Re: Ser Scot
Please read for context.
This was Tempra's post, to which I responded:
Tempra, on Jan 19 2009, 08.14, said:
These type of tactics by Prop 8 opponents will only increase the resolve of Prop 8 supporters. Good job idiots.
Notice that he said "this type of tactics" without specification on what. Given the context, the most reasonable deduction is that he was referring to setting up a google map for donors who supported Prop 8, and that he included both the boycotting and the threat of physical violence.
Also, notice that my comment was on the credibility of Tempra as a commentator on strategies for LBGT equal rights, not about the tactics themselves.
But since you asked.
I think threats of violence and harassment are not productive. I think it will be wrong for any organization to promote the use of violent threats as a means to achieve a goal.
I also think that it's a good idea to express just how angry we are. Sitting down nicely with our hands under our laps isn't going to do anything for us. I think some outlets of anger and frustration will be good for the LBGT community, as well as for those who voted for the Prop8. I am sad that if those allegations of violent threats were true, that the anger and frustration had taken an unproductive form of exp
ression. I think it took some people aback when, say right after the passage of Prop 8, that there were so many angry people out marching for the cause. I think many people voted to support Prop 8 with the mistaken impression that it's some minor thing, something so mundane and so pedestrian, that nobody will care too much. I don't think they realized how personal this is to many folks. I think a good demonstration of this would be a good thing.
Finally, I'd like to see some evidence of these threats, e.g. some documented cases of threatening phone calls or messages, before I conclude that these things are going on. If someone's crying wolf, I'd like them to show me some evidence before I bring out the hunting party.
Shryke, on Jan 19 2009, 14.47, said:
I look at that map and can't help but think "What if they did it for OPPOSERS of Prop 8?". How would those people feel about being boycotted, harrassed, threatened etc.
Yeah, wouldn't it be an ironic twist for opponents to Prop 8 to experience a life of being ostracized and harassed and perhaps even threatened? That'd certainly be a great "shoe-on-the-other-foot" experience! :thumbsup: