The Corner

Group of Seattle Pridefest Participants Attack Christian Preachers

A group of Seattle’s Pridefest attendees pushed a Christian street preacher to the ground and punched him repeatedly at the festival last week. The entire altercation was captured on camera. (Warning: Includes expletive language and disturbing violence.)

The preacher held a sign saying “Repent or Else” and “Jesus Saves From Sin,” which condemned materialism, pornography, and drug use, among others forms of “idolatry”; he was joined by another preacher holding a Bible. The confrontation began as a group of Pridefest attendees, who appear upset with the preachers’ message, began verbally and physically harassing the preachers.

After pushing away the preacher with the Bible and telling him to leave, the attendees swarmed the man with the sign. The attackers punched and kicked the preacher multiple times while he was on the ground before police arrived.

Police arrested the most prominent assailant in the video, 36-year-old Jason Queree, who was shirtless throughout most of the altercation. ABC affiliate KOMO reports that Queree has been arrested 29 times since 1995 and convicted for nine felonies, including theft and forgery.

In the YouTube description, the person who shot the video, who remained anonymous in an interview with KOMO, stated that while he didn’t agree with the preachers, he defended their right to voice their views and condemned the actions of the attackers. “I think it is tragic that some of the people who justifiably want tolerance in their life deny that same tolerance to others,” he said of the attackers.


Most Popular


The Catholic Church’s Rotherham

‘We are deeply saddened.” So begin the many perfunctory statements of many Catholic bishops today in response to the Pennsylvania grand-jury report detailing how priests in that state abused children and how bishops shuffled these priests around. What deeply saddens these men? The rape of children, the ... Read More

The Deflation of the Academic Brand

Trumpism is sometimes derided as an updated know-nothingism that rejects expertise and the input of credentialed expertise. Supposedly, professionals who could now save us tragically have their talent untapped as they sit idle at the Council on Foreign Relations, the economics Department at Harvard, or in the ... Read More

My Journey into the Heart of Obama-Trump Country

After eight years of displeasure with Barack Obama’s presidency, Carla Johnson was ready for a drastic change. The 41-year-old lab technician from Cresco, Iowa, fell for Donald Trump very early in the 2016 primary season. She loved his “take-no-[sh**]” style, his conservative stances on gun control and ... Read More