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Militant Christian Watch: Repent Amarillo

Posted in Activism, News, Religion, Stuff to do, Videos, You Fucked Up! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2010 by Chase

First they came for the swingers…

This was not activism or “witnessing” as members of Repent Amarillo like to call it. This was a campaign of harrasment and intimidation against members of the Route 66 club that went on for over a year, until the club was shut down. They even showed up at house parties held on private property. And I thought Texans valued our property rights…

(from the Dallas Observer) “At first, the swinger community was mystified by the attention. On the 60-some hours of surveillance footage the Meads have, a swinger can be heard telling a Repent member that the swingers haven’t done anything to bother them.“You’re going to hell, and it bothers me,” Grisham responds. “What bothers me is you’re going to hell.”

“Perhaps the most insidious tactic Repent uses is trying to destroy the reputation of the swingers. In Amarillo, people can be ostracized over a whiff of impropriety. On one tape, Grisham directs followers to get the license-plate numbers in the Route 66 parking lot. “A new couple can be here three or four hours,” says Mac. “Whenever they leave, the Repent Amarillo group will call them by first and last name, know where they live, know where they work, just within a very few hours.” Read more

The group’s website displays a list of who they plan to target next. They’ve already started to go after a wildlife center (for allegedly hosting pagan “earth circles”), and a coffee shop (for being a queer/pagan hangout). They’ve also shut down the opening night production of a play that included gay subject matter. But guess what’s number one on their posted to do list? Gay pride events. No suprise there.

Check out our good friend Hardy Haberman’s column in the Dallas Voice to learn more. And join this Anti-Repent Amarillo facebook group.

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