A couple years ago, before I was blogging at Box Turtle, a man showed up at a National Organization for Marriage rally, carrying this sign:
In a decidedly emotional reaction, I redesigned NOM’s logo to reflect the sentiment:
However, I discovered something today that I did not expect: An antigay Facebook page has taken the image for its cover photo:
Facebook will probably kill the page, but you can see a screen grab of it here.
Let me issue the usual caveats:
- You can’t judge our opponents by a few of their fringe members (the source of my misgivings about my own graphic, which I explored in the more considered evaluation linked to above)
- The page itself may be nothing more than a nasty and stupid joke.
- And in any case, it’s a tiny group — barely more than 40 people who work with, go to school with, or live next to gays and want to kill them.
Even so, this development stunned me. You really can’t parody some of these folks. I know that, but being confronted with it still astonishes me.
And in case you’re wondering, I won’t demand that they stop using my image. If I can help them damage their cause — help expose them as a group of murderous bigots with whom no decent person would associate — then I say huzzah!