First Grader Faces Down Street Preacher

“Zea faces down a fire and brimstone street preacher, at a festival in Columbus, the day after the SCOTUS marriage equality ruling.” 230K views already.

(Tipped by JMG reader Ray)

  • JT

    You go, girl!

  • RobynWatts

    The kids are all right, especially this one!

    As for the street preacher…….STFU already!

  • Gustav2

    Comfest is always fun.

    • ZhyKitty

      I love their impact statement of beliefs.
      That looks cool!

      • Gustav2

        In Columbus, old hippies never die, they buy a house/have kids and go to Comfest every year.

    • Oh’behr

      Wow. This preacher showed up to spew hate at that event. I’m glad the girl showed him the flag.

    • fuzzybits

      Still miss Libby. She owned King Ave. Coffee House and was one of the founders of Comfest.

      • Gustav2


  • Sam_Handwich

    who the hell would badger a child like that?

    add ‘mental illness’ to the tags

    • JT

      It’s what fundies have always done: scare the children, the earlier the better. That way you warp them for life.

      • David Ehrenstein

        But the kids not scared. She’s not even speaking to him.. She knows she doesn’t have to.

        • JT

          She’s probably been told not to feed the crazy man.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            “Are you more disciplined and restrained than a first grader?”

            I would apparently lose that game show big-time.

      • Chucktech

        And they fully admit it, too. They even call it the “4-14 Window.” If you can get them between the ages of 4 and 14, you may just get them for life. Any younger and they don’t understand enough. Any older, and they’ll laugh you right off of your jesus soapbox.

        • Rambie

          Indoctrinate the children while they are young is one of the main reasons the “home schooling” and “charter” school movement started.

          Also the reason behind the “voucher” system to de-fund public schools and funnel that money to their needs.

          • Chucktech

            And also remember the “Good News Clubs” that chrisitanists are setting up in PUBLIC schools, enticing kids with candy and sweets to come learn about jesus. Just despicable.

    • Todd20036

      She doesn’t even understand what he is saying. The adults love her, and here is this idiot bloviating about his invisible sky fairy. And yes, anyone who hangs with 12 other men if almost certainly a fairy

      • ZhyKitty

        At that age, she understands WHAT he is saying…but perhaps not WHY he is saying it. She just knows it’s ugly and mean.

        • Strepsi

          …and at his age, HE still doesn’t understand WHY he is saying it either!

      • clay

        He’s saying Jesus would give her adults to love and care for her, and her come adults to love and care for her, and none of them are spouting his angry bullshit.

    • David Milley

      When I was that age, I had a Sunday school teacher who took way too much
      delight in all those virtuous heathens burning in hell. I can still see
      her face getting in mine, and remember the moment I thought, “She’s
      lying.” That woman wore the face of
      the man in that video. That was the moment I stopped believing any of it.

      Being seven, I said, “But that’s not fair.” The next week, they put me
      into the second grade class, where we sprouted lima seeds.

      carefully at the little girl with the rainbow flag, the way her shoulders square when she realizes that she’s
      not facing him alone. Look at her dawning pride when she realizes that the
      adults want to lend their support.

      We’re seeing a moment that will help define the proud, strong woman this little girl will become.

      • StillALiberal

        I was brought up in the Church of England which is mostly very moderate and reasonable but I remember when I was a kid and this totally evangelical couple moved into my street and joined our local church.
        One day, my sister and I were watching one of my mothers Elvis videos (Roustabout) at home when they came to visit. When the scene with a fortune teller came on the fundie got up and switched off our TV saying “CRYSTAL BALLS ARE EVIL. Children should not be watching them!”. We both looked at each other with a “WTF” stunned expression on our faces. Not only did we think it was odd because we thought fortune tellers are a harmless bit of nonsense, what really stunned us was the sheer arrogance and rudeness to switch off some else TV in their own HOUSE!
        Probably this incident helped me declare myself an atheist aged only 11 (and a little bit I preferred playing footy on Sunday mornings instead of being boring in church !) and I have never looked back.
        Hopefully the little girl looks at religion in the same way when she growns up.

