The liberal, feel-good, pseudo-hippie part of my personality thinks we can all sit down and get to know each other and overcome our bigotry, but another (much, much larger) part of me thinks the days of talking are coming to a swift end, and it’s time to just go kick some ass. It’s turned into a war out there (begun and stoked daily, I might add, by the right wing, who thrives on the hatred and intimidation), and it’s interesting to me that the religious leaders and followers in this country talk their shit and incite their violence every day of the week, but as soon as some militant political group hangs a banner on their church, the church is suing, and running scared.
Get used to it, bitches. There’s more of it coming.
It was not a happy homecoming. About 20 activists formed a picket line out front while a dozen others snuck inside to disrupt the service. One faction rose to chant, “Jesus was a homo,” while flinging pamphlets, glitter, and condoms into the air. Another dropped an 18-foot BASH BACK! banner from the balcony. As ushers scrambled to collect the condoms, two women moved toward the pulpit, where they launched into a lusty kiss.
The response was harsh from nearly all camps. The local paper described the protest as “boorish” and “self-defeating.” Chuck Norris, a well-known conservative, condemned it in a blog post, and Bill O’Reilly, who branded the group a mob of gay terrorists, called on Michigan attorney general Mike Cox to take a stand. Cox declined, but Bash Back!’s members remain wary of outsiders. It took me three months to arrange this meeting.
“I guess we did scare the shit out of them,” Mel says. “It was awesome,” adds Andy. “It’s a pray-the-gay-out-of-you place. Gays should be there protesting every day.”
Yes, it’s a Details article, so it should probably be taken with a grain of salt. I like it, though. I like it a lot. (And any group that harasses parishioners in church is usually pretty okay by me.)