SEATTLE — A street preacher was knocked to the ground and repeatedly punched and kicked by attendees of a homosexual pride event in Seattle this past weekend.
The incident, which was captured on video, began escalating when a man angrily approached one of two Christian men who were attending the event to witness to homosexuals. One of the Christians was carrying a sign that read “Jesus saves from sin” on one side and “Repent or else” on the other. A second man, who was wearing a t-shirt that read “Trust Jesus,” was holding a Bible.
According to reports, police had heard an argument in the area moments earlier, but decided to move along.
In the video, one attendee takes off his shirt as he approaches the man holding the sign and begins to threaten him closely to his face. A woman then pursues the man holding a Bible and aggressively follows him, yelling, “If I were you, I would (expletive) leave.” The man, seeming to ignore the woman, walks away, but the male attendee walks up to him a few feet away and shoves him from behind.
Moments later, the woman approaches the man with a sign and begins screaming and blurting out profanity.
“What about the Law?” she asks at the top of her lungs. “Is it your job to judge, yes or no?”
Another female then walks up with a third woman and attempts to grab the sign. The women and others then gang up on the Christian and attempt to pull on the sign, following him as he walks away. Another attendee comes in between them and attempts to stop the women from acting out against the preacher.
However, yet another man then begins following the Christian, and successfully latches onto the sign. The two then tussle briefly for control. The crowd begins to cheer.
When the first man sees what is taking place, he comes running and beats the Christian to the ground. He then repeatedly punches the man in the head, while the attendee who had latched onto the sign kicks the Christian in his back.
A girl in a halter top also runs toward the assault, which has attracted a crowd, and begins yanking forcefully on the plastic pole supporting the sign and bending it upward to destroy it. The man with the Bible then approaches in an attempt to stop the attendee from punching his friend, and others move in to break up what the police describe as a “melee.”
Officers moved in seconds later and arrested 36-year-old Jason Queree of Marysville, and well as a yet unidentified 22-year-old man. Both men, who were later released, are now facing possible misdemeanor assault charges.
According to KOMO News, Queree “has been arrested 29 times since 1995. He has been convicted or otherwise found against for nine felonies, including forgery, stolen property, unlawful firearm possession and theft, and 12 misdemeanors, including driving with a suspended license, vehicle prowl, domestic violence, assault, DUI and criminal trespass.”
The individual who recorded the footage writes on YouTube that while he disagreed with the message of the preachers, he believed that they had a “constitutional right to be in public and preach.”
“I think it is tragic that some of the people who justifiably want tolerance in their life, deny that same tolerance to others,” he wrote of the attendees of the pride event. “I commend the responding Seattle PD officers for the professional way they handled this situation.”