        • Edmund Allin

          I’m CoE too, and must admit, I like it. πŸ™‚

          • 2karmanot

            Yep, with all the drag, decorations, and music without the guilt.

          • Edmund Allin

            Now also with same-sex marriages. πŸ™‚

      • 2karmanot

        My moment of ‘Ah Ha’ came when Sister Mary Five Wounds was explaining the Immaculate Something, Something, Ascension into Heaven of the Virgin Holy Mother. It was about the time of the first satellite. We were learning about gravity and all, so I asked if gravity would affect her ascent. Would she be pulled into the gravitational pull of Pluto for example. The answer: “Somethings are holy mysteries, now go stand in the corner.” Weeks later I spit on the altar, but was not smited or anything. Thus, ended my faith.

        • Was her name really Sister Mary Five Wounds or are you being funny? That beats Sister Sensible Shoes as a fun nun name.

    • grada3784

      Jesus did say something about making the little children suffer.

      • Langalf

        No, no he did not. Not funny.

        • grada3784

          I joke about it, but the churches are doing it.

          EDIT: BTW, you’d best be prepared to clutch your pearls a lot here. Plenty of people talk about priestly predators and their hierarchical enablers..

      • Wasn’t something like that mentioned in Sophie’s Choice?

    • ZhyKitty

      That’s exactly what they do when you’re little at a Southern Baptist revival…just like that, till you’re crying and want to go hide behind your mother instead of sitting with the other kids.

      They get right in your face and scream about hell being so dark, you can’t see your hand in front of your face and your mommy can’t hear you screaming for her – and she will never come…only the devil, to tear you apart with his pitchfork.

      • Ian

        I never understood that. I was always told that you get more bees with honey and not vinegar. My Lutheran upbringing (the good kind) didn’t even mention Hell. Sin was bad and we all committed it, but Hell was not something on my radar growing up. What’s interesting is that we have gays in the family and the church never mentioned LGBT anything either, yet I still grew up to realize I was gay and it must be a bad thing. In some ways unless a faith tradition completely affirms the LGBT community as part and parcel, (especially gay) kids can be quite confused and harmed.

        EDIT: I consider myself a “cultural” Lutheran, but I’d much rather be reformed Jew.

        • Oh’behr

          I like what you said and sometimes wish I could have grown up Lutheran in the more liberal denomination. As it was I grew up Catholic and feel scarred enough. Yet it was liberal compared to some Catholic churches that some cousins went to … l gave mine up as a teenager. My cousins are still hooked (addicted).

          Thankfully I wasn’t in the even more conservative churches or conservative evangelical Protestant churches handling snakes or speaking in tongues.

    • Oh’behr

      Sam, not my idea, yet my favorite comment I saw elsewhere and now I don’t remember where is …

      This is a modern Norman Rockwell.

      • Chucktech

        LOVE IT!!

      • perversatile

        β€œit’s a portrait Norman Rockwell forgot to paint”
        -Sandra Bernhard

  • joeyj1220

    reminded me of the Tieneman Square photo… seriously

  • TommyTune

    It’s nice to know that finally, after all these years, the kids are being carefully taught. Kudos to that defiant little girl and to her parents who taught her well.

    • Chucktech

      I know this may be a pipe dream, but I just can’t help the feeling that we may be witnessing the first initial cracks in the formerly impenetrable wall of christian entitlement and privilege. I’m certainly not delusional enough to think it will be completely destroyed in my lifetime*, but little vignettes of christians being stood up to, and by a brave little girl, no less, just smacks of comeuppance and impeding irrelevance.

      * Of course, I never thought I’d see marriage equality in all 50 states in my lifetime, either!

      • RoFaWh

        Just remember, even the largest mountain is eventually worn down by the slow, inexorable force of erosion, one grain of sand at a time.

  • BoringLawyer

    Irony: When an adult lectures a child about his imaginary friend. Also, you’re screaming at a first grader; you’re an asshole.

  • This is the first thing I saw when I got out of bed and it is making my entire day. (Walks around with a huge smile on his face :).

  • delk

    And when finished, he checked the “yell at little girl” box on his list of daily asshole accomplishments.

