Family values disaster in Paris as anti-gay protesters attack police, use kids as human shields

Unbelievable.  Anti-gay “family values” protesters in Paris today got violent with the local police during a large anti-gay-marriage protest, and then used their nursery school age children as some kind of human shield to challenge the police.

“On met les enfants devant! On met les enfants devant!” TRANSLATION: “Put the kids in front! Put the kids in front!” a father yells to other protesters, as he approaches the police line with his three year old child perilously perched on his shoulders in order to challenge the police who had just used tear gas and batons to push back the protesters who had just attacked them.


“On met les enfants devant, on met les enfants devant.” TRANSLATION: “Put the kids in front, put the kids in front,” a father yells to other protesters, as he approached the police line with his three year old child perilously perched on his shoulders right after the police used tear gas and batons, telling the protesters to back up.

America’s anti-gay religious right leaders, including National Organization for Marriage (NOM) head Brian Brown, have been supporting the French protests.  No word yet on whether NOM will denounce its violent allies in Paris.

Getting violent with the police?  And using three year old children as some kind of human shield after there’s already been violence and tear gas (or pepper spray)?



Police using pepper spray or tear gas on religious right anti-gay protesters who attacked them, right before a family values protester brings his three year old child to the front to challenge the police.

The clashes have already been written about in the mainstream media, but there’s also a video on Facebook that a Parisian friend just posted, showing the anti-gay “family values” moms and dads provoking the French anti-riot police, called the CRS.  Not the kind of people you want to mess with, the CRS.

The CRS in France are akin to the kind of police the Occupy Wall Street protesters faced when things got violent. It’s that kind of scene when the CRS are involved. That’s where the family values brought kids, basically to an OWS protest that went violent – imagine taking a 3 year old to the front lines of that.


Police using batons on family-values protesters who physically attacked them. Moments before they gassed the anti-gay activists who then brought a small child forward to challenge the police further.

In the video, below, you see a crowd of anti-gay religious right protesters attack the police, trying to force their way into a restricted area where it’s not permitted to protest. The police were finally forced to use tear against the violent religious right protesters.  The police then repeatedly tell the protesters to back up away from the barriers.  You then see a man, with his three year old (or so) child on his shoulders, come up to the police barrier, where they’ve just been told repeatedly to back away, and challenge the police with his child.

Keep in mind, there’s already been violence (police were forced to use their batons against family-values protesters who were assaulting them) and tear gas, and a pro-gamily anti-gay religious right protester thought it wise to put his three year old child in the middle of the violence.

Some family values.

The response to the video on Facebook from French men and women was quick and brutal:

“No shame – putting children in front, knowing they’re going to be tear gassed.”

“And this father, bringing his son in front to protect himself.  Irresponsible! Shameful! Someone should call Social Services to take away his child, for endangering the boy that way.”

“Bravo, the example these parents are setting for their children.”

“And they have the nerve to talk about the rights of children.”

 “These people moralize about families, and then they have nothing else to do on a Sunday afternoon than bring their young children to a protest. It’s shameful.”

“What do they want, a civil war?  What intolerance. I’m just sick watching this. Who are these people?”

“How horrible to watch adults bring their children to sow hate against gay people.”

Welcome to family values, 2013.  It’s right out of a Hollywood nightmare:

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