10:22 a.m.

Dry humor John Boy take a look again.

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Ricky Gurley April 18, 2009 | 12:37 p.m.

John, did you really expect Chuck to catch a spelling error? LOL.

Rick.

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John Schultz April 18, 2009 | 12:55 p.m.

Well, I certainly was not expecting humor, nor am I finding it in his comment above. Must need more caffeine, eh?

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Ricky Gurley April 18, 2009 | 1:08 p.m.

I wouldn't let Chuck get to me too much, I think that is all he posts for. Without being able to create controversy here, this place would be too boring for him and he'd probably leave....

But he has become quite proficient at "getting under people's skin"...

Rick.

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Wayne Markle April 18, 2009 | 3:04 p.m.

Rightists and leftists love to make a big noise when there is "verbal abuse", "heckling", "harassment" of a protester (be the protester left or right, tactful or "harassing"). The best way to approach detractors is tact, as Jesus said: "turn the other cheek". This sounds like a peaceful demonstration. Person's like "Brother Jed" have every right to be heard, even extremists such as the Westboro Baptist Church (Phelps & Phelps-Roeper) have their rights. Don't fall victim to emotionalism. If you go to Youtube and metacafe, you'll see vid's of "leftists" "pummeling" "Christians protesting indecency". Hate-mongers attempt to lure out the worst, and at emotionally charged demonstrations this can easily occur. Bravo to these brave people for their Christ-like handling of Brother Jed.

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Ray Shapiro April 19, 2009 | 12:00 a.m.

Wayne:
FYI:
("The NATIONAL Day of Silence brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Each year the event has grown, now with hundreds of thousands of students coming together to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior.")
Maybe if militant gays practiced silence regarding changing government policy on traditional marriage, for a year, instead of one day, the moral straight majority would lighten up a little.
Also, if you think this one moment of visual silence in front of "Brother Jed" is going to change anything, you are barking up the wrong tree.
At the same time, if you think this behavior was "Christ-like, I beg to differ. If there was any perceived inflammatory remark, MU's LGBTQ could have "turned the other cheek." Using "Brother Jed" was just a photo op. Add that to the many things LGBTQ members can be proud of.

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John Schultz April 19, 2009 | 8:54 a.m.

Are "militant gays" any worse than "militant straights"?

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Ray Shapiro April 19, 2009 | 9:15 a.m.

John, As far as I'm concerned: Inherently, no. Agenda-wise, perhaps. Sexually, yes. Do you have a critical/judgmental answer to your own question on this fine Sunday?

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Charles Dudley Jr April 19, 2009 | 9:59 a.m.

Are militant Libertarians worse than militant gays?

Yes as militant Libertarians want small government with out offering any long term sound solid solutions to that smaller government they continually advocate about.

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John Schultz April 19, 2009 | 11:16 a.m.

Ray, neither militant gay activists or militant straight activists have the power to make my marriage one iota less valid than it is now. I don't care what two or more consenting adults do in the privacy of their house, nor that they wish to live their lives together, and don't feel I have a right to impose my beliefs upon them.

Chuckles, more typical pablum from you. What's worse, militant Libertarians or militant taxpayer sponges like yourself? I've offered plenty of solutions in the past, just not ones that you like or fail to acknowledge.

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Charles Dudley Jr April 19, 2009 | 1:56 p.m.

Your solutions John lack the long running staying power that is needed to ensure they would actually work.

It is to laugh at the sponge commentary but keep on trying to justify your lack of humanity towards disabled citizens as a whole. It sure is winning over those voters who are disabled isn't it.

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Ricky Gurley April 19, 2009 | 2:38 p.m.
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Charles Dudley Jr April 19, 2009 | 3:26 p.m.

Ricky Gurley wrong again as usual per your M.O. not only here but on the local forums and blogs too. Don't you have better things to do like creating your new little web site to help your fellow P.I.'s?

I guess not as you would rather hassle and harass disabled citizens obviously.

Maybe you should read up on the A.D.A and how it reads and is used as a base guideline for those with disabilities such as I have.

Back on topic: Michael Savage is totally correct in his views about how Militant Gays are undermining our society and it's long held traditional values.

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Ricky Gurley April 19, 2009 | 5:28 p.m.
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John Schultz April 19, 2009 | 5:56 p.m.

Chuck, you might be surprised to know that there are some Libertarians one would consider disabled who seem to be taking care of themselves just fine. One is a lawyer who can almost not walk, while the other person has been in a wheelchair for quite some time. Obviously, not all disabled folks can support themselves, but there seem to be quite a few who do fine without depending on government assistance.

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Charles Dudley Jr April 19, 2009 | 5:56 p.m.

Back on topic: Michael Savage is totally correct in his views about how Militant Gays are undermining our society and it's long held traditional values.

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Ricky Gurley April 19, 2009 | 6:24 p.m.
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Tim Dance April 19, 2009 | 6:31 p.m.
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BILL BIXBY August 1, 2009 | 10:45 a.m.

Excuse me! Talibanish?
Are "militant gays" any worse than "militant straights"?
Well "sirs" your propaganda is unwarranted and proof of what your heart really looks like. Yes, you’re right, CHILDREN are taking over our nation, while “bluehairs” are silenced by the likes of Pelosi who does what ever her and her perverted districts desire, and then tell us “bluehairs” its what we want? But this has happened before, and when the sicknesses finally are exposed enough, the “bluehairs” have always come to the rescue and saved our nation from total moral collapse. And they ALWAYS train up and bring with them a new generation of moral young people that eventually drowns out the perverted ideals in place. Nonetheless, both of your lies and propaganda style comments can be quickly drown out today when people simply look at what us “Talibanish” “bluehairs” can uncover that the “militant gays” are doing to our children when we set our mind to it. And we need to point out, when many of the younger people who are on neither side (yet) see that their tax dollars are paying for the “militant gays” activities, MONEY always leads them to STOP being played like fools. So you ol’ uninformed bluehairs and talabanists, and young folks out there working hard, being taxed to death, and you young kids struggling to pay for collage so you can support the TAX system, just take a look at ONE thing that these people are forcing you to pay for.
SEE and JOIN THE FIGHT to STOP YOUR MONEY FROM PAYING FOR SEX PERVERSION at MassResistance.org. Do you want to keep helping them recruit and train CHILDREN to “FIST” other homosexuals with your money? And by the way, what ever happened to the original argument? “It’s no ones business what we do in our bedrooms?” When you came out of the closet, you never told us you were also going to throw out the bedroom. SEX in the streets and recruiting children to keep up the fight because so many are dying of a plethora of homosexual diseases, is NOTHING TO BE PROUD OF! And we forgot to tell you, four more homosexual groups were just "stimulated" with your TAX MONEY.
See FOX NEWS "Stimulus Bill Funds Go to Art Houses Showing 'Pervert' Revues, Underground Pornography."
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,5356...
And that was thanks to Obama’s quick signing of our representatives work. Now tell us Missouri, your being rapidly unemployed, taxed to death, losing your homes etc. How much of this TRASH will you put up with? The money that went to those pervert organizations alone could have been used to help those of us in need in Missouri, or even put many of you kids through collage. Instead, you paid for perverts to stand on a stage naked and recruit more kids to homosexuality and eventually a death of AIDS. How’s that “historic” change workin’ out for ya?

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