A protester was attacked outside of the anti-LGBT+ Destiny Church in Rocklin, California for the simple crime of holding a rainbow “love” sign.
Black Lives Matter and LGBT+ rights protesters gathered outside the Destiny Church on 3 January to protest the organisation’s flagrant disregard for coronavirus rules and hateful anti-LGBT+ messages.
During the summer of 2020, the church hosted hundreds of people for at least three indoor services, despite California governor Gavin Newsom suspending all indoor worship services. Recently, on New Years Eve, the daughter of head pastor Greg Fairrington held her huge wedding at the church, violating the state’s curfew.
The video shows a woman, alleged to be a member of Destiny Church, attacking an protester wearing a “protect trans kids” t-shirt, pushing her and shouting: “This fag s**t isn’t love, this lesbian queer s**t isn’t love.”
She also called the peaceful protester a “f**king lesbian”.
Destiny church member attacks peaceful protester today 1-3-2021. She says “this fag shit isn’t love, this lesbian queer shit isn’t love” #destinychurch #rocklinca #magazombiesattack #sacramentoca #proudgirls #hatespeech #homophobic #hate pic.twitter.com/RZ2pjKJxCM
— Noodle arms (@Noodlea37499875) January 3, 2021
This blew up on tiktok and it’s literally down the street from my house.. Rocklin is so 🤡 pic.twitter.com/XuS4rY8Qhn
— Jack (@jacksdjones) January 7, 2021
One Twitter user wrote: “She was attacked for protesting at Destiny Church by this church member.
“The lady with the sign who was assaulted was protesting against Destiny because the pastor Greg Fairrington has spewed hate, homophobic messages and more. Also they have had huge maskless services.”
Yes, she was attacked for protesting at destiny church by this church member. The lady with the sign who was assaulted was protesting against destiny because the pastor Greg Farrington has spewed hate, homophobic messages and more. Also they have had huge maskless services
— Noodle arms (@Noodlea37499875) January 6, 2021
The TikTok user who originally posted the video later explained in another post: “The protest was organised by a group called Allies for Black Lives Placer County, who routinely protest at Destiny Christian, due to their ongoing racist, homophobic and transphobic remarks.
“I am not the person in the video that was assaulted, I am simply sharing the video for the group so we can hopefully identify the attacker, who has not yet been identified.
“Destiny Christian claims she is not a member of their church and does not attend there and they do not know who she is.
“Authorities have been contacted, a report has been filed, they are also hoping to find the person who attacked our protester.”
Destiny Church is one of a large anti-LGBT+ group of churches called Assemblies of God, which said in a statement on homosexuality: “There is abundant evidence that homosexual behaviour, along with illicit heterosexual behaviour, is immoral and comes under the judgment of God…
“The Assemblies of God affirms the sexual complementarity of man and woman and teaches that any and all same-sex sexual attractions are to be resisted.
“Consequently, believers are to refrain from any and all same-sex sexual acts or conduct, which are intrinsically disordered.”
PinkNews has contacted Destiny Church for comment.