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14-Year-Old Girl Receives Death Threats for Defending Marriage

 

Please keep this girl and her family in your prayers:

A 14-year-old homeschooler who testified before the Maryland state senate against a bill redefining marriage has been the subject of cyberbullying, vicious name-calling, and death threats.
...After audio of her uncharacteristically mature testimony was posted on YouTube, the story went viral on homosexual activist websites—and death threats quickly followed.

TFP Student Action, a Roman Catholic organization dedicated to traditional morality, recorded several of the most offensive threats in a press release. A commenter on the YouTube video wrote, “If I ever see this girl, I will kill her. That’s a promise.”

Other YouTube comments ranged from, “Her parents should be exterminated,” to, “Kill this child and his [sic] parent, for my 11 birthday would be a wonderful gift, thanks.”

A comment posted on LGBTNation.com said, ““And now everyone knows her name, so hopefully she will feel what its like to be harassed and bullied…”

Since TFP issued its press release, the comments have not moderated. Supporters of same-sex “marriage” continue to wish violence, sexual assault, or censorship upon the girl. -- LifeSiteNews

56 Comments

  1. Randy E King
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Murderers where born that way. You are nothing but a bunch of murderphobic bigots.

  2. TC Matthews
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    That is just so typical of the one way tolerance crowd. These threats have been condemned by the LGBT pillars of the community no doubt?

  3. TC Matthews
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    ...................... crickets.

  4. Will
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    I see several "deaths to gays" and a ton of other very obscene homophobic comments, funny that wasn't reported.

  5. GZeus
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Cleary, threatening a child is wrong. Where are your condemnations when this happens every single day to gay kids?

  6. TC Matthews
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Show me where there are death threats against *anyone* allowed to stand on this site GZ. I'm waiting.

  7. Ash
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Sadly, I'm not shocked by this story. My prayers go to this brave young lady and her family.

  8. mitch wood
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Awww the poor little Christian girl didn't get her birthday wish for the continued stigmatization and disrespect of gay and lesbian couples' civil rights. So sad.

  9. TC Matthews
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    The decisive rhetoric of "us" and "them" is totally inappropriate. All children should be protected. All.

  10. Spunky
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    I hope people stop harrassing this poor girl ans that she can live her life normally. She does not deserve this kind of harrassment.

    No matter where you go on the internet, there will always be monsters.

  11. Rich
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Those condemning these threats against the child are correct - no child should face those (although it is impossible to prove who is making them - people from both sides have been known to hijack comment sections of stories to get extremist screen shots). Those who put this child in a position to receive these threats should also be held accountable.

  12. TC Matthews
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Rich, I hope you're not saying that people who have opinions different than yours ought to keep their mouths shut or they deserve what they get.... because that's really not freedom is it? She ought to be able to have freedom of speech, just like you and I do, without fear.

  13. Richard
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    TC Matthews, you say all children should be protected. Oh, how I wish that was what the Catholic Church believed. Every day millions of gay kids are stigmatized by a church that refuses not only to recognize their orientation but then offers no outreach other than to invite them to be what they are not.

  14. TC Matthews
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    Richard, protecting children from death threats is hardly the same as protecting them from biological truths. Every child is a child of God. All are important. None are perfect. I don't know what your beef is with the Catholic church, but those beliefs are not the ownership of one belief system or another. They're fairly universal. Don't we all strive to become what we are not yet? Better than we were. Welcome to humanity.

  15. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    To make these types of comments to any young person is shameful. To post the video and encourage these comments is downright criminal.

  16. KAK1958
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    The idea that anyone - conservative or liberal - would feel it's justified to threaten to kill or harm anyone whose opinions or stances they dislike shows what a "Dirty Harry" macho society we've become. I can't stand certain politicians or public figures - but not once has threatening to harm them (or wishing someone else would harm them) ever crossed my mind.

