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This kind of activism isn't helping

Joe.My.God: Chaos In San Francisco As Anti-Gay Christianists Are Chased Out Of The Castro. Police had to escort a group of prosyletizers out of the middle of a protest. In turn, claims of threats of verbal and physical abuse have been made by people of faith – claims that gay men kicked and sexually assaulted them during the above-mentioned event.

All the bible-beaters need are examples of this kind to distract the public from the institutionalized discrimination that occurred on Nov. 4.

And mind you, some of the claims of victimhood may be falsified from time to time to deflect attention from the role churches played in Prop 8, but quite frankly, I don’t have a great deal of confidence that a slice of our community — in the outrage and hurt about what went down — understands or cares about the role of non-violent resistance plays in legitimizing the cause at hand.

Yes, religion has played a toxic role in this civil rights rollback, but remember those in the faith community who support us. The better part of wisdom is to take a page from Dr. King — think twice about whether your actions help or hurt the organic, grassroots movement that has emerged. This energy needs to be channeled into positive action, because we don’t have control over how it will be spun by the other side.

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