  • Billanddogs

    I was happy to see the kid getting support. I’m sure she was also happy to receive it. As for the screaming maniac, I hope he went home and got back on his meds.

  • sherman

    The kid holding the pride flag was like a crucifix to a vampire. Except vampires are nicer than fundies.

    • Todd20036

      They look sexier, too

      • clay

        all * sparkley!

  • Prion

    Religion is poison.
    Fortunately, the little girl had her shots!

  • Lakeview Bob

    She is looking at him like the fucking moron he is. Love her!

  • barrixines

    It’s nice to see decent God-fearin’ folk stand up to Big Gay.

    • JT

      You mean Big Gay Al?

      • barrixines

        Is that who it is? Funny, I just thought he might be bigger. And a he.

  • Jafafa Hots

    I wish those people who insist on claiming that life is horrible and what comes after death is preferable would put their money where their mouth is for once.

    • GC

      In Joe Hill’s immortal words:
      “You will eat, bye and bye,
      In that glorious land above the sky.
      Work and pray, live on hay,
      You’ll get pie in the sky when you die. (That’s a lie!)”

  • yelling at a small child about the pain the world will cause via her inevitable divorce?

    i’m trying to wrap my head around that much stupid, and failing.

    • Gene

      you are approaching it as a sane person…thus the fail. This babbling fool is, by street preacher standards, a total nutbag. Good for the little girl though…I suspect she is, contrary to what he said, NOT going to go through life as one of the victims, but as one of the winners.

  • Bj Lincoln

    Wave that flag kid!

  • 2patricius2

    Pathetic preacher. Bully Bible thumper.

  • Octavio

    That’s going to keep me happy for at least a week. Thanks for posting it, Mr. Joe. πŸ™‚

  • rextrek1

    Im surprised he didn’t tell her IF she doesn’t repent – Santa won’t bring her more gifts this christmas

    • ZhyKitty

      Oh no…little pentecostal and evangelical households of children are NOT allowed to believe in Santa.
      My younger sister and her preacher husband won’t let theirs believe in Santa either…because they say when the children find out Santa isn’t real, then they won’t believe Jesus is real…and because the whole Santa thing is Pagan (their views on Catholics and St Nick are so embarrassing, I won’t type them).
      Anyway, nothing about Santa will ever come from one of those evangelicals. Their children are robbed of that magical time when they’re little.

      • Christopher

        But, Santa HAS to be real!!!

        If he’s not real then what is the purpose of X-Mas?

        • Oh’behr

          Film, Brazil, remember the Christmas scene with the Consumers for Christ, banner.

      • David Walker

        If they find out Santa isn’t real, then they won’t believe Jesus is real. Wow. So they do have a clue; they just choose not to use it.

        • Chucktech

          They know, waaaay deep down inside, that Jesus is a colossal hoax.

      • Oh’behr

        Ah, that’s what a friend from long ago was … his parents didn’t believe in Christmas. Thanks ZhyKitty. I knew it was super conservative.

      • jmax

        My brother and his wife raised their children without a belief in Santa, but for them it was more about resisting the commercialism of Christmas. They taught my nieces and nephews that Dec 25 was for celebrating the birth of Jesus and didn’t attach any secular meaning to it. The upside of this was I saved a lot of money on Christmas gifts.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Domo Arigato christian Roboto

  • Marides48

    Poor child. She has to put up with all these delusional adults.

    • Oh’behr

      Two? Preacher and sign holder.

  • StillALiberal

    The anti-SSM crowd think they can keep the debate going for 40 years like the abortion debate. Think Again. Look at that little girl she represents our present and future, the screaming nutjob represents the past.

  • And this TERRIFIES them, because it’s the future they’re staring into.

  • bambinoitaliano

    She’s not just facing down a bigot, possibly a molester and a pedophile. Anytime I see a bigot preaching about god and jeebus my pervert radar start pinging. My first thought will be think of the children and make sure they are safe from these monsters. These is the kind of stranger you warn your kids about.

    • Chucktech

      I’ll certainly agree that anytime I see a bigot preaching about god and jeebus there’s gotta be something truly fucked up about them, and absolutely, that’s the last place you’d want a kid exposed to.

