"No Unlawful Sex" Preacher
You've seen him. We
all have; either in San Francisco, at Powell and Market, or in Oakland,
at Broadway and 14th Streets, Owens Diaz, has his explicit No Unlawful
Sex signs strapped to his body as a shield. He is still here
in Oakland and San Francisco.
He is still here in Oakland and San Francisco.
His message is
quite clear: "No unlawful sex before marriage." This
seems to be his message, at least it is the message he shouts out to
people who pass by him. But his message is even more dire than that.
He believes that to have a lawful marriage, a man and a woman
must have had no sex prior to their marriage with anyone--they must
be virgins. Furthermore, during their marriage, sex is quite restricted---he's
a missionary, if you get the message. On his posters, he is more explicit
about what he is saying than this article would ever be.
background, such as could be gotten from a robust interview, is shrouded
in mystery. Trying to get specific answers from him on specific questions
is much like getting answers from politicians--difficult and often impossible.
According to him,
he is Dr. Owens Diaz; originally from Belize, born March
21, 1937, he came to the U.S., in 1959. It was 20 odd years later
that he was called by God. Where he was when called is anybody's guess.
He certainly was not in a church, but he said he was in some part of
Southern California and the San Diego area. He came up to the Oakland/San
Francisco Bay Area in 1986, when he was called to his no unlawful
Rev. Diaz has
never been married and claims to have never engaged in any carnal activity
because it is unlawful outside of marriage.He carries on a lively banter
with a number of young females who go by regularly and seem to have
a generally friendly relationship with him. They say that he always
singles them out, maybe flirting with them. They argue with him in a
very respectful way, and Rev. Diaz says that some women have tried to
give him sex, "To feel me out, but they soon find out who I
Rev. Diaz does
not attend church because, "They are the works of the devil.
The people are all hypocrites. The church is in my heart."
He has no church or religious affiliation, and he has not attended any
formal educational institution to acquire his doctor title.
"God gave it to me. My doctorate is in this--sex. He teaches
me." When questioned closely, and he reads various Bible
passages to make his point, one can see from the difficulty of his reading
that he has little formal education, but he is strong in his views.
Diaz is ordained and commissioned by no formal institution or governmental
entity; he said that God called him specifically to this no unlawful
sex ministry, and that articles have been written about him in the
Oakland Tribune, the SF Examiner and in the SF Independent.
He also claims to have had TV offers, but he has refused, saying "God
will make me known."
Rev. Diaz, a person can see that he is single in his focus, obstreperous
in interchanges, and bigoted in his views, but, you move pass
the vociferous nature of this interview to a discussion about himself,
he is a quiet, humble, and likeable man one could easily befriend. While
conducting this interview at his standard perched area--Broadway &
14th Streets, water hydrant--friends came asking what type of drink
he would like them to buy him.
Rev Diaz's message and his manner depict him as a person you would not like to be around. But he is willing to face the ridicule of others because of his strong belief. That has to be and is respected by many people who pass him by. That is the Rev. "Dr." Owens Diaz, the No Unlawful Sex preacher of the Bay Area.