  17. Rich
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    TC...certainly not - I believe in free speech even when I don't agree with what is being said. That being said, just as we are free to express our views, people are also free to express their displeasure with them (hopefully in a mature manner - but the anonymity of the internet often breeds monsters on all sides of an issue). A child has a much more fragile psychy (sp?) than an adult and it is not always best to place them in a situation where they may not be able to handle the fallout of free speech. I should have toned down my "hold them accountable" rhetoric though - her testimony was very mature and it is possible her parent's believe she can handle the situation - they would know best.

  18. Peter Thames
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Her parents paraded her in public and a few people on the internet got angry.

    Maybe her parents should have testified instead of using her as a puppet.

  19. Peter Thames
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    The rest of my point is this:

    You all screamed and yelled when a child was "exploited" to ask Michelle Bachman a question on camera and applauded this other kid for going public.

    Get some consistency and maybe your arguments wont be so laughable.

  20. Michael C
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Anonymity can truly bring out the worst in people. Do I agree with what this young woman's parents told her to say? Absolutely not. Should I pretend that I don't disagree just because she is a child? Also, no. Should I respect her as a fellow human being? YES. Whether she is 14 or 114, her opinions and her life are just as important as mine. We ALL need to remember that online people are real, and we should treat them as if they were sitting in front of us. I find it abhorrent that people are bullying and threatening this young woman, especially those who know how persecution feels.

  21. JR
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    I decry any hateful comments or threats. Barb, may I just ask you about the comments you posted here concerning Zach Wahls, the 19 year old son of a lesbian couple. I recall you stating that he must be very confused despite his emotional speech before the Iowa legilslature.

  22. Andrew
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    JR, are you equating disagreeing with someone's political position with threatening someone? Those are two very different issues.

  23. Andrew
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    It is interesting to me Peter Thames, that you automatically assume this girl's testimony is not her own. Is that your bias talking or do you assume the same thing of young people with whom you agree?

  24. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    I know exactly what I said, JR. I likened Zach to a hostage who had adapted very well to his captivity. This was specifically a hyperbolic criticism of his guardians denying him a father and a general criticism of the common practice among same-sex couples of manufacturing babies with the premeditated intention of separating them from at least one of their natural parents.

    I'm sure Zach is a fine person. But the end does not justify the means. He was intentionally denied a father. I find that indefensible.

  25. John
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    I'm sure there would be no outrage at all from the LGBT if a 14 year old girl received death threats for supporting SSM. Their hypocrisy is amazing to me. Prayers for the family.

  26. Jonathan Reeves
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    "You all screamed and yelled when a child was "exploited" to ask Michelle Bachman a question on camera and applauded this other kid for going public."

    Did NOM say that child was coerced? Or are you just projecting your vain imaginings again? Thanks for the assumption, but it doesn't apply... at least, to me. It does seem to apply to you however.

    Double standard much?

    Get some consistency and maybe your arguments wont be so laughable.

  27. Peter Thames
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    The echo chamber and level of delusion on this comment board is just sad.

    Seriously, you guys need to get out more.

  28. Jonathan Reeves
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    What's the trouble, you don't like being pointed out for your own hypocrisy? Stings huh.

  29. Jonathan Reeves
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Kudos to this courageous young woman. Many people have been persecuted for speaking truth. She's in good company.

    I wish more of us had the courage to speak up for our convictions like she did.

  30. RichardCortijo
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    she 'graduated' from home'school' in 2010...is she really 14? if yes, you get free brainwashing and shave off 4 years of schooling by having bigot parents??

  31. Cecily M. Mahon
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    RichardCortijo, you ought to be ashamed of yourself. Attacking a young girl and her family for her beliefs is unconscionable. Really, have you nothing better to do in your life?

  32. Cecily M. Mahon
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    I hope her family knows just how much we appreciate her courage. There are more than these miserable monsters in the world. They did a great job raising a beautiful young woman with a clear head who can think for herself. That much is clearly obvious. I agree with Mr. Reeves. We ought to all stand up like she did.

