Saturday, June 04, 2005

Lollapalosers on Parade

We're used to visitors in Lexington. Lots of tour buses with history buffs and families showing their kids the origins of the Revolutionary War. I grew up in a tourist town (a much bigger one, actually) and I appreciate the fact that I live in a place people want to see in person.

This weekend, however, we're getting visitors of another sort: anti-civil rights idiots from Kansas. Apparently these people take busloads of their followers across the country to show off their ignorance and bigotry in places that disagree with them. Sort of a "Hatred Roadshow" or "Loutishness on Tour." Worse, they expose their children to this behavior, creating a legacy of fear and intolerance. (I know some very nice, intelligent people from Kansas, and they must be cringing at their state's mainstream-media reputation, which currently consists mainly of these jerks and the anti-science crowd.)

The town has asked us not to hurl tomatoes or insults at these people, but rather to remain calm in the face of hate. I'm proud of how our town has handled the recent flap over civil rights for all families, so I guess I'll listen to the community leaders and put my tomatoes away. Truthfully, we're not getting locally grown tomatoes yet, so they're still a little expensive. It's not worth wasting either my hard-earned money or fine produce on these people.


Anonymous Russell Woolard said...

I bet Dorothy's glad she's not in Kansas anymore.

4:08 AM  
Blogger Mr. Liberty said...

Hey, Russell, I'll bet her friends are glad too.


3:53 AM  
Blogger David said...

I too was impressed with Lexington's reaction.

I was even more impressed at how Lexington's religous community responded. All (or most) of the town's churches sent representatives as a counter-protest. They stood silently in front of the KS folks with their backs toward them, and each had a plain white sign taped to them indicating which church/synagogue they were from.

I thought that was a perfect way to show that the targeted church was not out in left field.

9:55 AM  
Blogger Alison Rose said...

I also felt sorry for the pastor from the First Baptist Church of Lexington (one of the targeted churches, actually), who had to explain in the Minuteman that his Baptist church had nothing to do with Fred Phelps' Baptist church. Turns our there are about 40 types of Baptist; the FBC of Lexington is related to the group (led by Roger Williams) that founded Rhode Island. I'm sure that poor guy has to explain the differences more times than he cares to!

11:43 AM  

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