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  •  I agree: visibility is key (12+ / 0-)

    I lost my patience with an earlier diarist today who argued that protests do more harm than good and we should all just be quiet.

    No one hands you progress.  You have to demand it.  I'm not saying there isn't a place for conciliation and compromise in many areas, but those have to be partnered with visible, large-scale demands for change.  

    Equal rights have never been won by sitting quietly in the back and not making a fuss.

    •  Please rethink WHERE you protest (0+ / 0-)

      .... I agree with protest in principle.

      I absolutely disagree that protest at any religious facility is going to do you any good.  I've read too much crap here on this site that indicates that there are one too many anarchists (and sh*t stirrers and undercover agents) that are egging on this behavior, which is totally counter productive.

      "Toads of Glory, slugs of joy... as he trotted down the path before a dragon ate him"-Alex Hall/ Stop McClintock

      by AmericanRiverCanyon on Mon Nov 24, 2008 at 03:11:12 PM PST

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      •  Protesting LDS churches is quite productive. (5+ / 0-)
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        DaleA, supak, vacuumslayer, Clarknt67, Eddie L
        1. The LDS church is going to hate it and therefore be less likely to oppose us next time around.
        1. Other people and groups are going to see what happens to the LDS church and think twice before opposing us next time around.
        1. People are going to realize (correctly) that Prop 8 was mostly a Mormon thing, which will make them less likely to support it next time, and will also make the media better at figuring out that the group of anti-gay people at a particular rally are, in fact, mostly Mormon, thus exposing that sham.
        1. The LDS church loses credibility and becomes stained with the reputation of bigotry, as it so richly deserves, and it will therefore have less political capital the next time it tries to abuse an innocent minority for no reason other than the edicts of it's loony beliefs.

        It has to be done carefully, but it should be done. The LDS protest in New York a week after election day was a good example of how to do it: the giant banner in front of the crowd said "GOD LOVES GAY MARRIAGE," which made it clear that the beef was not with religion but with BAD religion.

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