Get Involved - John Ritchie
Five minutes after we began campaigning on the waterfront in Newport, the police arrived and verified that our demonstration for traditional marriage was being conducted, as usual, in an orderly fashion on the public sidewalk. But it didn’t take too long before a group of pro-homosexual individuals arrived, attempting to silence our free speech. They bullied us. They cursed. And they spat at us.
On Saint Patrick’s Day, under a magnificent blue sky, we set up in front of the Rhode Island State House. The banner and traditional marriage signs looked great with the imposing capitol in the background. Although the traffic was a bit slow, people working in the surrounding state buildings looked curiously from their office windows as the sound of TFP bagpipes carried across the esplanade.
Blessed with success in Maryland, TFP Student Action volunteers are now defending traditional marriage in a new battleground state: Rhode Island. Heavy rain kept us indoors this morning. Only in the afternoon, under a slight drizzle, did we finally get a chance to test the waters.
Before I tell you about the aggressive blasphemers dressed in black who disrupted our rally, let me briefly mention that the tour for traditional marriage took us to Towson, the White Marsh Mall and Timonium. At all three locations, the campaign had wide exposure and great support.
I am writing from San Antonio, a charming city named after Saint Anthony of Padua. This region is blessed with a rich Catholic heritage harking back to the days when Franciscan missionaries arrived from Spain in 1691.
Last night we enjoyed a delicious meal at the home of a gracious family in Manvel and after a good night's rest, we departed to Austin, the state capitol.
Early this morning, we made our way to one of the largest Planned Parenthood abortion facilities in the country to defend innocent life.
Although Houston is a large sprawling city, the streets downtown are fairly empty. However, after scanning the city for pedestrian traffic we found a broad mix of people, from lawyers to construction workers, near the courthouse and that is where the first campaign of the day started.
I am glad to tell you that the American TFP volunteers kicked off a new caravan in Texas. Our tour is taking us to a number of major cities in the Lone Star State with the clear goal of alerting the public about the growing dangers of socialist ideology in America.
During the frigid early morning of Friday, January 22, the clinking of rosary beads and ringing of bells could be heard as the participants of the TFP Student Conference attended Holy Mass. They were spiritually preparing themselves for...