  33. Andrew
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Agreed!

  34. Posted February 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Reminds me of the angry mobs who attempted to storm the LDS L.A. temple, after Prop. 8 was passed. The hatred and vitriol is well-documented. There is no civility or humanity in those who would justify in any degree or participate in such vile treatment of a young girl. Truly, they are past feeling.

    Reminds me of this prophetic verse from the Book of Mormon:

    2 Nephi 28:20
    For behold, at that day shall [Satan] rage in the hearts of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good.

  35. Peter Thames
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Eve, do you have a police report for trespassing at the L.A. Temple or is the definition of "storming" a few thousand people on a public street with protest signs?

  36. Posted February 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Peter, you may be ignorant, I'm not sure, but to those of us who were there, we'll never forget the intolerance shown in the aftermath of proposition 8. There was not only trespassing, but anthrax and arson threats. The rioters vandalized temple property and threatened arson, chanting to trespassers who had climbed over the gates "BURN IT DOWN!" That's when the riot police were brought in to the temple grounds. Yeah. It was not your run of the mill "peaceful" protest. They were in full riot gear for a reason.

    http://beetlebabee.wordpress.com/2008/11/06/pride-predjudice-prop8-rage/

    http://beetlebabee.wordpress.com/2008/11/07/

  37. Creighton
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    DoE, they didn't storm the temple. There was an energetic and angry protest outside of the temple. Anger was justified after Mormons from Utah poured in the vast majority of the funds through compulsory member donation into a political campaign in a different state. Gay men and women had a very important aspect of their lives ripped away from them by folks of another religion whose doctrine assaults them with the constant message that they are broken, without hope, and undeserving.

    How would you feel if the religious beliefs of others decided such a thing in your life? What would you do if you lived in a world where you were constantly treated as though you should not even exist?

    Of course they were angry, but they were not violent.

  38. Posted February 24, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Mormons Stole Your Rights………Huh?
    Get the Facts:

    1. Mormons make up less than 2% of the population of California. There are approximately 800,000 LDS out of a total population of approximately 34 million.

    2. Mormon voters were less than 5% of the yes vote. If one estimates that 250,000 LDS are registered voters (the rest being children), then LDS voters made up 4.6% of the Yes vote and 2.4% of the total Proposition 8 vote.

    3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) donated no money to the Yes on 8 campaign. Individual members of the Church were encouraged to support the Yes on 8 efforts and, exercising their constitutional right to free speech, donated whatever they felt like donating.

    4. The No on 8 campaign raised more money than the Yes on 8 campaign. Unofficial estimates put No on 8 at $38 million and Yes on 8 at $32 million, making it the most expensive non-presidential election in the country.

    5. Advertising messages for the Yes on 8 campaign are based on case law and real-life situations. The No on 8 supporters have insisted that the Yes on 8 messaging is based on lies. Every Yes on 8 claim is supported.

    6. The majority of our friends and neighbors voted Yes on 8. Los Angeles County voted in favor of Yes on 8. Ventura County voted in favor of Yes on 8.

    7. African Americans overwhelmingly supported Yes on 8. Exit polls show that 70% of Black voters chose Yes on 8. This was interesting because the majority of these voters voted for President-elect Obama. No on 8 supporters had assumed that Obama voters would vote No on 8.

    8. The majority of Latino voters voted Yes on 8. Exit polls show that the majority of Latinos supported Yes on 8 and cited religious beliefs (assumed to be primarily Catholic).

    9. The Yes on 8 coalition was a broad spectrum of religious organizations. Catholics, Evangelicals, Protestants, Orthodox Jews, Muslims – all supported Yes on 8. It is estimated that there are 10 million Catholics and 10 million Protestants in California. Mormons were a tiny fraction of the population represented by Yes on 8 coalition members.

    10. Not all Mormons voted in favor of Proposition 8. Our faith accords that each person be allowed to choose for him or her self. Church leaders have asked members to treat other members with “civility, respect and love,” despite their differing views.

