Christian Group in Texas a 'Party of God" which Harasses Town
“Repent Amarillo” is the name of an evangelical Christian group which is reportedly terrorizing the town of Amarillo, Texas.
Think Progress, March 5, 2010Repent has struck with some success at many of its enemies within the town. A community theater attempted to open “Bent,” a play about the persecution of homosexuals during Nazi Germany. But the day before opening night, Repent members helped shut down the play by calling in fire marshals to complain about the theater’s permit.
The group targets a wide range of community members from gays, liberal Christians, and Muslims, to environmentalists, to various “spring break events,” and pornography shops; apparently in the belief that their theological rights and duties are threatened by such.
On its website, a “Warfare Map” names its adversaries in town.
A blogger by the name of Charles Johnson has called the group an “American Taliban because the group’s moniker “Army of God” is a rough translation of “Hezbollah.”
Led by a man named David Grisham, the group was catapulted to national media attention when it rallied against Houston's election of an openly gay mayor.
Hearkening back to the 1920s Christian "terrorists" who used to expose Reverends who had mistresses, the group began attacking a secret swingers club this past January.
According to a new exposé by the Texas Observer, Repent set out earlier this year to destroy a discreet club of swingers they discovered in town. On New Years eve, the harassment began, with Repent members, almost exclusively young men, showing up in military fatigues and bullhorns, blaring Christian music at the swingers’ club building. The swingers, made up of “regulars” of middle aged, working class couples, were then stalked at every following visit to the club. Repent not only took video of each member, but obtained the swingers’ license plates and dug through their trash, informing neighbors and coworkers of what was once private.
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