Skatje Myers (daugher of Pharyngula blogger MZ Myers) recently raised hell at her school over some anti-gay comments by the student body president. This is a problem at a lot of high schools, so I'd like to take this moment to float a suggestion for dealing with such people that's been bouncing around in my head for some time. What follows was designed with a full-force anti-gay campaign in mind: some high school students have actually organized anti-gay days, complete with custom made t-shirts that say "homosexuality is a sin" or some such.
Step 1: Ask yourself "can I rely on the mental stability (if not rationality) of my opponents?"
---> If "yes," gather up some fair-sized rocks.
---> If "no," take a collection and buy some Bricks of Silence. Paint over original lettering
Step 2: Mark them with choice verses from the Old Testament
Step 3: One by one, each person on your side hands one rock/Brick of Silence to your targets, each time telling them something about your self. The progression should go something like this:
(Leviticus 20:13): "Hi, I'm gay."
(Deuteronomy 13): "Hi, I'm Hindu."
(Deuteronomy 21:18-21): "Hi, I don't always get along with my parents."
(Numbers 15:32-36): "Hi, I have a weekend job."
And so on.
Such a campaign just might "shock them into sanity" (to quote nuclear critic Lewis Mumford).
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