Chicago, llinois — A Chicago man that is an outspoken activist, including with Occupy Chicago, recently defended his tirade against a homeless man that was reading his Bible during last Friday’s Chick-fil-A “Kiss-In.”
Blogger Anne Sorock, who was at Chick-fil-A that evening, captured the encounter on video and wrote about what she witnessed on her website “Legal Insurrection.” She states that twenty to thirty individuals protested outside of Chick-fil-A at approximately 7 p.m., and some of the homosexual attendees began kissing in opposition to the restaurant’s stance on same-sex “marriage.”
But then, she said, she saw some of the protesters gathering around a Christian man who was also sitting outside.
“While there, a group formed around an elderly African-American homeless man, who was reading his Bible while seated along a fence rail off to the side of the protest,” Sorock explained. “Some in the group confronted the man, who was reading the Bible aloud, and engaged him in theological debates. A few others took the opportunity to mock the man, which I captured on video.”
One main complainant especially took time to speak his mind against what the man stood for.
“Your Bible in itself is immoral,” he proclaimed in the video.
The homeless man then asked, “Are you a homsexual?”
“No, I am not,” the man replied, waving his arms. “But I am tired of your hypocrisy, sir. I am tired of the hypocrisy coming out of these books!”
The homeless man then commented that he believed the man hated God.
“I do hate God,” he admitted. “Because the God that you want, the God that you worship, stones rape victims. That is the God that you worship, sir.”
A man next to him called out, “My daddy was a preacher, and sir, you are no preacher.”
Another man appeared holding a rainbow flag, and said about the homeless man, “He likes gay men — young gay men.”
The video then showed that messages in chalk were written on the sidewalk next to the homeless man, such as, “He’s gay deep down,” with an arrow pointing towards him.
Following the tirade against the homeless man, Sorock approached him to ask why he believed that people wrote the sidewalk messages.
“They’re going against God; they’re not going against me,” he said. “See, their problem is with God. They don’t want God telling them, ‘Thus saith the Lord.”
Days after Sorock posted about the experience online, the main protester left a comment identifying himself as Spencer Thayer.
“The preacher was equating gay people to pigs and Satan,” he claimed. “He was being loud and rude while using his Bible to interrupt the event with the intent of shaming people’s lifestyles. He has his right to free speech, just as I had every right to call him out…”
“This ‘preacher’ was nothing but a bigot,” Thayer added. “(Expletive) everyone who agrees with him.”
Sorock then identified Thayer as being a well-known Chicago activist.
“The person in the video certainly looks like the Spencer ‘Thunderball’ Thayer, who was a longtime Chicago-area activist, most recently with the Occupy Chicago movement leading a crowd in October 2011 in a chant of ‘We are the 99%,'” she outlined. “Thayer also was a member of a group ‘Chicago Cop Watch’ whose goal, ironically enough, was to videotape police. Thayer also was an advocate of the ‘Chicago Principles’ during the NATO summit, a set of defining principles for all of the groups protesting NATO to keep dissent from getting out. Thayer’s Twitter account has an Occupy graphic as his profile picture and many anti-capitalist tweets.”
Sorock disagrees with Thayer that the homeless man was loud or rude.
“I will always remember that street preacher holding his Bible as the crowd taunted him,” she reflected. “I am grateful to have witnessed this man’s quiet strength and dignity.”
Last month, Chicago mayor Rahm Immanuel told the media that Chick-fil-A is not welcome in his city because it supports Biblical marriage.
“Chick-Fil-A values are not Chicago values,” he stated. “They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents. … This would be a bad investment, since it would be empty.”
However, Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day broke records across the country for its massive turnout on August 1st. Despite a few incidents of protest against the restaurant chain, such as the Arizona man who bullied a drive-thru employee while taking free water in order to “nickel and dime it” from the company, and the “Tastes Like Hate” vandalism in Torrence, California, Chick-fil-A has received overwhelming support from citizens nationwide.