September 17, 2011 brought us a crisp but sunny morning, and those of us who live in New Hampshire came dressed to greet the cold temperatures. We also came prepared with a message for Exodus "International"; hate won't be sold to us.
Protesters started gathering prior to 8:00 AM even though the conference wasn't starting until 9:00 AM. As I pulled up to our location I started to smile realizing that our numbers already were healthy, and this protest has succeeded. Each person came with a hand made sign that lovingly invited Exodus conference members to remember that God loves them just the way He made them.
We later gathered at the corner of the half empty parking lot and listened to some speakers give their testimony while Exodus members peered at us from a distance. Two representatives came over and made clear that we were welcome to come in and join them, to which we declined. Here are some of the testimonials heard:
Judging by the head count we did as people rode in there could not have been more than forty or so participants, church regulars included, at this "North Atlantic Regional Conference". Wayne Besen explains why:
We also had a little run in with a church volunteer that stopped to tell us that we were on private property, which we knew to be untrue, and was later confirmed by the police captain who stopped by to let us know everything was OK. Here's a video of the exchange with that volunteer, who would not give his name:
Many thanks to all those who came out, pun intended. Peace and love to one and all!