As with most large scape rallies such as this, there tend to be counter-protesters. The majority of the counter-protestors at this particular rally were Bible preachers.
Here’s a couple of videos I took involving conflicts between the protesters and the religious counter-protesters. The first vid involves the guy in the first photo. While the march was going buy he was involved in a couple of screaming matches. I’m surprised the bald guy at the end didn’t end up resorting to blows.
The second video involves a preacher by the El Capitan theater. Most of the protesters just stared at him. A couple hurled insults.
[UPDATE: The man whose preaching in the video below replied in the comment section. He’s an evangelist by the name of Pastor Steve Sanchez of Hope Chapel in Hermosa Beach. Here’s what he said:
I’m the guy preaching at this protest. You can read about why we there and the strategy we employed to reach these people with the Gospel by going to my blog, StoneThePreacher (dotcom). Great footage. I also included your Part 1 in this mini-series, as an example of how NOT to preach the Gospel. God bless you. Pastor Steve”
Sounds like a nice guy, though I must admit there’s probably a whole lot we don’t agree with concerning certain aspects of religion and evolution.
Here’s the rest of my pics that I thought were interesting.
The hippy God himself, Ron Kovic, showed up as he does at every protest. He’s the one in the wheel chair. He’s a Vietnam vet who wrote the book Born on the Fourth of July.
You know I originally had no idea where these people are getting this 1 million number. It seems that it’s sourced from the Opinion Research Business survey of Iraq war casualties which came up with the number at 1,033,000 deaths of the result of the conflict. However, this ORB estimate has been criticised by some like the Survey Research Methods organization as exaggerated and ill-founded in peer reviewed literature. Most surveys, including the Iraq Body Count project, the Iraq Family Health Survey, and Associated Press estimate the death toll to be just above 100,000.
James Cromwell showed up to lend his support to the protesters.
End of part 3.