Protesters and dealing with them

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  1. Stormyjjl

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    First of i would like to say this is mostly for guys that have some "gay" in them.

    I was downtown in my city the other day and my S/O and i were walking hand in hand and there were these guys who were in the bed of a truck with a big sign that said "repent in gods name." They were yelling at us to "come in to god" and for us to leave our wicked ways.
    Most people would say don't say anything to provoke them or ignore them. All I said was three simple words "I love you" and they stopped they had no come back. I thought it was amazing. I guess the phrase "Kill them with kindness" wasen't a joke.

    Any thoughts?
     
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    That was a courageous thing to do, I'm glad that it worked for you.
     
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    This reminded me of a recent retort I heard here in Tenerife.

    Some of the main resorts are plagued by Time Share reps on the streets trying to snare unsuspecting holiday makers. They are very very persistant and even follow people. Part of their routine is to use scratch cards and people always appear to win the top prize of course!

    I have heard many excuses from people refusing the scratch cards but my favourite was " Gambling is a sin can I talk to you about Jesus?"

    The guy was left alone immediately.

    I think your answer was great too and it seemed to work well.
     
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    I haven't had any group protest against me in some time. I can't recall what I did but I think it involved boiling oil out of gargoyles and raining stones on sappers.
     
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    The guys in the pickup are probably of the mindset that all have sinned and would likely have yelled at you even if you and your SO were the Pope and Mahandas Gandhi. Don't take it personally.

    Your comeback, though, was precious and probably got more points from God than your accosters got from their whole adventure.
     
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    Yes, I think that is the perfect comeback because it reminded them of what they should be saying. In fact, there is a place in the Bible where Jesus says something like "Love your enemies. If you do, it will really confound them."
     
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    Excellent! Most people would not have the courage to say what you did. Fortunately, my partner and I have not been presented with this situation.
     
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    BRAVO!

    Well Done!
     
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    Great response.

    Personally I'd have a loud but lucid and logical debate with them in the street.

    The mroe i can't get through to them, the more the other people on the street will realise that they are just idiots which aren't worth paying attention to.

    Letting them hang themselves is the most damegeing way of dealing with them.

    In a way though, your response is far more elegant than mine, and I applaude you for your courage and quick thinking.
     
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    I remember being on the Gay Pride march in 2005. At a certain point on the route were the protesters, hidden behind crowd control barriers probably more for their own safety than anything. As we passed them, we smiled and waved and were gracious as they stood there with their 'Adam & Eve not Adam & Steve' and suchlike banners. Frankly I'd have liked to tell them to go f**k themselves.
     
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    There was a great quote from George Bernard Shaw, along those lines. I'm sure I'm not recalling it precisely, but it was something like:
    "God tells us to love our enemies because it is so good for us, and so bad for them."
    Your comeback was utterly BRILLIANT. Perfect! Gandhi would be proud.
     
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    In the past when I worked with others to organize various gay rights rallies and marches, we used to anticipate the presence of counterprotesters and have a few queens dress up as "church ladies." They'd stand right with the counterprotesters as if they were part of the same group. They'd hold up signs with similar slogans but even more ridiculous. It turned a downer into a fun and triumphant part nof the event. The funniest part was watching the fundies try to figure out how to deal with their new "allies." It usually took at least a little while for them to figure out they weren't "real," ha ha.
     
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    I thought that was a Ferengi Rule of Acquisition...
     
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    Oh, perfect, Matthew! Quotes from Emily Litella would be perfect. At a Roe v Wade protest, something like "Proportion is Murder!" At a gay rights protest, perhaps "Atom and Weave, not Atom and Sleeve!"
     
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    I think that there are a lot of very confused people in this world, including some who call themselves "Christians."

    The Jesus I have read about in the Bible was a man who loved others and instructed them gently.

    The situation that you describe is troubling on so many levels...
     
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