Teaching Tolerance in Portland: the Progressive style...
Those Gideons who were at Cleveland were on the public sidewalk offering students a copy of the New Testament as they left school for the day. As usual, some took it and others didn't. Into this story enters our would-be progressive hero/savior.
As I was told it, a truck pulled up with a man in it. He parked waiting for his children. My Gideon friend told me that he thought the guy could be trouble but he just went on with his distribution. After a while the man got out of his truck and went into the school to pick up his kids. He returned with the children, walking past the Gideon who offered a copy of the scripture to his children. His children got in the truck. He got in the truck and after a few minutes got back out of the truck to confront the Gideon.
It wasn't a physical assault but from what I gathered in talking with the Gideon in question it was very unsettling and somewhat threatening. Now I don't have a transcript of the conversation but I believe it was along the lines of;
Progressive "I don't think you should be here."
Gideon "I'm on the public sidewalk and it's my constitutional right."
Progressive "I don't think you should be here." “I think you should move!”
If you copy and paste the above three lines repeatedly I think you'll have the feel for the depth of the constitutional and philosophical argument being put forth by this progressively-minded Portlander.
The best was yet to come, for as our hero finally returned to his truck and drove his children, now safe from the horrors of God's Word, off into the sunset, across the back of the pickup's canopy was a large "peace symbol" and the words, "Teach Tolerance"…
And they say the church is full of hypocrites. LOL!