I really don’t know how else to describe this group of people who call themselves “Operation Save America”. Christian Supremacists sounds very much like how they think of themselves. They were rather busy in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Friday, August 6, outside the Bridgeport Islamic Society.
From a news article, Angry protesters descend on mosque:
“Jesus hates Muslims,” they screamed at worshippers arriving at the Masjid An-Noor mosque to prepare for the holy week of Ramadan. One protester shoved a placard at a group of young children leaving the mosque. “Murderers,” he shouted.
There are a couple people denying that the events mentioned in the article took place as described. Those people happen to be affiliated with the group of Christian Supremacists who were there protesting. Oh; I’m terribly sorry. They don’t “protest.” They do “outreach” and “proclaim the gospel.” Some of them came back a week later to try again (See Christians return to preach outside Bridgeport mosque).
The comments on articles about the protests at a variety of sites confirm my suspicions that there are a great deal of bigoted, hate-filled people in this country. These people fail to understand what our freedoms mean and how our Constitution operates. These are probably the same people who loudly proclaim that the United States is a Christian Nation™.
From the Boston Herald:
Yeah, you can worship at your mosque without being harassed — as soon as you move the mosque out of the USA and back to the desert in the country you came from.
This group used to have a different name: “Operation Rescue.” They are, ostensibly, a non-violent anti-abortion organization. They feel the need to stress the non-violent aspect because several members have become violent in their opposition to abortion and anything they see as not in accord with their twisted religious viewpoint.
Though I don’t approve of the United States Senate even having a morning prayer, I certainly don’t think behavior like this is appropriate. The people disrupting the Senate in July 2007 were members of Operation Save America. A video, Christian extremists disrupt Hindu Senate invocation is available. From Associated Press:
Rajan Zed, director of interfaith relations at a Hindu temple in Reno, Nev., gave the brief prayer that opens each day’s Senate session. As he stood at the chamber’s podium in a bright orange and burgundy robe, two women and a man began shouting “this is an abomination” and other complaints from the gallery.
Religious tolerance is something these people can’t understand. For them, only their particular cult is the One True Religion™, and every other person needs to kowtow to them and their beliefs. Like so many others, they think that freedom of religion only refers to their religion.
Christian Supremacists piss me off.