Alex Blaze

The story behind the gay rally photo

Filed By Alex Blaze | November 30, 2010 1:30 PM | comments

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I posted back in October about this photo that ran with an Indianapolis Star story about a gay protest (on Cupcakegate) with an antigay counterprotest (on sodomy):

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The interpretation was supposed to be "Look at those angry gays and how mean they are to good Christian people" but I said it looked more like "Here's a smug asshole who went down to the gay protest to try to provoke people."

Well, that guy's name is Adam Briggs and he stopped by that post yesterday and gave his side of the story. Turns out my instincts were right:

I'm the man on the right and I'm proud to have been out there that day. When the homos are able to parade through the streets and no one stands up for Godly family values, I must. May more men of God join me next time.

The name of the man on the left is John Rusher, as reported by the IndyStar. He was so angry at me because I called a nearby homo a 'faggot'. I did so because he had 'faggot' tattooed on his arm. I called him what he wanted to be called.

Well, we have no way of knowing if there was someone there with the word "faggot" tattooed on his arm, but I'm willing to buy the part of Briggs' story where he went down to a place where he knew there'd be gays and started calling people "faggot." Then, when someone engaged him, he leaned back like "Whoa, don't get all excited!" and had his camera ready to get a picture to show everyone that the gays are just as bad as the homophobes.

It's a strange brand of political porn that everyone who already agrees with one side is supposed nod along with and say, "Look at how intolerant they are of us! I guess we get off the hook for being homophobes."

But what's important from this story and why I'm posting about it again is to show that when you go down to these protests, these folks show up ready to make you look bad. This one guy is probably not the sharpest tool in the shed and even he knew that if he went to a heated gay protest and shouted faggot at people and had his camera ready he could get some good photos.

This stuff isn't complicated if you know what's going to happen in advance. The problem is that we're less organized than these folks are and we often don't know what's going to happen.

Anyway, the good pastor Adam Briggs was also offended by my little joke about people who protest sodomy in that post:

Also, Alex, it troubles me that you don't follow the same rules that you apply to the comments section. The rules state that "...personal attacks will not be tolerated." Yet, in paragraph two, you falsely insinuate that I practice sodomy when my wife is out of town. I consider that a personal attack and ask for a retraction and a public apology.

Well, it's not a personal attack on this site to call someone gay. If anything, I was just wondering aloud about those people who sit around, thinking about two men having sex, and get so disgusted they go and protest the very act of sodomy. Obviously that's what most straight men do with their spare time, so I don't know what I was thinking.


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Your original point stands - we shouldn't imitate the enemy and their angry behavior.

In the original post the first two comments were from someone named "wilson" who was at the 'rally" and he said this:

"I was at this Rally -- the guy holding the Flip videocam had earlier entered the rally space with a hostile sign and started shouting pseudo-religious crap at the top of his voice. Yup, I had shouted back at him to let him know folk weren't intimidated by his bullshit.

Not intimidated? Crazy religious beliefs are not intimidating. "Bull-shit?" Sure, but trying to respond with anger never accomplishes anything. These Christians are looking to show US as irrational and we shouldn't help them. THEY are irrational and laughing at them is the best response.

Kathy Padilla | November 30, 2010 3:24 PM

True - you should never challenge bullies. They'll always change if on their own if you let them accost you.

This was a public "rally" Kathy. Let the religious nuts act crazy and obsessed, we don't need to.

Kathy Padilla | November 30, 2010 5:00 PM

I'll take advice about deportment in public when I get to see yours.

Hey - I have the Pink Panther tattooed on my arm. From now on I'm going to insist that I be called PP. And I'm going to start calling all those sailors "Mom" too.

After all, that's how God would want it, right?

This guy represents a loving God about as much as a rapist is a good advocate for abstinence education.

Below are videos of the event itself. I do represent a loving God who wants people to know that they are in a destructive lifestyle. If someone is in danger, it is loving, not hateful, to warn them. Please turn to Jesus Christ today for salvation from God's wrath.
http://vimeo.com/15756469
http://vimeo.com/15757210
http://vimeo.com/16058219
http://vimeo.com/16076198
http://vimeo.com/16076322
http://vimeo.com/16089253
http://vimeo.com/16090624

Too bad you need a deity in order to have morals. Christers are a pox on this planet especially the one's who cite Leviticus. Don't you know that that verse is aimed at straight men who have gay sex on the side? If you don't you need to read the Old Testament the way it written, from a straight, jewish, nomadic, shepherd would understand it 3000 years ago. Then you might understand what it says.

You christers are so stupid. Homosexuality wasn't even described or thought about scientifically until the early 1900 by fledgling psychiatrists. Are you saying your buybull was written just 100 years ago? Thought not.

Jesus didn't call Mary Magdalene a whore when people wanted to stone her. He didn't call Zaccheus a thief. I don't think yelling "faggot" at a protest is the way Jesus would have 'lovingly' warned gay people of their abominable lifestyle choice.

Remember who Jesus did get pissed at? The Pharisees who distorted the purpose of the church. I don't know the purpose of your church, but I really don't think you should be associating yourself with Jesus Christ.

P.S. I don't expect you to change at all. This atheist grew up in a Southern Baptist church. Go ahead and keep believing what you want about gay people and using the bible out of context to justify your actions. However, I do hope you reexamine your definition of love. No one I love would use slurs against me. My doctor has never called me a dyke, even when I'm not taking my medicine and making unhealthy choices.

Well, Adam, as an ordained minister of the Gospel, I too represent a loving God who wants people to know they are in a destructive lifestyle. Living a lifestyle in which you feel the need to stand on a street corner agitating, declaring yourself a holy man and others sinners, and calling young men 'faggot' seems rather destructive to me. What are you really doing to usher in the kingdom of the Prince of Peace? What are you doing to spread his message of love and compassion for all people? Because if Jesus came back today and saw that, I'm thinking he wouldn't recognize your teaching as anywhere close to his.

