Saturday, June 11, 2011

Marriage Defender Hit in Head by Bottle: TFP in Action

"These bully tactics do not even slightly dampen my resolve to continue
promoting the truth about marriage in charity," said TFP volunteer Michael

BY Rebecca Millette

FAIRPORT, New York, June 6, 2011 ( – Volunteers with the
American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property (TFP)
were attacked while peacefully demonstrating in support for marriage in
Fairport, New York, on June 2. 

Watch a video of the attack here. PHONE NUMBER POSTED ON YOUTUBE SITE IN

The group was peacefully holding signs in support of marriage and
distributing flyers titled “10 Reasons Why Homosexual ‘Marriage’ Is
Harmful and Must Be Opposed.” The pamphlet calls on New Yorkers to firmly
and peacefully resist the advance of the gay rights movement.

Young demonstrators were approached by a pro-homosexual man who knocked down
and tore to pieces the group’s thirteen foot long banner, inscribed with
the words “God’s Marriage = 1 Man & 1 Woman.” 

Immediately afterward, the man threatened to destroy the group’s camera.
“I’ll smash your camera,” he said. 

Approaching another TFP volunteer who was holding a sign that read “Honk
for Traditional Marriage,” the man said: “Are you going to give me your
sign, or do I need to rip it up too!?”

During the same demonstration, a passerby in a moving vehicle threw a beer
bottle at TFP volunteer Michael Shibler. The glass bottle hit him on the
forehead, causing it to swell and bleed. Local police are investigating both

“These bully tactics do not even slightly dampen my resolve to continue
promoting the truth about marriage in charity. Our cause is noble and we
will win,” said Shibler. 

“Some say that same-sex ‘marriage’ doesn’t harm or affect anybody.
Well, I think my throbbing forehead is a good example of how it does harm
people. Anti-family proponents would like to completely silence my first
amendment right to free speech,” he said. “While demanding tolerance for
what they call ‘diversity,’ they are utterly intolerant of opposing

TFP is a Catholic organization rooted in a mission to fighting what they
call the “Culture War” in the front lines, by peacefully defending the
values of tradition, family and private ownership.

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