Last Sunday we had our Pride Parade in Seattle. The parade starts on Second Avenue heading north, loops over to Fourth Avenue and continues north, finally ending at the Seattle Center where the Space Needle is.
I’m noticing that the parade seems to be themed from year to year. One year for instance they focused on gay-owned businesses, so there was a float for the dog grooming service with the inspired name of “High Maintenance Bitch”. This year I noticed that they had canned all those floats for the different bars they always used to have, with the interchangeable boring skinny twinks gyrating like people are watching and the god-awful bathhouse/techno dance music. Something else was we noticed was that this was the year of the corporation; everyone who was anyone had their gays and lesbians out marching: Microsoft, Starbucks – apparently corporate shut them down on calling themselves the “Starbuggers” – and even Price Waterhouse. Price Waterhouse surprised me, but I guess in this city of young software types with lots of loose cash there’s a market. But some things about the parade never change.
One of the perennial features of this celebration is small groups here and there of Fundamentalists of various flavors with signs to the effect that God hates fags and bullhorns they use without cease to enlighten those walking in darkness. It’s hard work because they are mostly figures of fun and it doesn’t help that to many in the crowds it is obvious that these street preachers shit on Jesus’ warnings to them here and here, these “blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. …”
Now if one simply cannot just ignore these benighted souls, one can respond in any number of reasonable ways. A friend of mine used to post their pictures to the web somewhere, with explanatory notes. Or you could get a little creative and have your friends help you pile a few bundles of prunings – bundles of sticks, faggots – get it? – around these heretics, and they are without exceptions all heretics, as a bit of street theater. (But then you might need to post guards to keep people with fire away.) Or failing that you might make some bedsheet-sized signs of your own with “Woe to you Pharisees” or more simply and directly “Fundamentalists hate God” to wave right next to their “God hates faggots” signs.
But we have our share of stupid people in Seattle, and stupid people do things differently. They do things like this. Here we have two jackasses – actually in this case a jack and a jenny ass – getting physical with these other jackasses who after all are exercising their Constitutional right to speak in public. As they say, watch the whole thing. Stupidity cannot be a grounds for excluding people from their political rights in a democracy because if it did there would be too few people left to have a democracy and we’d be left with an oligiarchy.
These morons stomp on someone’s civil rights to show them people’s civil rights are sacred because they apparently agree with these other morons that some people’s civil rights matter more than others – two sets of morons in full agreement at each others’ throats. This is how you make the other side’s point for them. Thanks for nothing, Jenny Ass and Jack Ass.
With friends like you we don’t need enemies. You speak for no one but your own stupid, grandstanding asses.
Unfortunately no one stopped them, but this tape footage may be enough to identify them.
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