And gay folks who feel the need to call Christians names? You're not doing much better. You are free to not believe. No skin off my back. But respect the fact that there are many LGBTQ Christians out there that you are offending as well.

Oh, and the faggot incident is in the second to last video listed above. It is "part 6".

Wow, Adam, really? Do you think the video supports you? All I see is infantile bully name-calling "in the name of Jesus." In what book of the New Testament do you find this? In your wildest dreams, do you really think this is effective ministry? You and I both know it does nothing to bring people to God, so you must have something else in mind. You are there to bring attention to yourself, near as I can tell. And Jesus DOES have something to say about that.

Please accept my loving warning of the danger of your actions. Something nasty could happen to you. See - feels good to you - right?

"nice tank you have there - you wouldn't want something to happen to it"

I think it is VERY disingenuous to say you are representing love by going out of your way to "help" people by calling them derogatory names, and not offering even the slightest help. Would you consider it help if someone stood near you and called you names, picketed or bullied you, in a "loving" attempt to change your behavior?

If you really intended to help people there are so many ways you could've done it, from volunteering to care for people in various programs to

It's obvious your actions do not reveal even the slightest care for anyone or wish to be a positive help. But they do say a lot about your obsessions.

"Hey, I've got an idea. Let's scream insults at a gay pride rally. I mean, really hurl them, quick and fast, and try and cut those gays to the quick."

"Won't they get angry?"

"Yeah, but then we say it's all in love. They'll understand! Then we'll ask them to turn to Jesus and they'll have to come to our church!"

"That's the stupidest plan I've ever heard!"

"No, they have to do what I say because I say God says it's so. See? Flawless plan. Get your sign paint, Earl. We've got a rally to crash!"


I can only hope the planning meeting of their counterprotest was this interesting. Emphasis on "hope."

The wall of people in video #6 reminded me of an organization in Pennsylvania called Silent Witness Peacekeepers Alliance. Organized by a straight couple, their purpose is to put a silent wall of rainbow umbrellas between anti-gay hatefulness and their targets.

I would love to see their project go nationwide at rallies such as the one we are talking about here.

A pastor who tries to justify his calling someone a "faggot" by alleging that the individual had a tattoo proclaiming that, does not justify his saying "by calling a nearby homo a faggot."

Pastor Briggs does not know the Jesus I know, who is probably weeping over the ignorance of one of his "disciples." The Bible does not say simply that God loves, but rather, it says, "God IS love." If that be true, then God cannot hate, period. Love cannot hate. So why do those claiming to speak for Him hate so much?

'Tis a puzzlement.

This is confusing. Usually it's just amusing.

Do you faithful all "represent" the same God?

With all due respect to those who believe the bible is the word of God, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.

First, just Wikipedia (verb) the word Sodomy, and you will discover that Lot was truly a nutcase according to Genesis. He offered a mob of horny homosexuals his virgin daughters rather than let them have sex with his two male angel guests. Even after the angels made the Sodomites blind, they continued to beat on Lot's door wanting to get it on with them. Sounds like a real bitch fight to me. Second, if any person of sound mind believes that God sent two angels in the form of men to see what was happening in Sodom, they do not have much faith in God's ability to be all knowing. He has to send spies?

Finally, did Adam Briggs follow the example of Lot & offer up his daughter or any virgin to appease the sexual desires of the gay men at this gathering? That would have been the right thing to do according to Lot to keep them from fornicating with each other. It does not make sense, but Lot thought it was a good idea.

I checked the definition of Sodomy to make sure that oral sex was included in the definition. I got a kick out of the art work on the Wikipedia page for Sodomy illustrating God watching two men copulating.

With all due respect to those who believe the bible is the word of God, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.

First, just Wikipedia (verb) the word Sodomy, and you will discover that Lot was truly a nutcase according to Genesis. He offered a mob of horny homosexuals his virgin daughters rather than let them have sex with his two male angel guests. Even after the angels made the Sodomites blind, they continued to beat on Lot's door wanting to get it on with them. Sounds like a real bitch fight to me. Second, if any person of sound mind believes that God sent two angels in the form of men to see what was happening in Sodom, they do not have much faith in God's ability to be all knowing. He has to send spies?

Finally, did Adam Briggs follow the example of Lot & offer up his daughter or any virgin to appease the sexual desires of the gay men at this gathering? That would have been the right thing to do according to Lot to keep them from fornicating with each other. It does not make sense, but Lot thought it was a good idea.

I checked the definition of Sodomy to make sure that oral sex was included in the definition. I got a kick out of the art work on the Wikipedia page for Sodomy illustrating God watching two men copulating.

Most straight guys have no idea that when they take things in hand that they're having gay sex! That is practicing sodomy! Wonder if the "pastor" ever had unclean thoughts and took things into hand? Someone should ask him that? Maybe he can tell us if his hands are female or male? Wonder if he can tell?
People should stop trying to change others beliefs!
Reverend Regina!

friday jones | December 1, 2010 10:01 PM

That's Onanism, not Sodomy! Hmmm, now that's a peanut-butter-and-chocolate moment right there: "You got Sodomy in my Onanism!"

John Rusher | March 15, 2011 12:30 AM

This is John Rusher, the one shown above yelling at Adam Brigg. This photo was shot directly after Mr. Brigg asked me at what age I was raped or molested....yes, that brought out some hostility....just thought my side should have an impact as well.....good work Bilerico project....KEEP CALLIN EM OUT! The Rally for Equality at the Indiana State House that I helped organize with Indiana Equality and Rally For Equality was a huge success, with hundreds in attendence. Thanks for all the support!