    11. The Church did not violate the principal of separation of church and state. This principle is derived from the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . .” The phrase “separation of church and state”, which does not appear in the Constitution itself, is generally traced to an 1802 letter by Thomas Jefferson, although it has since been quoted in several opinions handed down by the United States Supreme Court in recent years. The LDS Church is under no obligation to refrain from participating in the political process, to the extent permitted by law. U.S. election law is very clear that Churches may not endorse candidates, but may support issues. The Church has always been very careful on this matter and occasionally (not often) chooses to support causes that it feels to be of a moral nature.

    Before you point fingers understand the facts. Mormons have freedoms too.

    12. Supporters of Proposition 8 did exactly what the Constitution provides for all citizens: they exercised their First Amendment rights to speak out on an issue that concerned them, make contributions to a cause that they support, and then vote in the regular electoral process. For the most part, this seems to have been done in an open, fair, and civil way. Opponents of 8 have accused supporters of being bigots, liars, and worse. The fact is, we simply did what Americans do – we spoke up, we campaigned, and we voted.

    http://beetlebabee.wordpress.com/2008/11/08/mormons-stole-our-rights/

  39. TC Matthews
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Exist all you want Creighton. It doesn't bother me a bit. In fact, you may not want to hear this but... I actually like you. We've both been commenting on this board for quite some time. You have thoughtful things to say. It doesn't mean I have to agree with you though. You and I will probably disagree for a good long while yet. Nearly three years so far-- but you can be sure I will never, ever, come protest in front of your place of worship chanting "BURN IT DOWN". I will never, ever destroy your property, threaten you or condone anyone else who may want to do those things. What happened after propositon 8 was unconscionable. It really was. I'm surprised honestly that you defend it.

  40. Posted February 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    "energetic and angry protest outside of the temple. "

    "Energetic" and "angry" protest? I suppose you call hurricanes "a little cloud burst," too, eh?

    Myth: "compulsory member donation"

    Fact: there was no "compulsory" donation. We LDS simply know a good cause when we see one, we're very patriotic and tend to be civically-minded, we place a very high value on marriage and family and we're really good at organizing. ;)

    "Gay men and women had a very important aspect of their lives ripped away from them by folks of another religion whose doctrine assaults them with the constant message that they are broken, without hope, and undeserving."

    With all due respect, gay people weren't prevented from marrying before Prop 8, and they weren't prevented from marrying after it passed. Prop 8 was't anti-gay, it was pro sex-integrated marriage. Sexual identity, including homosexuality, was and is irrelevant in marriage neutering.

    If you really study LDS doctrine, you'll find it absolutely compassionate towards those with SS attraction; our Church preaches one standard for all regarding sexual intimacy, and makes no distinction between "straight" or "gay."

    http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/official-statement/same-gender-attraction

    "How would you feel if the religious beliefs of others decided such a thing in your life?"

    The citizens of CA were given one vote at the ballot box. Their private religious beliefs are Constitutionally protected. They weren't required to check their religion at the ballot box, just as non-Christians aren't required to check their non-Christian beliefs at the ballot box. Do you, or do you not, support Constitutional freedoms?

    Again, the vote wasn't whether or not a gay person could get married, but whether or not marriage would be sex-integrated, or sex-neutral.

    "What would you do if you lived in a world where you were constantly treated as though you should not even exist?"

    LDS don't preach or teach that people with SSA shouldn't exist. We believe every child of God is tested and tried in life with various temptations, and that we are judged by our choices, and not by our temptations.

    "Of course they were angry, but they were not violent."

    Have you seen the pictures? That was no peaceful protest. There was graffiti, threat of arson, and riot police. The riot police weren't weren't there to protect the protesters from the temple patrons, I can assure you.

    I can assure you, I bear no ill will against a person with same-sex attraction. But I believe strongly in man/woman marriage and that children have the right to a mother and father, and I will defend those values no matter how unpopular those values are, or how barbaric the opposition behaves.

