Christian Coalition head arrested for role in anti-gay-rights petition.

Further proof that various members of the so-called Religious Right will go to any lengths to force their views on the rest of us comes from The Herald Tribune out of Florida.

The head of the Miami-Dade County Christian Coalition and another man were arrested Friday on charges they falsely certified a petition seeking a referendum that would repeal Miami-Dade County’s gay rights ordinance.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement officers charged Anthony Verdugo Jr., the coalition’s chairman, with one count of false swearing. They also charged Ralph Patterson with unlawful use of a notary commission, said Chip Thullbery, a spokesman for the Polk County State Attorney’s Office. That office was appointed as special prosecutor in the Miami case.

Verdugo and his group are part of Take Back Miami-Dade, which is trying to repeal the portion of a county ordinance that bans discrimination against anyone based on their sexual orientation.

Thullbery said Verdugo lied when he signed paperwork saying he had witnessed people signing the petition.

“It would mean either that the people didn’t sign at all, or they didn’t sign in his presence,” Thullbery said.

Rather than raise enough signatures the legal way, by actually having people sign their petitions, these two jokers decided that they already knew everyone would be in favor of their petition and just made up a bunch of signatures on it. Verdugo’s lawyer defended the men’s actions with the usual religious right loony-tunes claims of Christian persecution.

His attorney, Rosa Armesto, said the arrests were part of an anti-Christian conspiracy.

“Christians are being persecuted in this town by the homosexual mafia who contribute money to the campaign coffers of officials,” she told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “Why are they so afraid of letting the citizens of Dade County vote? It’s very curious that they’ve made these arrests just before the election.”

Homosexual mafia? They have their own mafia now? That’ll add a new twist to the next episode of The Sopranos I’m sure. Apparently these aren’t even the first arrests in this case and the authorities think they may end up arresting a few more people before they’re done. Yes, another shining example of the love, tolerance, and understanding that Jesus taught in the Bible.

9 thoughts on “Christian Coalition head arrested for role in anti-gay-rights petition.

  1. Christian persecution? Has there ever really been such a thing as christian persecution? I remember that there was persecution of others BY christians such as everybodys favorite – the inquisition. I remember that the colonists who left England because they refused to adhere to the kings religion soon began persecuting those that they to believed to be witches. I know there are assholes like reverend Fred Phelps and his idiotic flock that picket the funerals…THE FUNERALS of people who have died of aids because as we all know “god hates fags”. There are christian terrorists that bomb abortion clinics, murder physicians, and make death threats against a man who would have the audacity to suggest that the words ‘under god’ should be removed from the pledge of allegiance.

    You may think I am christian bashing but here’s a little something for those poor persecuted christians : Matthew 7:1-5 Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in your eye? You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.

    If it seems familiar it is because it is in that big black book you can find in the church. Do yourself and the rest of us a favor if you consider yourself religous…read it.

  2. Well there was that brief period with the Romans and the lions and all that stuff, but otherwise it seems to me the Christians have been on the other side of the persecution table more often than not over the last several centuries. But hey the whole cry-victim thing works so well!

  3. All these “Born again” yahoos want to meet Jesus ?
    They should meet him half-way.
    I’ll supply the rope.

  4. Wow,
    After taking a good look at the national Christian Coalition of America’s website, I have to say, wow.
    Being a devout episocopalian myself, I strongly oppose every last one of their bills to the death. Do the words “Separation of Church and State” mean anything to these wackos? One of the major elements of the first amendment was not only to protect those who didn’t worship, but who worshipped differently. Say I support the gay bishop of New Hampshire (true), can I be “tried” for being a sinner-lover in national court because some fundementalist bastards think that “their denomination should be the basis of the government”??
    Wars between Calvinist doctrine and Evangelism in the Baptists could ravage our nation! I think that if the Civil Rights pundits haven’t waged all-out war, they need to.

  5. Wow and I was impressed when Chad Everett spoke to you Les. Now you’ve got God doing the blog thing. You da man!
    Did He leave a valid email address?

  6. That was God? Where’s the thunder and lightening and all the imposing special effects his appearance is supposed to be accompanied by? Moses at least got that stupid burning bush. I’m so disappointed.

  7. Well, if you’re going to do crime it should at least be organized and pretty, don’t ya think? Crimes should be easy on the eye, using lots of muted, tasteful colors. And it would be garish to commit them before 6:PM. Oh and why gun someone down when it’s more elegant to slap and kick and pull hair.

    It’s coming: Queer Eye For The Criminal Guy, or something.

    I’ve SO got to write an entry about roving bands of psychotic homosexual renegades in America that someone warned us of.

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