Earlier this week, I was reading one of Ed’s posts, and I followed the link to the original post, where I found this gem of a comment (and I would link to it, but the blog owner has reconsidered what he wants to make public):
‘Freedom of speech’ does not mean ‘freedom from mockery.’
Well, mockery has all sorts of uses, from a Tom Lehrer song…
Up at Syracuse University, an anti-gay-rights activist met her match in the form of a single brilliant counter-protester.
The student, Chris Pesto, who made this sign — this ingenious sign — had the following to say (quotes taken from here):
I decided that because this woman thought it was okay to make me feel uncomfortable in my home, I would retaliate and make her feel just as uncomfortable, if not more.
This woman was wearing a ankle-length corduroy skirt, which, as we all know, is a fashion nono. So, in order to make her feel uncomfortable, I stood next to her and held a sign that said Corduroy skirts are a sin! I don’t think I have ever drawn so much attention in my life. SO many people asked to take a picture with me, I got laughs, high fives and there were the few that even cursed off the woman standing behind me.
As I drew interest to what was going on with myself and the woman with the hateful sign, I started to draw a crowd that stood with me in support. Before I knew it I had 100+ people holding signs for gay rights asking people to honk their horns to support.
It always makes me feel good to see people not only doing the right thing, but also doing the smart thing. Congratulations on an extremely successful counter-demonstration, Chris, and for having the courage to stand up for yourself, for your rights, and to stand against bigotry (and bad fashion, even if it’s lost on me).