Here’s some local news from Phoenix: Last night a street preacher ended up with a bruised shin after being “rammed” when he tried to stop a mormon woman in an electric chair from attending a service at the Arizona Mormon Temple.
The confrontations between Mormon worshipers and those who think they need saving have been going on for decades outside the Arizona Temple and longer than that at other places, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said.
But Pursifull and his fellow street preachers have ratcheted up the vitriol in the past few years, creating a toxic mix of faith and fury on the sidewalks outside the temple each Easter.
It has gotten so bad that a more moderate group of Phoenix evangelicals has vowed to skip their annual trip to preach outside the pageant until Pursifull and his crew tone it down.
I remember how effective Fred Phelps was when he and his followers spent a morning shouting at our parishioners in Bethlehem one Sunday morning. A few people stayed away; but, the rest of us were even more committed to the principle of the full inclusion of all people into the Church as a result.
I wonder what the Arizona street preachers think they’re witnessing to by their antics… Near as I can tell, their primary motivation is to accumulate more “conversion” success stories (or failing that persecution stories) that they can hang on their belts to prove to themselves and others that God loves them more.