I went to the protest at the Mormon temple tonight. Amazing turnout. CW 11 News was saying 5,000 protesters. Fox 5 said 1,000 (uh huh). CNN's Campbell Brown was saying there were hundreds, then went off on a tangent about us protesting Mormons and black churches. I think she may be retarded. Or, more likely, she's just the latest symptom of the infotainmentization (yes, I just made up a word. Sue me.) of CNN. It's gotten to the point that I can barely watch it.
Anyway, I started off the protest standing next to Whoopi Goldberg and Judy Gold. Very cool.
Eventually, the cops closed off Broadway and started shooing people away from the temple and sending us to Columbus Circle. As I headed toward the R to come home, I was passed by probably 30 NYPD squad cars, lights and sirens blasting, as they raced toward Columbus Circle. Clearly, they were caught a little off-guard by all the homos with signs. I'll give them this, they stayed polite, despite some inappropriate things said to them by some of the younger and . . . impulse-control challenged. Don't know what everyone else's experiences were, but I thought they did well.
I'm a little disappointed that the protest moved beyond the temple. Personally, I think that's where we should focus our efforts. Keep people outside it with signs and banners for a week or two.
I read an interesting press relese from one of the poobahs in the Mormon church, saying it was unfair that they were being singled out.
At the direct request of their leaders, Mormons gave over $22,000,000 to pass Props. 8 and 102.
Now they feel picked on. Well, boo-fucking-hoo.
As Al Jolson said, you ain't seen nothing yet.
Right, Mr. Eckern?