Friday, March 09, 2007

San Francisco Pulls In the Welcome Mat

"What's so offensive about teens finding hope in God and not in a bed, a bottle, or a pill?" asks 18 year old Charlotte Hamilton, one of the organizers of the upcoming Battle Cry rally in San Francisco, set to happen this weekend. Battle Cry is an organization that is "inspiring hundreds of thousands of teens across the United States to rise up, reject destructive pop culture messages, and recreate teen culture on their own terms." More power to them, I say.

Unfortunately, the City of San Francisco disagrees with me, to the point that the city's Entertainment Commission is imposing what amounts to custom noise restrictions for the group's planned rally at AT&T Park; stricter than those imposed for mainstream rock concerts.

I especially liked this quote from the editorial staff of the San Francisco Chronicle, in regards to last year's rally:
"...the attempt by counter protesters and some of the city's elected officials to call them 'fascist' and 'hateful' was totally at odds with the tone of the ballpark event... The young people who came to San Francisco to affirm their faith... deserved to be welcomed by a city that was as tolerant and progressive as its sanctimonious supervisors like to profess."

Don't hold back. Tell us how you really feel.

You can read the full press release on the Battle Cry website.

[HT: Air1 Radio]

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