By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
A group of Catholics campaigning for traditional marriage were assaulted by homosexual activists at a busy intersection in Warwick, Rhode Island.
According to a report from the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP), young Catholic volunteers who are participating in a program to promote traditional marriage in New York, Maine and Rhode Island, were attacked on July 29 as they stood holding signs in support of traditional marriage on a busy Rhode Island street.
Volunteer, Rex Teodosio described the scene: “We were at a busy intersection, getting strong support for traditional marriage. Three women approached us — one threw mayonnaise, while the other two grappled with our photographer.
“Then we were sprayed with mace. Finally, a burly woman got out of a car and punched our photographer in the face. They shouted obscenities the whole time.
“It happened suddenly. But we got the license plate number of the second car; someone in the first car had covered its license plate with a shirt. We filed a report with the police.”
Police at Warwick station responded promptly and have opened a case.
Pro-homosexual individuals have thrown water bottles, pesticide, rotten eggs and soda at TFP volunteers since they began their campaign, known as St. Joseph Caravans, on July 15. But the incident in Warwick marks the first time the Catholic group was pepper sprayed, punched and had a member sustain head injuries.
“So much for tolerance,” said Joseph Ferrara who was hit by the attackers. “Homosexual activists talk about tolerance, but everyone who saw the attack, saw their ‘tolerance’ in action.”
He added: “For me, these attacks reinforced my resolve to defend traditional family values. It’s so important.”
Pictures and video footage of the assault are helping the investigation.
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