Ark. Bigot Throw Tantrum Over Pride Parade

I‘ve written about Sen. Jason Rapert, a state senator in Arkansas, many times before. He’s on the far-right fringe of the far-right fringe. He’s a thorough bigot and a genuine theocrat, as evidence by this Facebook post, in which he absolutely has a fit over a pride parade in an Arkansas town.

Tomorrow in Conway, Arkansas, a “Gay Pride Parade” approved by Mayor Tab Townsell and the Conway City Council back in 2003 will once again be conducted on the Sabbath Day. How many parades do you know of that are scheduled to take place on a Sunday? Have you ever wondered why they chose a Sunday to conduct a parade? I believe it is because they understand that the lifestyle they are glorifying on our streets is considered sin by every Bible-believing Christian and they use their parade on a day reserved to worship God and reverence the Lord to mock Christians. I object to Mayor Townsell and the Conway City Council continuing to allow people, many of whom do not even live in our community, to parade down our streets on a Sunday and accuse Christians of being “bigots” because they believe the Bible teaches that homosexuality is sin. This is truly one of the most offensive public displays against Christians you will find anywhere in our state and especially offensive because they have specifically chosen Sunday to try and intimidate people who believe in the Word of God.

I remember well that the majority of Conway citizens came out in opposition to this selfish display on our streets in 2003 and I remember that it was Conway Mayor Tab Townsell that championed the parade in front of the City Council. The room was packed with those in opposition and he refused, along with his council members, to allow the motion to be heard which objected to this so-called “Gay Pride Parade”. The late councilman Sandy Brewer had made the motion and not one other person on the council would second his motion – including a few who are still serving on the council even today. They could have pointed out that most parades are not conducted on Sunday and out of respect for churches and families they should conduct their activity on another day – but no, the Conway City Council enabled this blatant mockery of God’s Word to happen on the Lord’s Day.

It should not be taken lightly that Mayor Townsell and all but two Conway City Council Members also just recently passed an ordinance in support of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender agenda for the city employees policies. Though no discrimination was occurring in Conway and no one had filed a complaint, the mayor and all but two city council members chose to join with the gay political organization Human Rights Campaign to continue to force people to affirm that their agenda MUST have the complete attention of America and Conway even though they represent just 3.8% of the population. The mayor and city council of Conway need to be reminded that they serve the majority of Conway citizens, not some radical homosexual activist group like the Human Rights Campaign that calls Christians bigots.

Yeah, see, there’s this thing called the First Amendment. The city council in Conway could not prevent them from holding a pride parade on Sunday or on any other day merely because some Christians might be upset by that. If you want a country where the religious majority gets to decide whether someone has the right to express their opinion and hold public events or not, I suggest Russia. Or Saudi Arabia. Bon voyage.

Some will get mad at me for speaking the truth. I believe that those who call the truth “hate” are simply those who hate the “truth”. You and I both have the right to voice our opinions and our beliefs.

And another irony meter bites the dust. The sheer level of buffoonery here is off the charts.

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  • Tony! The Queer Shoop

    He is getting absolutely savaged in the comments to his rant on Facebook. For all that he is a bigot, a lot of people are demonstrating their opposition to him and support of gay people.

  • Synfandel

    Well he does have the 28th amendment behind him:

    28: “Christians having claimed Sunday as their exclusive property, no person shall do anything on a Sunday that some Christian might potentially dislike—especially icky gay persons.”

  • jufulu

    This is a display of democracy at its worst. Imagine, not getting a second on a motion that everyone else on the council didn’t agree with. Or imagine that two nays didn’t carry a vote. What is the world coming to when democracy is use to cram deviant behavior down our throats. (/s).

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Mayor Tab Townsell and the Conway City Council

    Dibs on band name!

  • Taz

    How many parades do you know of that are scheduled to take place on a Sunday?

    In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it

    You’ll be the grandest fella in the Easter parade.

    I’ll be all in clover, and when they look us over

    We’ll be the proudest couple in the Easter parade.

