Fresno was extremely receptive to the message of traditional marriage. The owner of a Mexican restaurant treated us to hearty breakfast; huevos rancheros, bacon and other tasty dishes, a good start for a full day of campaigning.
We set up at the busiest intersection we could find outside of River Park Mall. The honking picked up immediately as passing cars read our sign: "Honk for traditional marriage" and other banners.
I need to mention that a good Catholic friend of the TFP from Vienna, Austria joined us for the weekend: Count Johann-Ferdinand von Kuefstein. We were honored by his company and dedication. He traveled from Europe to California in support of traditional marriage.
We are now flying a brand new American flag. The crisp red, white and blue colors sparkle under the California sun, which is very bright. We haven't seen rain once since September 1 and my TFP colleagues' faces are a couple of shades darker from sun burn.
"God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve!" exclaimed a homeless man who agreed wholeheartedly with us. Moments later a pro-homosexual, enraged by our presence, looked for something within his car to hurl at the TFP volunteers on the sidewalk.
Apparently all he could find was change, and coins came flying out of his window in all directions. A coin showed up inside the cuff of Mr. John Miller’s trousers.
At the football stadium
Today, Fresno State University's football team, the Bulldogs, played against a college team from Wisconsin. The college stadium was completely sold out – about 40,000 seats. "Great place to give out pro-family literature," we thought. So off we went.
As thousands funneled down the street, we passed out loads of literature. The Fresno team color is red and almost everyone wore red t-shirts and caps.
The TFP cape is also red and our flier opposing same-sex "marriage" has red borders, which caused some to wonder if we were affiliated with the hometown football team. "Just a coincidence," we told them. "Defend traditional marriage, one man, one woman, the way God made it!"
"I honked for you earlier today at the mall! Keep up the good work," said a cheerful couple with small children making their way to the stadium.
I just remembered an interesting fact from a previous campaign worth relating. A man at an intersection started screaming insults at us. One of our volunteers politely said, "Sir, what you are saying is not very tolerant!" A lady one car over, waiting for the light to turn green, smiling in agreement, put here hand out the window, and addressing the rude individual, pointed to her wedding ring, saying: "That's right. Tolerate this! Tolerate this!"
We are planning to visit the Fresno State University campus. For that reason, please say extra prayers for us. College campuses can be hostile to the truth.
Thank you for your prayers and may Saint Joseph grant the noble cause of traditional marriage victory in California. God will prevail.
From the inbox:
Hey - I thank God there are those brave enough to stand up against the promotion and glorification of sexual perversion in our society, and to defend what marriage IS. It is hard to believe that modern society now is finding it hard to even teach its children that marriage has something to do with a male and a female, and with the creation of new human life, and that sexual perversion is now being outrageously promoted to all our kids, but here we are...
Like you, I have endured much persecution for standing over the years with the Catholic Church (and it's true teachings), with the Boy Scouts, and so on. My strong advice to you is: Do not back down. Stand firm with the truth, with God's true love, with the facts, and with honor. You are storing up treasures in heaven. And - do not hate even those who persecute you. Love them with the truth. You will be planting seeds that will cause many to turn from their depraved ways, though you may not be around to see those seeds sprout.
God be with you.
-- Bob B.
Dear Brothers in JMJ: Though I am unable to join you in your caravan, I join my prayers with all those who pray for you in Heavan, earth and Purgatory. May the victorious Queen of the world and her holy spouse St. Joseph be with you, lead you, strengthen you and protect you in this crusade against the evil.
-- Dr. Bosco E.
From Karaikudi, India
I think you are very brave in what you are doing, standing up for traditional marriage. I know what it is like to have a hot drink thrown at you. It happened to me once when I worked in a prison. Good luck with your campaign, and may God truly bless you all.
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