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Indiana Church Burns Gay Flag

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: November 8, 2005 9:00 pm ET

(Bloomington, Indiana) Members of an Indiana church opposed to homosexuality demonstrated on the campus of Indiana University then marched to a Bloomington gay-owned store where they burned the Rainbow flag.

Carrying signs that said "Fags Die, God Laughs" the group of about 25 denounced the university for its LGBT diversity program. The group has held a number of anti-gay protests at UI over the past few years but, the campus newspaper, The Indiana Daily Student, said this was the largest.

Some of the protestors brought children singing hymns.

From the university campus the group marched to The Inner Chef a gay-owned kitchen supply store in Bloomington where they set a gay flag called New Glory on fire.

New Glory combines the Rainbow flag with the stars of Old Glory in a gay version of the US flag.

Police quickly intervened and stomped out the blaze but not before most of the flag was destroyed.

"The elite city of Bloomington harbors an elitist, faggot business called The Inner Chef which openly and unabashedly claim they are against God Almighty," John Lewis, pastor of the Old Paths church, told the Daily Student. "We burned the flag, and we will do it again."

Inner Chef co-owner Stephen Chambers called the protest "troubling" but told the paper that he was confident the people of Bloomington were supportive of him.

"It's hard to get terribly upset about it," he said. "As a gay person, I've dealt with prejudice all my life. But it's kind of sad that there are people that have such a twisted view of what Christianity is about."

The protest came less than a month after two teenagers stole and burned a similar Rainbow flag that had been hanging outside the store. (story)

A witness saw the teens take the flag and took a picture of their license plate with a cell phone camera. Police later tracked the plate and arrested the pair. They have been charged with theft.

The teens told police they thought the flag was unpatriotic.

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