A gay couple living in the Texas Panhandle town of Clarendon fear for their lives after someone painted "Leave or Die Fags" on their front porch. Jeremy Jeffers and Joshua Harrison say that neighbors have acted strange ever since a local pastor penned an anti-gay ad comparing homosexuality to pedophilia in the newspaper.
Pronews 7 has more on the anti-gay ad titled "The Homosexual Movement":
The newspaper advertisement was published in the Clarendon Enterprise. Written by Clarendon Church of Christ Pastor Chris Moore, the ad depicted the alleged platform of the 'Homosexual Movement.'
In the ad, Moore used the National Coalition of Gay Organizations as his source. A Pronews 7 investigation found virtually no information on the coalition other than it was a convention from 1972 -- 40 years ago.
The ad listed seven bullet points that warn residents about the homosexual movement, including a line that said "Folks, don't be fooled, the 'gay' agenda isn't about 'equal' rights for gay couples. Their agenda would force everyone to compromise their values, make our children legal prey for pedofiles."
"It's funny that two weeks after this article comes out in the newspaper that people in town are starting to be rude to us and then we get out front porch vandalized," Joshua said.
Though he stands by his vitriol, Pastor Moore won't defend the anti-gay vandalism that appeared at the couple's home. "What I wrote was facts and if I wrote something that wasn't factual - I would gladly fix it," said the pastor. "I don't condone that type of behavior. It is un-Christian to vandalize or be violent to anybody."
Hmm. How about start by fixing and fact checking the entire piece?
The pair said that they are now considering leaving their home out of fear for their lives.
"We are trying to leave," said Joshua. "I'm absolutely terrified because if there are people in this town that are willing to go to the lengths to vandalize our house and to scare us, they they might be going the lengths to do physical harm on us."
(Source and images: Pronews 7)