Dispatches reports on violence against a counter demonstrator at an anti-gay marriage rally:
Sarah Loy, 27, of Worcester was holding a sign in defense of same-sex marriage amid a sea of green "Let the People Vote" signs when Larry Cirignano of Canton, who heads the Catholic Citizenship group, ran into the crowd, grabbed her by both shoulders and told her, "You need to get out. You need to get out of here right now." Mr. Cirignano then pushed her to the ground, her head slamming against the concrete sidewalk.
As Ms. Loy lay motionless on the ground, crying, Mr. Cirignano ran back behind the lectern, where moments before he had opened the afternoon rally by leading a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Ed then makes one of the most on-target commentaries I have ever read about the whole event:
I'd love to see the schedule for this event.
12:45 Recite pledge of allegiance in the name of God to a country that guarantees freedom of speech for all citizens.
12:47 Throw a woman to the ground and give her a concussion for actually practicing that freedom of speech
12:49 Praise God for giving us the strength to cause concussions in said woman.
Believe me, I would loved to have been holding that sign when Cirignano made his move - he would still be seeing stars. But it sounds like this guy wouldn't have had the guts to aggressively approach anyone but a woman anyway.
Unfortunately, I wonder if this isn't becoming the norm for pro-Catholic advocates - again, this is one of the major reasons I left Catholicism: the Catholics I grew up with would not have tolerated this man within the church - now, it seems they not only tolerate, but welcome this kind of sick reaction to someone they disagree with. Cirignano should not only be arrested and jailed for assault and battery, he ought to be excommunicated by the church for representing Catholicism in such a violent manner. But I bet he gives handsomely to the church, so we know that isn't going to happen.