      • bambinoitaliano

        The psychosomatic symptoms are fully in display here.

    • RoFaWh

      A lot of the anti-gay bullshit, istm, is fueled by dismay on the part of the small-dicked that when they play the “I am Man, worship my Sacred Penis” card, all they get back now is snickers, sniggers, and laughter, not the sexual and social submission they have come to believe is their due.

      Edit: and it’s all the fault of those wicked gays blurring the distinctions between male and female. Yeah, sure.

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    And a child shall pwn them.

  • Little girl attempts to exorcize the evil demons out of raving lunatic.

  • zhera

    To use imagery that the bigot will understand:

    David and Goliath.

    How does it feel to lose against a seven year old girl, Goliath?

  • Ben in Oakland

    In keeping with other people stories about how they lost whatever faith they may have had β€”

    when I was 13, I was studying for my bar mitzvah. I had recordings that the Cantor made for me to study my Torah passage. There was also a book written in Hebrew that I was supposed to use. Besides the regular Hebrew consonants and vowels, there were a lot of little squiggles that I never seen before.

    Being a reasonably bright child and very musically inclined, I soon figured out that these squiggles were in fact musical notation of a sort. My first revelation: the cantor had not memorized the entire Torah and how to chant it. At the end of one of my sessions with him, we reached the end of the Torah passage for the week, and I just kept on going. The Cantor said, somewhat outraged, ” where did you learn that?” I said, “Cantor, aren’t those musical notations?”

    ” no they are not!!!” the light went on for me about authoritarians and religious territorialism. I had my bar mitzvah, but probably went to temple about three times afterwards. I also realized I really didn’t believe in a God who would harden pharaohs heart in order to make a point.

    Way to go, cantor.

    • David Walker

      Way to go, Ben.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Shouting down first-graders.

    Street-preach baiting ain’t what it used to be, is it??

    • Chucktech

      They’re coming to the conclusion that that’s all who will listen to them anymore…

      • noni

        Christian indoctrination at Sunday School.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Because the sane adults no longer listen to them anymore

  • Lumpy Gaga

    If I were there, I’d be all “Leave enough room for the Holy Spirit, freak.”

  • Six Pins Delores

    I don’t like this. I would never let my kid be in close proximity to someone who is clearly deranged.

    • clay

      but it’s in public, with lots of witnesses and supporters.

    • noni

      But he’s Christian. A local Sunday School teacher.

      Along with Christian Leader Josh Duggar.

  • txscotty39

    In 1960 I wrote a one sentence letter to a major newspaper about the integration of public schools…….All I said was , “If we left it up to the children, we wouldn’t have a problem.” Many death threats came my way as a result of that one sentence. I still say the same thing today about the current situation….”If we left it up to the children, we wouldn’t have a problem.”……All the death threats I got were from churches. I see not much has changed.

  • Joseph Miceli

    I think it is so very revealing that these fundies think the world is such a shitbox. Divorce, pain, sadness, death, illness…that’s all these people see. Then they say their imaginary friend is the only cure.
    Well, I see love, happiness, good food, good friends, the love of my family and my friends on this blog thingy! There is so much that is good, even when terrible things happen. I don’t need Jesus to hold my frikken hand. Now, it’s a beautiful hot day. I’m going for a dip in the pool and then coffee at Starbucks.

  • noni

    The we’re “Not All Like That (NALT)” Christians never show up to protest these fire and brimstone Christians. They tacitly agree in silence and leave the gays to fend for themselves in objecting to the Christian hatred aimed toward them.

  • Canadian Observer

    The only thing that could have improved this was if the little girl, realizing she had the support of the adults around her, had given in to the desire to take two steps forward and kick the bastard yelling at her in the balls. I think it is wrong to teach children (especially girls) that violence is never the answer, it leaves them vulnerable.

  • RoFaWh

    “Daddy, why is that man ranting and raving like a lunatic?”

    “Because, dear, he likes the sound of his own voice.”

  • billbear1961

    What kind of maniac harangues a child?

    A Christer, THAT’S the kind!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Meme it!!!

  • JCF

    God bless the child, who’s get her pwned