So, the pope is coming to America, and fortuitously, I live in the D.C. area. However! as everyone on Karl’s e-letter list knows, the anti-Catholics are also coming to town.
Now, I know that we need to be all nice and ecumenical about it, but honestly, I’m still ashamed of my behavior in Denver in '93. The anti-Catholics unfurled huge “The Pope is the Antichrist!” banners at World Youth Day, and I did nary a thing about it. I suppose I could have handed them some of the pamphlets I had, but I might as well have saved some time and just deposited them in the trash.
This time around I’d rather be a little more proactive. Is this wrong? I know that Fred Phelps and his crew will be here–they’ve published their protest plans on their site–and I had an idea. I know that being angry and confrontational is worse than pointless, but how about being humorous? For example, Phelps is famous for preaching his slogan, “God hates fags!” What about holding a banner up that says “God hates Fred Phelps!” near his rally? (I thought about making a sign that says “Fred Phelps is a fag!” but that might be asking for trouble–even from fellow Catholics. Heh.)
The possibilities for fun signs and quirky slogans are endless. Anyone else thinking of fun/sarcastic/ironic counter-protests in DC during the pope’s visit?