This is a video posted by Equality Rider Matt Hill Comer, documenting the vigil at Patrick Henry College and the reasons for the visit. Students who are being “prepared to lead the nation and shape the culture” could benefit from a little more knowledge about the fellow citizens among whom they will be working and living. It turns out that the PHC students who spoke with Matt were not only embarrassed by the way the college handled the Equality Ride visit, they also “readily admitted that they and their peers would be at an extreme disadvantage when their time comes to enter the ‘real world.'”
Also, we have learned, from a local blogger who is sympathetic to PHC’s position, that the reason given by the Sheriff’s Department for the deployment of 112 law enforcement personnel for the Equality Ride visit was that PFLAG had posted information about the visit on their website.
I’m sure that everyone is aware (sarcasm alert) of the radical and unpredictable nature of PFLAG, the parent and family organization that encourages parents not to throw away their gay children. The aforementioned blogger claims that “these groups” were under no obligation to respect Soulforce’s commitment to non-violence, and even attempted to connect PFLAG to a “history of serious disruption and desecration of churches by gay groups.” This would be somewhat funnier were it not for the desecration of churches by anti-gay terrorists during the campaign to pass Virginia’s so-called “marriage amendment” last year. Here’s the alert from PFLAG that supposedly had the law so spun up. Read it and see what you think.