An unidentified Christian protester (pictured above, left) laughed at Dr. Paul Hard, a grieving gay man, on the steps of the Alabama Supreme Court in Montgomery on Aug. 8 (video below).
Hard was speaking at a press conference organized by the Human Rights Campaign only a few hundred feet away from a rally to support Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was suspended from the bench for refusing to obey the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage, notes Gay Star News.
Moore's supporters held signs that stated: "Homosexuality Destroy Families" and "Sodomy Ruins Nations."
As Hard spoke about his husband, who died five years ago, the Christian protester laughed and said, "You can’t have a husband," noted John Archibald, a journalist for the Alabama Media Group.
Archibald filmed the incident and posted it on his Vine page with the caption: "Laughing at grief. In the name of God."
According to Archibald, the incident happened after Moore spoke to his pro-Christian, anti-LGBT supporters.
Some of Moore's supporters walked over to the HRC's modest news conference and heckled pro-LGBT people who stood up to tell their stories.
Archibald recalled how Hard was heckled, and questioned the heckler in print:
How can any man, no matter his position on Roy Moore or any issue, stand before another and mock his pain? How can one stand under the banner of God and laugh at another man's death? How — in the name of God — can one deride genuine grief? In the name of God.
Archibald also noted "the type of religion spewed on those courthouse steps" that he witnessed "looks nothing like Jesus."
"It looks nothing like freedom, or like the church I know," Archibald added. "It is narrow and hateful and distorting -- a brand of Christianity that slanders all who seek to find comfort in the words of Jesus ... Christians cannot let these people define their religion. All they have is volume. As a substitute for moral authority."