Bullhorn Grandmas Shout "Death To Gays"

What the nice grandma in the commercial above fails to mention is that her version of "sharing the Gospel" involved shouting "death to gays" (or something to that effect) from a bullhorn....

As Talk To Action contributor Kathryn Joyce writes, in The "Hate Grandma" Campaign
Janet Folger, a long-time Christian right activist (a veteran of Reclaiming America and Ohio Right to Life), WorldNet Daily columnist and radio host, wants you to know your grandma's in trouble. That is, of course, if your grandma regularly spends her time illegally harassing attendees at gay rights events and refusing to comply with police orders to disperse.

Today, Folger's four-year old group, Faith2Action, and their partners at the Traditional Values Coalition, have launched a pair of "hate grandma" TV ads to protest pending hate crimes legislation, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (H.R. 1592), which Folger has anointed, "the most dangerous bill in America.."
Says a grandma in one of the TV spots:
They said hate crimes wouldn't silence our freedoms. But, now, we know better. My name is Arlene Elshinnawy. I'm a 75-year-old grandmother of three. On October 10, 2004, I attended a homosexual event in Philadelphia. We went there to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But, instead, I was arrested, jailed and charged under Pennsylvania's hate crimes law. If you care about freedom, stop the hate crimes bill before they throw you in jail for sharing the Gospel. Call Congress: 202-224-3121
So, let's try some quick thought experiments.

1) If a grandma buys a sawed-off shotgun and holds up a liquor store, should the cops capture and arrest her?

2) Let's say "grandma" got hold of a nuclear device and was threatening to blow up Houston or Sioux City ; should SWAT team snipers avoid a head shot, even if grandma's finger was on the nuclear trigger, because grandma was..... well..... somebody's grandma?

Maybe we've established some parameters on what grandmas can get away with. Now:

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