Liberty Sunday filming in Boston draws quite a crowd

Molly and I have just returned from the peaceful vigil that was to be held outside Tremont Temple, where the Family Research Council's Liberty Sunday was filmed. Here is an excerpt of just what exactly the event was about:

The expansion of non-discrimination laws to include homosexuality inevitably constricts our right to express and act on our religious beliefs.

Um, what?

FYI, Mitt Romney spoke at the event. Someone remind me what the guy is doing in our lovely open-minded state again?

Members of the GLBT
community, along with several Unitarian Universalist groups (and one group of Open and Affirming Baptists!) met across the street from the church to hold a peaceful vigil. People passed around candles and sang songs of peace and unity. It was a nice display of community and all, but the timing (we were told to get there at 6:30) was a little odd, because by the time we got there, the attendees were already inside the church.

By 9:15 or 9:30 or so, when the folks started filing out of the church, most of the church groups and GLBT/ally folks had left. We were still there, holding our "happily married couple of faith" sign. Most of the others there had signs like "Mittler" and "Romney is a disgrace." As people walked out, they started shouting "shame! shame!" at them. My group of friends and I quickly decided we weren't into the name-calling and judging, and started chanting "love has room for everyone." A few others came over and joined us. While I'm appreciative of all of the folks who were out there in support of equality, I kind of question what good it did to shout at Liberty Sunday people and call them names. When noted anti-equality figures walked out, several members of the pro-equality crowd flipped them off and yelled at them that they were going to rot in hell and so forth. Not what I consider too productive.

One attendee of the Liberty Sunday event asked a gentleman in the police barricade if she could come talk to us (she seemed to have chosen us since we were chanting about love, rather than shouting at her). The officer was reluctant, but let her through to talk to us. The young woman asked me and Molly if we were married, we said we were, and she told us that it was sinful. We asked her a few questions, such as if she hoped to have the opportunity to marry the person she loved. She seemed to think that we had chosen to love one another, but that she was born attracted to males. She also told us that it "says so in the Bible" that it's sinful for us to love one another, but she couldn't tell us where in the Bible it said this.

Molly and I were interviewed by Bay Windows, several journalism students, and Mass Resistance. I'll update in the next few days with anything they publish. I'm just waiting for Mass Resistance to put up our pictures and call us sodomites or whatever. Woohoo!


Mark D. Snyder said...

There needs to be room for all forms of protest. Resistance has a long history in our community. Unfortunately showering these right-wing politicians with love will never win them over. They were holding a far-right political event inside of a church so they could continue to dupe the right-wing christians into supporting them through fear. They need to be challenged in multiple ways.

eeka said...

Sure, I agree in the case of the politicians, but remember that most of the people there were just regular people who need something to believe. Most people with that extreme of beliefs have never really sat down and talked to out queer people. I think we can show them that we're real people, and that we're more logical and clever than the fundamentalist figureheads, and that our way of thinking and our way of compassion just makes more sense. If they already have the idea that we're faceless evil people, seeing us screaming insults isn't going to change their minds.

In the case of the young woman who came over and talked to me and my friends about our families and interests and beliefs and whatnot, I definitely think she learned a lot more from us (and us from her...) than she did from having insults screamed at her.

The politicians are nothing without a following. While I've not ever had much luck engaging with the big-name fundies, I've definitely been a part of educating and swaying respectable numbers of their following.

Ron Newman said...

The Tremont Temple should be ashamed of itself for allowing the modern equivalent of a Klan rally to be held within its walls.

At least one performing-arts group is now discussing whether to continue holding concerts at the Temple, since its gay members no longer feel comfortable there.