Although I usually refrain from "commenting on comments" on this blog, every once in awhile something rises to the occasion of worthy exception to the rule ... and this morning is one of those.
The Chris Hedges' piece on the vandalism of the Equality Ride bus in Iowa ...
... posted here yesterday brought the following two comments:
Craig Goodrich said... Well, it certainly was thoughtful of these mindless, vicious vandals to very carefully write only on the windows, so removal of the graffiti wouldn't damage the bus. Particularly when spraying that way is so much more difficult than simply squirting the side of the bus; you have to use a ladder or stool. Which means, if you're a dumb noisy lowlife homophobic radical-Christian-right vandal, you have to be, uncharacteristically, very quiet and careful about guards -- since this is happening right next to a large hotel.Amazingly resourceful, these radical-Christian-right- homphobic rednecks.
The Pilgrim said ... I looked at the pictures of the bus. There is absolutely no permanent damage to the vehicle, especially the paint surface. The window writing is done with those large markers that used car dealers use to put prices on the windshields of their vehicles, and are very popular with cars full of cheerleaders and pep squad members on their way to state basketball tournaments. They come off easily with soap and water. Awfully considerate of those midwest homophobes. . . .
So evidently defacing a bus with graphic homophobic graffiti is OK as long as it will WASH OFF????? Ergo my officially staggered imagination ... which engendered this response from yours truly:
I've got a pretty vivid imagination which is increasingly immune to being staggered by the arrogant ignorance of those who presume to stand for "traditional family values" and then condone or encourage the kind of hate-filled demonstration exhibited by the Equality Ride bus vandals.
So, gentlemen, my hat is off to you this morning as your venturing once again into the land of "I can't believe Christian people would treat each other so" has given us yet another example of why there is no "season" or "pause" long enough to mend the rent in the fabric of the Communion that your absolutism has wrought.