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Woman who challenged councilman goes viral

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 9:10pm

"Leviticus 20:13 states, 'If a man also lie with mankind as he lieth with a woman, they shall surely put him to death', "I brought the first stone, Mr. Webb, in case that your Bible talk isn't just a smoke screen for personal prejudices."

When transsexual woman Pamela Raintree issued that challenge to Shreveport City Councilman Ron Webb, she was trying to get his attention, but she got much more that that.

Just 7 days after Raintree spoke to Webb at the January 14 city council meeting, her story has gone viral, bringing world wide attention to Shreveport and Pamela Raintree.

Google Raintree's name and 470,000 responses pop up. She has been on sites like The Advocate, the Huffington Post, and even the Young Turks, with comments on the video from Mexico, Canada, Scotland, even New Zealand. Raintree is happy about the support she has received, but she never expected to become an internet sensation. "How can you expect something like that? Somebody made a ridiculous comment, and I challenged him to stand behind it."

Out of all the comments, there's one that keeps popping up; that Raintree should run for city council. While she isn't ruling it out, she doesn't think it's for her, saying "the truth of the matter is, I don't know enough about city business to be running the city business."

However Raintree isn't planning on stepping out of her activist shoes. She reminisced on when she thought that might have been a possibility, "I told someone a year or so ago that I was going to retire from any type of political, public life, and her remark was yeah, lets see how that works out."

Instead of retiring from activism, Raintree is throwing efforts into gaining interest on a micro housing community for Shreveport's homeless. She knows exactly the challenges many homeless face, "I have been homeless myself, and so I have some interest in getting people off the street and giving them the tools to become productive successful citizens."  She is now working with a team to formulate a business plan for her dream of a micro community.

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I am so happy to see Ms Raintree enjoying celebrity for a lifetime of hard work and activism. She is such an inspiration to not only the LGBT community, but everyone who feels ALL people should enjoy equal rights under the law.

While I agree w/the premise of gay marriage and oppose the foolish notions of biblical defenses against it, I find it funny how activists "bravely" challenge council members that are making decisions based on gut notions like this while supporting ones that oppress economic and personal freedoms by growing the tree of government through enhanced regulations or taxation under the guise of "better schools," "better health care" or the like. Be consistently on the side of expanding freedom.

The stone is just as powerful as her challenge to Councilman Webb. Once you look up what John 8:7 says, you realize just how brilliant her comment was.

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