This will be a short entry (and I don't mean editing tapes, "Breitbarting", let's not go to their level). I have been thinking a lot about the efforts to continue to fight the bigoted amendment that passed last night. I have several ideas, but one stands out as highly practical and fitting to deal with this problem. We know that the people who attacked us with this amendment are clinging to their churches as their means of justifying their bigotry. Why don't we cling just as close? It is easiest to put pressure from within. There is obvious legal tactics that we must take to get this ruled unconstitutional, but we should fight even harder. We should look into their hatred and capture it to win the war socially on a national level.
I am recommending that we consider having couples appear at these right wing churches that pushed their hateful agenda into law. We should have these people attending doing innocent things like hand holding, having your arms around your spouse, speaking to people in polite ways, etc. Enter their lives with a smile and an agenda, just like they do ours in everyday society. We should not do anything to make ourselves out to be the bad guys. Let's go to their churches and record their reactions. These are people who harbor deep rooted hatred of us for who we are, vitriol will come out on its own. They can smile easily out in public because they know people are watching, but in their comfort zone, we have heard their true intentions revealed on multiple occasions.
I recommend that we have groups of couples at all of these churches and just start regularly attending and privately recording. Let's listen to the preacher's message and document it. I can bet many will not be able to resist to continually make the sermons about how gay needs to change or is wrong or is a sin, repeatedly. One of the most effective criticisms of Santorum to independents was that he was fixated on one group so much that the rest of his message just seemed to be along for the ride. Let's highlight this by interaction. I am betting that, even in the first week, we get reactions that are worthy of posting. These tapes may not be admissible in a court of law, but they should be admissible to be heard by others (according to the right's beloved Breitbart). Let's make this a campaign that doesn't end here. Let's make the effort to document what these people really feel about us. Their biggest impact has been that they can hide behind a mask of faith, but we need to get under that mask to show the world the real truth. This amendment alone should be enough to shame them for being bigots, but we can do it more effectively by getting past the smiles into their hearts. Moderates will see the bigots strike at us and understand. The bigots blood will boil at our audacity. Even if they try to kick us out to avoid the sit-in, that shows their true message isn't one of forgiveness, love or wanting to "protect" marriage, but to divide and keep us down. This is a civil rights matter. Let's attack it with old world tactics and modern technology. Let's enter one of their most sacred places, a place they claim to be purely based on love, and let's make them face us. Our fight is just and their bigotry is something that will shame sensible people in the future. Let's draw them out from that shroud of religion and expose them for what they are... hate.
Sorry that this is kind of jumbled with little paragraph structure, but I am not at a great place to be writing it.
10:15 AM PT: Maybe we don't do it. I just hate to cease operations in this state completely. Hopefully we really get things kicking up to get the amendment ruled unconstitutional quickly.