The American TFP
John Ritchie - Student Action Director, 717-225-7147
HANOVER, PA (July 29, 2009) -- Volunteers from the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property (TFP) were assaulted by pro-homosexual activists yesterday in Warwick, Rhode Island, as they peacefully held signs in support of traditional marriage.
Volunteer, Rex Teodosio described the scene: “We were at a busy intersection, getting strong support for traditional marriage. Three women approached us -- one threw mayonnaise, while the other two grappled with our photographer.
“Then we were sprayed with mace. Finally, a burly woman got out of a car and punched our photographer in the face. They shouted obscenities the whole time.
“It happened suddenly. But we got the license plate number of the second car; someone in the first car had covered its license plate with a shirt. We filed a report with the police.”
Pro-homosexual individuals have thrown water bottles, pesticide, rotten eggs and soda at TFP volunteers. But this is the first time the Catholic group was pepper sprayed, punched and sustained head injuries.
Police at Warwick station responded promptly and have opened a case. Pictures and video footage of the assault are helping the investigation.
“So much for tolerance,” said Joseph Ferrara who was hit by the attackers. “Homosexual activists talk about tolerance, but everyone who saw the attack, saw their ‘tolerance’ in action. For me, these attacks reinforced my resolve to defend traditional family values. It’s so important” he added.
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