Scene at the ironically-named “Inclusive Love Prayer Concert.” Photo from PassionTimes.
Thousands of members of the Hong Kong chapter of the Christian Taliban gathered last Saturday at a park outside the Tamar government headquarters to implore Jeebus to prevent the passing of a law that would outlaw discrimination against sexual minorities. Organisers called their event an “Inclusive Love Praying Concert”. Because praying for the striking down of an anti-discrimination law is a fantastic way of showing people that Jeebus loves them.
The ironically-named prayer and protest rally drew 5,000 attendees according to the police, but organisers from the Evangelical Free Church of China Yan Fook Church claimed ten times as many people showed up. (Either the police is lying or the church. We wonder which.)
Said rally spokesperson Reverend Jayson Tam of the proposed legislation, “If this becomes the law, those who oppose homosexuality will have their freedom of speech and religion curtailed.”
Attendees of the event interviewed by South China Morning Post said they were against homosexuality because it was “against the idea of family in traditional Chinese culture” and “against our Christian values”. (Would they support the one-man-many-wives system prevalent in “traditional China” and ancient biblical times, one wonders.)
Also present at the prayer rally was a small group of counter-protestors holding up rainbow signs and images of the Goddess of Mercy. (Watch loving Jeebus adherents shoo them away below).
An interesting appearance was made by the former actress Kelly Yao Wei who took the stage at one point during the event. Her husband is the billionaire Cecil Chao Sze-tsung, who made international headlines last September by offering HK$500 million to any man who is able to turn their lesbian daughter straight.
According to The Standard:
[Yao Wei] told the crowd from the stage: “I was heartbroken when my daughter told me for the first time that she is homosexual.
“My relations with my daughter became worse. When I was on holiday, I always cried loudly.”
Yao said she started mending her relations with her daughter when she became a Christian.
But when Gigi told her she planned to marry her girlfriend last year, she felt sad again.
A government source cited by the South China Morning Post has said that chief executive Leung Chun-Ying would drop public consultation on the proposed legislation in his upcoming policy address, despite earlier pledges by Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam Chi- yuen that the government was “open-minded whether a public consultation should be launched”.
The source added that there was “no timetable” within the government for rolling out the consultation because “livelihood matters” would come first.
The city’s first openly-gay lawmaker Raymond Chan has called on gay groups to reject Leung’s policy address if there was no consultation.
“Someone might say equality of sexual orientation is not as pressing as new houses or elderly welfare,” he told SCMP. “But I’d say it’s very urgent – the government has procrastinated on this for over a decade.”
Video report from INTNewsChannel:
Loving Jeebus adherents shoo away counter-protestors:
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