Just when you thought anti-LGBTQ protesting couldn’t get any more upsetting (and ridiculous):
Anti-LGBTQ carolers in a Sacramento suburb gathered at their local Target to show (aka sing) their opposition to recent updates to California’s safe schools laws. The spectacle has already been covered by the local press and elsewhere in the blogosphere.
A couple of points on the protest, itself (after the jump):
- As upsetting as this “anti-caroling” is, it’s worse for anti-LGBTQ conservatives than it is for us. When people co-op one of the few holidays most intended to celebrate the “one human family” to tear others apart, they come off as bitter fools. Bah humbug, we say to them. Go hang out with the Grinch.
- The same goes for the Westboro folks who protest at military funerals. And for the pundits who raised a stink about LGBTQ-headed families attending the White House Easter Egg Roll.
- When you attack children, you show people that your community is the least capable of standing up for the American family.
There’s nothing all that “new” about these laws. They are extensions of a law passed in 2000, the Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act
. The core values of the new laws have been on the books for seven years!
California’s new safe schools laws merely correct inconsistencies found in the reach of the first law, and give the first law teeth. Congratulations to California (specifically the folks at Equality California) for getting this work done. No amount of legislation will change the lives of LGBTQ people until those laws have enforcement provisions.
The new laws make school boards responsible for implementing anti-discrimination policies. Naming the party responsible for this work is key to getting it done. It’s called, as so many on the Right like to remind us, "accountability".
The new laws also ensure that all publicly funded K-12 schools and institutions of higher learning protect their students, regardless of who they are.
If I didn’t know how damaging this “anti-caroling” is to the psyches of young children who see hate messages held by people dressed as Santa’s littler helpers, I’d say carol on. The more hateful, more bigoted, and more ridiculous these people are, the less relevant to American society they’ll become.