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Now THAT’S Advocacy!

Jim Burroway

December 5th, 2009

Advocacy, Yale style

Yale students turned out to demonstrate against an itinerant anti-gay preacher.

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Anders
December 5th, 2009 | LINK

Hey we at SUNY Geneseo have been doing this for a couple years now!

http://media.www.thelamron.com/media/storage/paper1150/news/2008/10/02/Opinion/Tuesdays.Demonstration.A.Triumph.Over.Hate-3466531.shtml

http://media.www.thelamron.com/media/storage/paper1150/news/2009/11/12/News/Candlelight.Vigil.Precedes.Nycf.Lecture-3831032.shtml

GreenEyedLilo
December 5th, 2009 | LINK

Lovely. Reminds me of the time a Muslim woman yelled at L’Ailee and I for kissing goodbye on our very own stoop in front of her children. (It’s not just conservative Christians who hide behind their kids.) I started trying to debate with her. L’Ailee saw what a losing battle that was, bent me back until the ends of my hair touched the stoop, and deep-kissed me like she was going off to war. When we came up for air, we had an audience that did not include the Muslimah.

Sometimes you just have to assert your right to be yourself, you know?

AdrianT
December 5th, 2009 | LINK

The best thing to do is to wave some books by Darwin & Dawkins in their faces – the poor man is missing out on so much knowledge, excitement, and life in general. I pity such people.

David Malcolm
December 5th, 2009 | LINK

Oh please Dawkins is a joke, an obnoxious one at that.

But I’d probably do the same thing… if I had a boy friend that is.

Burr
December 5th, 2009 | LINK

I’m not sure it’s worth the time antagonizing a mentally-handicapped former drug dealer. But oh well..

Lindoro Almaviva
December 5th, 2009 | LINK

Love that story. I have myself gone on to a deeper and longer kiss in public just to make a point.

Regan DuCasse
December 5th, 2009 | LINK

Doesn’t this guy know that the most Christian thing he can do is give to charity, extend a gesture of kindness like helping someone carry a heavy load or shovel their walks or rake leaves?

Maybe in the Starbucks line, pay for the coffees of everyone else behind him? Or maybe even offer to read to the blind or give to a scholarship fund?

Rants and raves and criticism and general diarrhea of the face won’t cut it.
You have to DO, not talk.

It’s sort of like when I ask those who are anti gay in particular and still believe HIV/AIDS is a gay disease: did you donate any money to AIDS research or preventative education?
Did you volunteer for any support for people living with AIDS?
Did you even pray that those committed to fighting AIDS through medical research and development will FIND A CURE OR VACCINE?
Or do you just bad mouth people with the disease, but do nothing to help actually FIGHT it?

I know a GOOD Christian when I see one. I know a GOOD Jew, Muslim, Buddhist and so on, when I meet one.

These are the folks who fight injustice, poverty, help the diseased and sometimes just fix a flat or give piano lessons for free.

Just about anything but preach and point out the faults they think everyone else has.

Were that same guy, put out a sign that said: Free hugs, God is love.

That would say a lot more to make a better world than his current method.

Can I get a witness?

Richard W. Fitch
December 5th, 2009 | LINK

Regan’s comments prompt me to mention a recent interview clip I saw with the incredible Karen Armstrong. I am a bit vague on specifics but the gist was: In religion, and Christianity in particular, we have come to assert that orthodoxy is more important than orthopraxy; that is, what we *believe* is more important than what we *do*. And to quote an ancient source: “Faith without works is dead”.

KZ
December 5th, 2009 | LINK

Homosexuals and Sodomites are mentioned on his sign. I thought the terms were one in the same to anti-gays.

Burr
December 5th, 2009 | LINK

Were that same guy, put out a sign that said: Free hugs, God is love.

That would say a lot more to make a better world than his current method.

It’d also get a LOT more converts, which I thought was the point?

Nah his point was just to be a prick, and his method only proves it.

John
December 5th, 2009 | LINK

This exact same guy was at my college just two months ago. Apparently he goes around doing this a lot.

Robert in San Diego
December 6th, 2009 | LINK

He was hoping to be a martyr for the recent hate crimes legislation since they all think that it silences their right to free hate speech.

Timothy Kincaid
December 6th, 2009 | LINK

I know a GOOD Christian when I see one. I know a GOOD Jew, Muslim, Buddhist and so on, when I meet one.

These are the folks who fight injustice, poverty, help the diseased and sometimes just fix a flat or give piano lessons for free.

Perhaps that is what Jesus meant when he said:

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

I’m not adequately familiar with the holy texts of Jews, Muslims, and Buddhists, but I suspect you’d find something similar there.

Oh, and for those who were wondering, there is no accompanying verse of Jesus saying “all men will know you are my disciples if you hate the sin”.

Nick
December 7th, 2009 | LINK

When the fundies make these “REPENT” lists I always count to see how many I am and try to go for the high score. I got 9 on this one.

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