On July 17, 2012, volunteers with Tradition, Family and Property gathered in Little Rock, Arkansas to pray and peacefully protest the HHS mandate contained within Obamacare.
All was going well until an unhinged man approached the group as they were praying and violently shoved a protester into a fire hydrant, leading him to fall to the ground.
According to first hand accounts:
At the McCain Mall in North Little Rock, a middle-aged man came up from
behind the group as they calmly prayed the rosary. First he said,
"Praise be Mary," giving the impression he was friendly. Next he
shouted, "Get the hell out of here!" and rushed our American flag bearer
Elias Bartel, knocking him off his feet with a violent blow. Old Glory
fell over, but not completely because the 19-foot flag pole caught a
power line on the way down and was quickly recovered and set upright
"I was pretty shocked... The first thing he did was
target the American flag. He wanted to throw it on the ground," said
Bartel. "What he did was beyond disrespect."
The attacker did not stop there. Without pause, he
immediately assaulted our second volunteer, Jesus Guerra, who was
holding the TFP banner which displays a rampant lion and the motto:
"Tradition, Family, and Property." As the video clearly shows, our
young volunteer was pushed with such violence that he fell backward onto
a fire hydrant. The banner also fell.
"I'm bruised, but not
about to give up," Guerra remarked. "The attacker's behavior reflects
the socialist mindset: if they can't win the debate, they bully you. If
they can't silence the Church on moral values, they use mandates and
As TFP—Louisiana member Cesar Franco dialed 911,
the assailant smacked the phone out of his hand. Finally, the police
arrived and a report was made.
I'm sure we'll be seeing this immediately on all the Liberal Media outlets...