I tend to agree with Pogie when it comes to the protest by Earth Firsters at the capitol building yesterday.
Was it the most effective way to get their message across, probably not, and they probably wasted their opportunity to meet with the Governor in person, though it was cool of him to try. But these kids don’t represent Montana’s conservation movement, most of them weren’t even from here.
The reaction to the protest from the right has been predictably giddy, but right-wingers are the last people to be pointing fingers. Indeed, the Christian Right are the poster children of truly ridiculous protests.
Take the Christian right’s protest of what they called the Starbucks “Slutty Mermaid” logo. Yep, a conservative Christian group calling itself The Resistance, actually issued a statement protesting the supposedly spread-eagled sexually suggestive pose of the Starbucks mermaid featured in their logo. As Mother Jones points out, perhaps these folks would know that a mermaid doesn’t have legs to spread if they had had medically accurate sex education instead what is called “abstinence only.”
Anyway, who could forget the religious wack-jobs who burned Harry Potter books for promoting sorcery and the devil.
Then there was the Christian group Pray at the Pump, joined by the pastor of the Rising Sun Baptist Church of Baltimore, who planned to picket the Obama beer summit designed to relieve racial misunderstanding unless Obama changed his choice of beverage to lemonade.
I won’t even get into the Westboro Baptist Church and their ilk. You can probably think of a lot more examples of this kind of thing. I’d be interested in reading them.