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Salisbury, North Carolina, recently had a gay pride event.  Of course, it was picketed by religious types, including James Edward Belcher, a preacher from Taylorsville.  He was doing the usual fire and brimstone bullshit when Joan Parker, a 74 year old gay rights supporter, bounced up to him and kissed him on the cheek.  Belcher states the only reason she didn't kiss him on the lips was he turned his head and that the kiss "was just one of many attempts to silence the preaching to those in need of salvation who practice a death style that they call a lifestyle."

Guess who's pressing charges.

Parker is being charged with simple assault, a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of thirty days community service for a first offense.  "She might disagree with this, but it wasn't done as a show of affection," Belcher said. "It was an unwanted touching."  With that attitude, I'll bet it's the only time a woman's ever touched him.  He maintains he's only being fair, since police would have charged him if he had grabbed a 74 year old woman without provocation.  Fucking objectivists.

Belcher's a fine one to talk.  He didn't have a permit to protest.  Police don't usually bother with one as long as protesters stay within the rules so that they don't have to write up citations all day.  So, to review, Parker had every reason to be there and was exercising Freedom Of Expression on someone who shouldn't have been there.  You know, if you know a bunch of people who are your philosophical opposites are gathering together somewhere and you decide to crash the party, THEY aren't the assholes.

Parker is due in court September 12 for her hearing.  May justice prevail.

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clionona
Jul. 7th, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
You know, if you know a bunch of people who are your philosophical opposites are gathering together somewhere and you decide to crash the party, THEY aren't the assholes.

AMEN!

As for Joan Parker, she's 74 years old, and I hope she isn't subjected to anything she can't handle. Even community service can be pretty rough. :/
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