I’d go. But notice how they frame the issue as them being portrayed as poor, put-upon voices of reason, undeservedly being called bigots.
Maybe they’ll disavow the following from October’s Liberty Sunday as reported in Bay Windows:
“We know what a family is. My wife said to me this morning, she said, `Okay then, if the sodomites,’ because they’re not gay, it’s a misnomer, they’re sodomites . . . If God calls homosexuality abomination, if he calls it a vile affection, if he calls this wickedness, I can’t call it inappropriate behavior,” said [Bishop Wellington Boone of Georgia], prompting the crowd to break into cheers and applause. . . .
He continued with a reference to his speech at last month’s FRC conference in Washington, the Orwellian-sounding Values Voter Summit, a conference at which he referred to gay people as “faggots.”
“They got offended at me,” Boone said with some indignation, “because . . . I called this whole idea of trying to get rights and trying to get over there on the African American side, I called it the rape of the civil rights movement.”
MFI may want to distance themselves from this event, and their report on it, October 18, 2006 – Gov. Romney addresses Liberty Sunday, makes no mention of Boone. But then they can’t hold MassEquality responsible for what every opponent of the amendment yells out at a protest.
Still, dialogue would be great. It wouldn’t change minds already made up, but some thoughtful public discussions, with the S, F, H, and B words banned (sodomy, faggot, hate, and bigot), could aid those trying to make up their minds.
I just don’t want MFI to get away with portraying themselves the victims in this–“they’re calling us bigots!”–so committing to taking the high road can only be good for us. Then, when the outside groups come in, such as the Family Research Council (FRC), maybe we can pressure MFI and VoteOnMarriage to kick them back out. (That’ll probably be followed by the North Pole refreezing.)
FRC’s president Tony Perkins spoke at Liberty Sunday. Bay Windows reported:
One of the more powerful alliances being forged in the conservative fight to ban same-sex couples from marrying is that between white evangelical Christians and religiously conservative African-Americans. Given that, one of the more provocative displays by Liberty Sunday protesters was a banner held by members of QueerToday.com featuring a photo of Family Research Council president Tony Perkins in 1997, when he was still a Louisiana state representative. The photo shows Perkins addressing a meeting of the Louisiana Council of Conservative Citizens (CC of C), a white supremacist group that the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups in the United States, says has a history of denigrating African Americans, Jews, gay and lesbian people and immigrants. The photo, taken from an issue of the CC of C’s newspaper the Citizens Informer, features Perkins smiling and standing at a podium in front of a Confederate flag.
MFI may end up being the least of our problems.