This will be an expanding story as I attempt to get more information. I have sent an email invitation for a church representative to be with us on this evening's internet radio edition of My Perspective to be broadcast live at http://www.themicroeffect.com at 8 p.m. this evening.
Lansing is Michigan's state capital. I worked there in the late 1960s, early 1970s before becoming an attorney in 1975. Over the years a fair share of my law practice has taken me there. I still have many friends who have served in the Legislature.
Since I started tracking the New Age Movement in 1981, I read pronouncements that this was one way the New Age would be "ushered in." Churches have been destined for targeting. The attacks were by termites from within and wrecking balls from without. After the New Age Movement received unexpected and unwanted exposure in the early 1980s, marginalization and ridicule of those pointing to clear New Age pronouncements was the order of the day. Reading H. B. Blavatsky, Gina Cerminara (called for burning of the churches), Alice Ann Bailey, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Peter Russell, etc., it is clear we are regarded as "cancerous cells in the global brain." It is equally clear that nothing nice was projected for Christians for the so-called "New Age."
Sunday there was a rainbow motifed anarchist operation against a Lansing, Michigan church, Mt. Hope Church. The Church biblically condemns homosexuality but offers hope for salvation and redemption from that sin as well as all other sins. They ran head on into an interior infiltration and outward picketing, bashing, and religious service disruption. It was clearly organized and it appears to be but the opening day of a prolonged "Kristallnacht" action against conservative Christians and Jews.
Here is what an unrepentant "Gay community" press had to say about Sunday's events:
Bash Back! Raises Hell at Anti-Queer Mega-Church
Monday, November 10 2008 @ 03:40 PM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
The Mount Hope Church is a deplorable, anti-queer mega-church in Lansing, Michigan. The church works to institutionalize transphobia and homophobia through several repulsive projects including organized "ex-gay" conferences and so-called "hell houses", which depict queers, trannies and womyn who seek abortions in hell. Mt. Hope is complicit in the repression of queers in Michigan and beyond.
Bash Back! ain't down with that. And so on Sunday November 9th, about thirty radical queers from Lansing, Chicago, Memphis and Milwaukee disrupted the church's most well-attended sermon.
At noon, a small group of folks dressed in pink and black, equipped with a megaphone, black flags, picket signs and an upside-down pink cross began demonstrating outside the church. The group was extremely loud and wildly offensive.
The demonstration drew a majority of Mount Hope's security staff outside to watch them.
Meanwhile, with the guards pre-occupied by the distraction, over a dozen queers had put on their Sunday-best and infiltrated the church's congregation. At the signal that the guards had been lured outside, the infiltrators sprung into action.
A group stood up, declared themselves fags, and began screaming loudly. Upon hearing the loud interruption, other affinity groups went into action. A team that had been hiding under the pews in the closed-off balcony dropped a banner and pulled back the curtains to reveal "IT'S OKAY TO BE GAY! BASH BACK!". Another group threw over a thousand fliers to the entirety of the congregation. The fire alarm was pulled. Queers began making out in front of the pastor. And within a matter of minutes, everyone had evaded the guards and made their escapes.
Bash Back! operatives, still hidden among the congregation observed a person screaming that Satan had come to Mount Hope, that the end was here, that the queers were everywhere. She then began speaking tongues. The dumbfounded pastor, after regaining his composure, went on to speak of the of decadent, depraved wolves that menace his flock of sheep.
Let it be known: So long as bigots kill us in the streets, this pack of wolves will continue to BASH BACK!
We are everywhere.
Googling "Bash Back!" I found more than 23,000 hits with this Wikipedia entry:
Bash Back! is a network of radical, anti-authoritarian queer projects within the United States. Bash Back! seeks to critique the ideology of mainstream GLBTQ movement, which the group sees as dedicated to obtaining straight privilege by assimilation into the dominant institutions of a heteronormative society. Bash Back! chapters employ direct action to confront capitalism and all interrelated forms of oppression, especially focusing on exposing the gay mainstream and the dangers of gay assimilationism and homonormativity. Bash Back! is noticeably influenced by the anarchist movement and other radical queer groups, such as ACT UP and Gay Shame. Many within the group also draw significant inspiration from events like the Stonewall Riots and the White Night Riots.
The national media has been remarkably quiet about this development. What does it mean? Last week my car was totaled by the actions of a young man attempting suicide by running and leaping directly before me. The next day a Lansing Church was under assault. This all sounds remarkably what Fr. Seraphim Rose, the Russian Orthodox priest sounding early alarms wrote of in his book, ORTHODOXY AND THE RELIGION OF THE FUTURE. Spirits of suicide and chaos are out and about!
The scriptures clearly warned us that perilous times were coming for Christians in the last days. It appears that they are now here.
Stay strong, stay tuned. I will be updating and refining this article, so refresh often!