  41. Andrew
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful.

  42. Posted February 24, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    "they are broken, without hope, and undeserving.""

    Creighton, if you truly understood the doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you could never believe we LDS think you are either hopeless, or undeserving. As for broken--who amongst us doesn't need the Master Physician at some point in our lives? Only One individual has ever claimed to have lived a "perfect" life....

  43. Zack
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    This is disgusting...but I would expect nothing more from the left.

  44. Little man
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    mitch wood: Let me help you rephrase your illogical statement:

    'Awww the poor little Christian gay girl didn't get her birthday wish for the continued stigmatization and disrespect of gay and lesbian couples who claim illogical civil rights for themselves out of context. So sad.'

    It is sad.

  45. Skooter McGoo
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    Can't handle it when your own group promotes violence and you get called on it? Maybe you all need to revisit the 9th Commandment. http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/btb/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/nom-solution-2.jpg Look in the mirror.

  46. Owen
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    These people are pure evil two even think have harming a child!!

  47. Posted February 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    anyone that threatens violence in a public arena is a coward.

  48. John Roberts
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    “Other YouTube comments ranged from, “Her parents should be exterminated,” to, “Kill this child and his [sic] parent, for my 11 birthday would be a wonderful gift, thanks.””

    So your ginned up outrage is at least partially over something an eleven year old wrote on Facebook in response to something a fourteen year old posted on YouTube? Seriously?

  49. LonesomeRhoades
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Anatomically and sexually, man was made for woman and woman made for man. Science teaches us that homosexuality is perversion.
    Marriage, the essence of marriage can only occur between opposite-sex couples, cannot exist between same-sex couples.

  50. Todd minner
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    I'd say to that girl, good job honey for standing up for what you believe to be true....fear no man as what can man do to you...Trust in the Lord your GOD ......And for the cowards who hurl threats at a child find them and charge them with threats to do bodily harm and lock their butts up in a cage where they belong....

  51. Melody07
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    It is interesting how so many people misinterpret the Catholic Church's stance on homosexuality. While we do not support the action/choice of homosexuality, nowhere in Church doctrine is there a teaching to hate anybody. We do not support your lifestyle choice, but Jesus loves everyone! The Church also does not call an individual 'gay' or 'lesbian', because to do so is to limit a person to their sexual orientation when there is so much more to an individual than just that. One program that the Church offers to people is Courage, a group designed to reach out to men and women who wish to make a change in their lives.

    Are there Christians out there that handle this debate poorly? Absolutely, just as there are people who advocate freedom of belief yet condemn Christians who do not agree with them. And no matter what the debate, no child should ever receive the threats that this child is getting, just as children who have same-sex attractions should not be bullied.

  52. grandma for liberty
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    I think this young girl has a right to voice her opinion.. just because it does not agree with the gay and lesbian community is no reason to go ballistic... there is a large percentage of americans that will never agree to the gay and lesbian community as a natural alternative life style... I am one... I don't hate gays and lesbians, but I don't approve of them trying to teach my children that that lifesyle is ok... As a christian I pray for them, but I do not accept their values.... just as they donot accept mine....

  53. Esther
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    That young lady should be able to take a stand for what is right without worrying about death threats. Shame on those people who are bullying and threatening her. Everyone is entitled to freedom of speech and should be able to speak without being threatened.

  54. QueerNE
    Posted February 27, 2012 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    .....crickets.

  55. Patrick Strong
    Posted February 27, 2012 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Although threats against someone for stating their opinions is wrong, NOM and anti-gay supporters have been threating gays and issuing death threats against them everyday. Funny how you (NOM supporters) talk about how you are "victims" when the reality is you are and have always been the bullies in this fight. And like bullies, when you finally get treated the way that you have been treating others, you all cry and whine about how its unfair. Accept equality and mind your own business, stop focinging your beliefs on everyone else.

  56. TC Matthews
    Posted February 27, 2012 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    "And no gay marriage group has said a word to denounce the threats."