  • mareap

    Winona (MN) Steamboat Days has the parade on Sundays. Have for 68 years. But that’s those heathen Lutherans, you betcha!

  • eric

    Have you ever wondered why they chose a Sunday to conduct a parade?

    Because the people participating in it work M-F?

    Also I would think you would want them to do so. This way, all the good God-fearing Christians would be in church and miss it.

  • Anna Elizabeth

    Gee, if *only* there were buildings where cultists could go on Sundays to share lies and hate, while getting police, fire, and other services tax-free.

  • John Pieret

    I remember well that the majority of Conway citizens came out in opposition to this selfish display

    Gee, if people were so upset back in 2003, why is Tab Townsell still mayor 12 years later? Don’t you folks down in Arkansas know how those election thingies work?

  • sugarfrosted

    Ark. Bigot, I thought you meant Ken Ham by this until I read. “Ark.” isn’t really used. Most of the old abbreviations have been superseded by postal codes even outside of the context of mailing.

  • Trebuchet

    And then there’s the National Football League. And Professional Bull Riding, which is chock-full of fundie Christians. Of course, the Sabbath is properly sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, so that’s all right.

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    @Sugarfrosted:

    The old abbreviations aren’t used? Sure they are. I live in Massachusetts and see “Mass.” all the time. And that little dot after “Ark”? It’s a clue that an abbreviation is intended. Really not hard at all.

  • Synfandel

    @10 sugarfrosted wrote:

    Most of the old abbreviations have been superseded by postal codes even outside of the context of mailing.

    If you want to be understood by anyone who is not an American, two-letter postal abbreviations won’t cut it. Is “MO” Montana or Missouri? Is “IA” Iowa, or Indiana? Is “MA” Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, or Manitoba? If you’re looking in from the outside, you have no chance of keeping the codes straight. Of course, one can always fall back on actually spelling things. It might take a couple more keystrokes, but most people can manage the effort.

  • abb3w

    I could re-tweak this screed into one from 1960 against the civil rights movement, but that would be too depressing.

  • vereverum

    Currently his page shows 173 likes

    out of 1,189 comments.

  • pixiedust

    And then there’s those Seventh Day Adventists, who really, really diss the Christians.

  • Tony! The Queer Shoop

    He has popped up a few times in the comments to whine about people being rude or disrespectful (oh the irony). His persecution/martyr complex runs deep.

  • lorn

    If it is Friday the Muslims object. Anyone wish to speculate as to whether Sen. Jason Rapert would approve the parade if they held it on Friday, and agreed to march past a Mosque? Saturday is the Jewish special day. And the Christians have Sunday, even though Jesus, the guy they worship and really, really want to be like, worshiped on Saturday. Given enough time, and perverse enthusiasm, I bet you could find some sect or religion for every day of the week.

    As already pointed out, most likely Sunday was chosen to accommodate participants who work M – F. Having it on Sunday allows them one day to finish up preparations before holding the big event. There may have been some thought that it might have limited Christian offense to hold it on Sunday simply because all the good Christians would be in church when it was going on.

  • Johnny Vector

    I bet you could find some sect or religion for every day of the week.

    Odin, Thor, … um … Fry.

  • eric

    @18:

    may have been some thought that it might have limited Christian offense to hold it on Sunday simply because all the good Christians would be in church when it was going on.

    While that’s a possibility, I think the most likely explanation is the null hypothesis: the people who submitted an application for the parade had their own business on their minds, and this was best for them. Mr. Rapert and the others like him are suffering from “you’re so vain, you probably think this parade is about you” syndrome.

  • hunter

    In Chicago (a/k/a “Sodom on the Lake”), most of our parades are on Sundays.

    (Do you suppose I should tell Rapert that people bring their kids to the Pride parade? It’s a real family thing here.)

  • Margaret

    You and I both have the right to voice our opinions and our beliefs.

    Yes, and some of us voice our opinions and beliefs by holding parades.