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):
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.