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  1. Reilly
    May 25, 2012

    It may be true that we “can’t judge our opponents by a few of their fringe members” — and such appeals to caution and reason are refreshing to see. But many of history’s vilest tyrants started out on the fringes of their respective movements as well. We really do have to keep a watchful eye on the crazies, because they often succeed in seducing fence-sitters or the less ideologically devout… and then it’s off to the races.

  2. Andrew
    May 25, 2012

    I would first argue that the fringe often state what the so-called safe folks are thinking but are too polite to espouse openly. Remember how quickly Nazi Germany went from being “tolerant” to being a killing machine? That’s because it suddenly became acceptable to unleash the id that existed all along. That’s what the fringe does — they legitimize formerly unacceptable behavior by breaking taboos.

    Secondly, I would investigate whether or not you’re entitled to damages. Sure, it might be nice to allow them to damage themselves, but they’re just as happy to do so with whatever they find.

    But here you have a chance to hurt them in the wallet. And that’s too important to overlook.

  3. Ben in Oakland
    May 26, 2012

    Rob, works of art are copyrighted the moment they are created. These people stole your design.

    Something to consider.

  4. StraightGrandmother
    May 26, 2012

    Never Underestimate your Opponent.

  5. Skooter McGoo
    May 26, 2012

    The cowards have taken down all the calls for gay people to be put to death and blocked me, guess they didn’t like being called out for advocating violence but they soon forget screenshots are forever.

  6. Eric in Oakland
    May 26, 2012

    Andrew, that is not how it works. I suggest that you look at the Milgram studies. The majority of people will follow whoever is in authority, even if the orders violate their conscience. Tragedies such as what happened in Nazi Germany say nothing about what most people believed or approved.

  7. Neil
    May 26, 2012

    From reading the comments by “Gay Marriage Is Wrong”, whom I’m guessing is the eponymous page author, I’d say he or she is a kid. The comments under that name and several other supporters commenting at the site are incredibly childish. I don’t mean that in a pejorative sense, they really do sound like young adolescents getting their kicks saying rude words anonymously in front of adults.

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