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10/16/2008

There's no trick dirtier than blatant, unscrupulous discrimination

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 3-159In order to make themselves seem like the victims in the needless fight that they've waged against gay lives and loves, the folks with the "yes on 8" campaign have put together a laundry list of alleged wrongs that their team has faced during the course of this campaign. Mostly consisting of stolen yard signs, TEAM ROB GAYS OF CIVIL EQUALITY ON THE BASIS OF PERSONAL FAITH-BASED CONVICTION™ have highlighted 32 incidents that of supposed "intolerance":

Opponents Of Traditional Marriage Engage In Dirty Tricks [Yes on 8]

Our response:

"Nobody should be stealing yard signs or ripping bumper stickers off cars. We denounce these incidents, especially since they are so unnecessary. After all, we hold the truth and the power in this mean-spirited campaign. The time wasted on targeting biased physical properties could instead be used to target the disingenuous mental product that this crew wants to sell to the California public. That is where this battle will be won -- in the hearts and the minds.
Picture 4-178Now that being said, there is something WAY worse than silly campaign pranks. Namely: WORKING TO EXALT THE TYRANNY OF A MAJORITY OVER THE FAIR-MINDED, COURT-MANDATED RIGHTS OF A MINORITY! This is exactly what the "yes on 8" peeps are working to do through this cruel and un-American Proposition 8 campaign. It is an endeavor that goes beyond political discourse and enters square into the world of targeted, personal attack. And it doesn't matter how much the anti-gay side hides the attacks behind words like "protect traditional marriage" -- the truth remains that this campaign seeks to HURT GAY AND LESBIAN FAMILIES. Actually, not just gay and lesbian families, but also anyone who values fair and decent treatment of their fellow human beings.
So again, while we stand against childish sign stealing or verbal taunts, our opposition must understand how and why their actions bring about such raw displays of humanity within some people. The anti-gay side is currently engaged in one of the biggest historical missteps of the modern era, working to roll back the reasoned and principled fight that LGBT people have paused their lives and tackled for the past many decades. LGBT people are TIRED of this. LGBT are ready to be non-controversially folded into society. LGBT people are fed up with having to make long-winded, intelligent, thoroughly researched cases as to why they deserve fair civil treatment, only to have their rational thoughts stymied at the hand of unbelievably simple-minded lines like "Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve." And when talking about a community of humans who have been wronged in very real and personal ways, you have to expect a handful of them to react in rage.

The only solution?
STOP. THE. HURT. Those on the side of inequality are not ever going to win this fight, because LGBT people are not ever going to disappear from the world. They have already lost, because they are fighting for broken logic. They are the ones who have to throw in the towel. They are the ones who have to own their bias. They are the ones who have to stop fostering pain. And until they do decide to get their own houses in order rather than target ours, we are going to have a hard time weeping over a few isolated incidents of stolen yard signs. Why? Because by robbing us of countless time, energy, money, and RIGHTS, they have caused us WAAAAAAAAAAAAY more pain! And by "us," we mean the world as a whole."

**UPDATE, 10/17: OH PLEASE!!! Still playing the "we're the victim" card," a Prop 8 supporter has gone so far as to make a video showing destroyed signs:

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Wow. How petty and pathetic.

Posted by: Zack F | Oct 16, 2008 9:16:13 AM

Which part, Zack?

Posted by: G-A-Y | Oct 16, 2008 9:27:25 AM

I'm a CHRISTIAN and I'm voting NO on 8.

Why?

Because it seems that all the funding has come from false Christian groups like ROMAN CATHOLICS and "MORMONS" both of whom are idolaters (worshiping Men, Mary, beads, little statues of saints, etc).

IDOLATRY is a worse sin. Voting yes on 8 supports idolatry.

Posted by: Robert | Oct 16, 2008 10:58:50 AM

How do you steal a bumpersticker off of a bumper? I mean, without stealing the bumper along with it? I've tried to remove bumper stickers, and it ain't easy.

And, how do we know that that pregnant (probably just fat??) woman who was flipped off supposedly because she had a H8-sticker on her vehicle wasn't also driving 5 miles under the speed limit in the fast lane?! Those fat women who do that would probably piss the Pope off if he were stuck behind the bitch!

And, I know that he would flip her off, and not with that ringed finger! I have been soooooo pissed off by women like her, that I would get in front of her and drive 5 mph slower than her. And, talk about pissed off, hell hath noooooo furry like a slow fat chick getting stuck behind an even slower and creatively vindictive fag!

Posted by: Dick Mills | Oct 16, 2008 6:34:42 PM

G-A-Y: Mormons do not worship any of those things that you listed. They believe that there are prophets, but they don't worship them. They worship Jesus Christ.

And if the Yes on 8 campaign is so wrong, where are the No on 8 banners and fliers being torn apart and vandalized? It seems as though you guys are the bigots against heterosexuals. We just want our traditional marriage, doesn't mean we HATE gays. I myself have plenty of gay friends, but I'll still be able to be friends with them after and during this campaign. We believe in marriage between a man and a woman. There's no hate in that. You guys just don't follow the "rules" of marriage. It's like saying "We as 13 year-olds deserve the same rights an adult does and we wanna get married!" We're not discriminating against the kids, nor are we discriminating against homosexuals. We just don't believe it's right. We're not beating you to death, nor are we putting you in separate schools or making "Gay bathrooms" "Heterosexual bathrooms". We're not bigots for believing what we believe and all I've seen is a bunch of intolerant homosexuals who can't accept that we believe it's wrong for a homosexual to obtain the title of "marriage" when they're allowed a civil union. You want tolerance? Tolerate our beliefs. We tolerate your being gay.

Posted by: Boon | Oct 24, 2008 10:37:49 PM

Oh PLLLLLLLLEEEEEEAAASE, Boon. Your "rules" will not work here.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Oct 24, 2008 10:52:51 PM

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