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Wisconsin's junior-league 'Fred Phelps' loses 'free speech' lawsuit

“It isn’t the message we (motorists) don’t like, it’s the fact that we can’t get home on time. You could probably have sold Old Dutch root beer and got the same attention.”
— U.S. District Judge John Shabaz ruling that the “spectacle” created by Ralph Ovadal’s anti-gay banners on an overpass created a traffic hazard

Ralph Ovadal. What a piece of work this bastard is. As pastor of Pilgrims Covenant Church in Monroe, Wisconsin, he feels compelled to preach the word of homophobia all over the country, a junior-league Rotting CryptkeeperTM.

A federal court has ruled that a conservative pastor’s rights to free speech were not violated when police ordered him to remove homophobic banners from a highway overpass.

Pastor Ralph Ovadal filed a lawsuit against the city of Madison and the Madison Police Department following two incidents on a pedestrian bridge over a busy city thoroughfare in September and October 2003.

Hanging a large banner proclaiming “homosexuality is a sin” from the bridge, Ovadal and his followers yelled homophobic slurs.

Ovadal’s view of the world is that other religions don’t deserve the same rights and respect as Christianity and that the “Sodomite War Machine” is working to destroy a Christian America.

Every year, this nation tolerates and embraces new abominations. This year, the perversion being mainstreamed is “same-sex marriage.” But God created and instituted marriage, not man. Sodomite couplings never have been and never will be marriage. Today, I want to share five reasons why so-called same-sex marriage stirs up the wrath of God and will bring even more judgment on our land.

— Ralph Ovadal, pastor of Pilgrims Covenant Church, in one of his many sermons

I covered this windbag before. Let’s revisit some of the tripe on his web site:

For the past several decades, the homosexual movement has engaged in a massive public relations campaign aimed at demonizing anyone who dares to suggest that American citizens should have a right to discriminate–to use good judgment–when dealing with persons involved in homosexual activity. That campaign has borne bitter fruit.

Open homosexuals, bisexuals, cross-dressers, and transgenders now serve as legislators, judges, policemen, medical technicians, food service workers, teachers, and adopters of children. This is a tragic situation given the fact that the homosexual community is the source of a greatly disproportionate amount of violence, sexual assault, and disease; and it brings the judgment of God upon our land.

An example of the low-rent Westboro Baptist Church stuff:

Pilgrims Covenant Church members at a Monroe Gospel Witness, Monroe, Wisconsin, September 3, 2005.

And how about unhinged sh*t like this from Ovadal; he could be an up and coming Peter LaBarbera (gee, I haven’t heard from him yet; I wonder why?):

The homosexual life is a violent one. Many common homosexual acts themselves do violence to the body. Beyond that, sado-masochism, the intentional infliction of pain for perverse sexual gratification, is very popular in the homosexual community. And even the homosexuals have begun to admit that there is a disproportionate amount of “domestic violence” in their communities, violence directed inward.

Unfortunately, the homosexual community also projects violence outward, as any dispassionate study of history and current events reveals. For instance, considering the small percentage of the world’s population which claims to be homosexual at any given time, the incidence of members of that community committing rape culminating in murder is shocking!

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