Gay Man Takes on Homophobic Subway Preacher & What Happens Next Is Incredible (VIDEO)

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subway car emptyWhen you live in New York City, one of the defense mechanisms you acquire really early on is ignoring crazy people. Anyone who is potentially crazy. And everyone who is riding the subway and spewing their beliefs to anyone within earshot. But when a "preacher" was subjecting everyone on the subway car to a homophobic rant this weekend, a gay subway rider decided to speak up. Of course, the whole fiasco was caught on someone's iPhone.

Specifically, the preacher was yelling about society's poor influence on children, likened gay men to pedophiles, and then asserted that "Michael Jackson died because he was gay." Uggghh! Thankfully, he received a complete and total verbal smackdown as a result ...

Warning: It might be a little hard to watch at first, because, well, the "preacher" is all sorts of disturbing and then, when he's confronted, he doesn't want to stop, err, preaching, so the two men are yelling over one another. But the end result definitely makes it well-worth checking out ...

How awesome is it that the entire subway car burst out into such strong, spontaneous applause?! That's exactly the reaction we should hope for from the majority of Americans when hatred like this is on display. And that reaction really does reflect the progress we've made and equality we've embraced as a country -- no matter what religious background we come from. 

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Still, the confrontation is a reminder that bigotry and fear remains. As the brave subway rider pointed out, the "false prophet" was preaching his drivel because "He’s scared. He’s full of hatred.” But when a man like that is overpowered and drowned out by acceptance and love, it goes to show we've gotta be doing something right.

What do you make of this video?


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nonmember avatar ZMommy

I like it! Kudos to this man for standing up to the bigot.

Flori... Floridamom96

How is screaming "you are full of hate" showing acceptance and love? I have no idea what the street preacher was saying becaue it was drowned out by the cries of "you are full of hate", "false", "you are false", "false prophet", "do not listen to this man, he is full of hatred and fear", "he is scared and full of hatred", "ignorant". I absolutely agree with his statement that "I am a man. I am a good man. I am a gay man and Jesus loves me." If he had said only that then I would agree that he was countering untruth with love and acceptance. However, his earlier statements were in my opinion no better that the man he attempted to drown out.

kelti... kelticmom

Even Jesus called it like it was. He outed the Pharisees for the awful people they were, and he didn't mince words when doing it. The man was/is full of hate, and people should be told that his message is NOT God's message. I would shout the same thing at him and the Westboro crazies, they are the kind that give Christians a bad name.

kelti... kelticmom

And I believe she meant that the spontaneous applause from the passenger's was the "showing acceptance and love" for the gay man.

Flori... Floridamom96

I really thought the very best way to point out the wrongness of the "preacher's" message was when he pointed out what is so clearly true that, that Jesus Christ loves him, gay or straight it matters not. The best way to fight a lie with the clear, unequivocal truth.

kelti... kelticmom

Well the clear, unequivocal truth is also that the "preacher" is full of hate, fear and is a false prophet.

Flori... Floridamom96

I just think there's a way to point out the wrongness of a person's speech or behavior without resorting to name calling. I thought the man's statement that he is a man, a good man, a gay man and that Jesus loves him was so perfect (and the clear and unequivocal truth) as to have put the 'preacher' in his place without having to shout him down. And also a clear response that showed love.

kelti... kelticmom

If the Jesus Christ that the New Testament describes was on that subway and heard that "preacher" spewing that filth in His name, I guarantee you He would have had a few choice words for him. If there is one thing Jesus could not stand, it was false prophets hurting others or telling lies in His Father's name. And the gay man did not name call, he simply told others not to listen to the false prophet, as he was full of hate and fear. It was the truth. Why should he not be able to defend himself?

Flori... Floridamom96

Why are you so upset with me? I didn't say he shouldn't defend himself or that he did anything wrong. I don't agree with Maressa's characterization of all of his actions. That's all.

kelti... kelticmom

You said that his statements were no better than the man he was trying to drown out. Once again, you post negatively on a gay thread, then start backing down or backtracking when you get called out.

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