On Friday of this past week, my daughter and I were in Omagh, County Tyrone, which is a large town approx. 15 miles from our home. Whilst there, we had tea and scones in a pleasant café. The establishment is near the spot where a terrorist bomb exploded in 1998, a bomb left in a car by Irish Republican terrorists. 31 people died, including unborn twins.
As we emerged from the building in which the café is located (there is another shop and an office located there too) a young man, who was standing near the entrance to the building, came towards us and told me in no uncertain terms that he disagreed with the views I articulated during the recent election. We were startled because it appeared that he was waiting for us to emerge from the building. He bore a striking resemblance to a young man I saw when we entered the café and I now believe that the man in question was in the café, recognised me, watched us, and when we got up to leave, he exited before us and waited his moment.
I asked him who he was and also what right did he have to confront us when we had simply enjoyed a cup of tea in a cafe and had not offended anyone in any way. I think he made some comment to the effect that he was glad I didn’t get many votes in the election. I told him he has a right to his views but that he should keep himself to himself and leave us alone.
However the situation became more alarming when I made it clear to him that I stood over everything I said (during the election) and I emphasized my point by repeating the word “everything.”
My daughter and I had already begun to walk away when he said (loudly) that he wouldn’t expect me to change my mind because of my “mental” condition or words to that effect, by which I suppose he means that, in his opinion, I’m not sane.
He provoked my (righteous) anger and I responded with, “homosexuality is a sin.”
He replied with, “Your views are an abomination” (or words to that effect.)
I responded with, “gay marriage is an abomination.”
His response, “Rot in hell.”
People in the immediate vicinity heard the heated exchange and one man told me that he agreed with me but added that he did not think that I should confront such people. He was surprised to learn that we did not confront him but it was a case of him confronting us.
My daughter and I were shaken by this incident and it made me realise how vulnerable I am and that if that fellow had wished to harm me physically, I would have been completely defenceless.
The day when those of us who oppose the LGBT lobby will be subject to physical attack may not be far away.