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Just when you're about to give up hope, along comes a story like this one to re-affirm your faith in humanity - and especially the youth of today.

When it was announced that the odious Westboro Baptist Church was planning to protest former University of Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam's coming out as a gay man - making him, potentially, the first out gay player in the NFL - students organized a counter-protest in defense of the young man.

Hundreds of people flocked to the stadium to create a "human wall" of support for Sam.

Small wonder that the right-wing is rapidly going extinct when you see moments like this one.

Congrats to all the young people who showed up to make their voices heard. They are indeed the hope for the future.

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  •  AWESOME! (6+ / 0-)

    Kind of makes me like Missouri more!

    "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

    by NancyWH on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 04:09:04 AM PST

  •  More power to them. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    Betty Pinson, belinda ridgewood

    The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

    by wesmorgan1 on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 06:33:48 AM PST

  •  I started a Diary about this yesterday (1+ / 0-)
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    belinda ridgewood

    but I'll support this one instead.

    Did you know that God (or the Buddha, or the FSM, if you prefer) loves the stiff-necked bigots at Westboro Baptist Church, and offers them salvation from themselves at every moment? That's also the message from the organizers of the counter-protest, as you can hear in the video linked above.

    God or whoever also loves Mizzou students, and so do we.

    I have written several Diaries in past years about the folly of South-bashing and about Progressives in the South. For example, Neil Gaiman on Anti-South Prejudice and The Young South is Ours.

    The same goes for Christian-bashing. Westboro Baptist is an extreme outlier. No Baptist denomination will have them, and they don't want to join one because regular Baptists are too squishy on Predestination and Free Will. The more common varieties of evangelical bigot are a distinct minority among Christians. They are just much louder and much nastier than mainstream Christians.

    Young people in Red states, including young Christians, are falling away from the old hatreds by the millions every year. They need our support.

    Missouri has a Constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage from 2004. Nate Silver built a model in 2009, after the Iowa decision, that shows when each state is likely to tip based on factors such as the percentage of Evangelical Christians in the state. Some states are running ahead of Silver's projections, and some behind. Mississippi was projected to come in last, in 2024. The same model has Missouri tipping in 2016. The young people are already there.

    Missouri is one of fewer than ten states not to have a current lawsuit demanding Marriage Equality, according to the listing on the lawsuits page at Marriage Equality USA. It does have lawsuits demanding recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages, or seeking to prevent such recognition.

    MISSOURI  •  On 27 February 2013, in Kelly Glossip v. MO Highway Patrol, the MO Supreme Court heard arguments in an equal protection case filed by ACLU on behalf of Glossip, who was denied survivor benefits when his same-gender partner of 15 years, MO Highway Patrolman Dennis Engelhard, was killed while on duty.  The state constitution bans same-gender marriage, but not domestic partner benefits.  On 29 October 2013, in a 5-to-2 ruling, the MO Supreme Court decided that partner Kelly Glossip is ineligible for spouse survivor benefits because MO’s constitution and laws ban same-gender spouses.

    MISSOURI #2  •  On 8 January 2014, in MO Baptist Convention, et al. v. MO Governor Jay Nixon, et al., anti-LGBT groups sued MO for accepting jointly filed tax returns from same-gender couples who were legally married in other states.

    MISSOURI #3  •  On 12 February 2014, in Janice Barrier & Sherie Schildt, et al., v. MO Health & Senior Services Director Gail Vasterling, et al., ACLU filed a MO state lawsuit for 8 couples challenging the 2004 ban on recognizing same-gender civil marriages legally performed elsewhere.

    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

    by Mokurai on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 07:39:02 AM PST

  •  WBC has visited Columbia at least one other time (2+ / 0-)
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    duckhunter, schumann

    and it was a similar experience.  It makes me really really happy to see that they are not welcome here, but bums me out I wasn't able to go either time.

    I know Missouri has it's issues, but Columbia is good stuff.  I hate to say that I've written my home state off, but the city is well insulated from a lot of the bad you'll see in the rest of the state.

    Thanks goodness for the sanity you will find in those highly educated low unemployment college towns like Columbia, Austin, Iowa City, and Lawrence.  Gives even the worst red states a tolerable place to live.

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