I went to a gay and lesbian unity festival on Sunday. I thought it would be interesting enough of a photo opportunity. Unfortunately it was rather tame with very few things to see or be interested in, aside from loads of people just wandering around enjoying the nice weather.
However, there was one sideshow attraction. A group of Christians with bullhorns and picket signs shunning all the "sinners".
Mind you, I sit on the fence with all of these "issues". I could really care less what anyone chooses to do or believe, so long as they don't try and force upon other people what they do or believe. Unfortunately, it seems that with arguments like these it happens often.
It was a rather immature display from both sides.
The group of Christians approached the situation by claiming such things as, had the gay and lesbians been coddled by their parents and preached to more as children they would have "turned out better". Trying to convince the crowd that homosexual relations could kill them. Their words were ridiculous and weak. But nevertheless they presented their case and spoke their mind as they supposedly have the right to do, with a rather large police presence in case things got out of hand.
The crowd was just as ridiculous and weak with their arguments and words. As they gathered around the group of Christians with a buffer of police between them, it seemed that their tactics were to try to be as shocking as possible by shouting such things as penis, cock, and anal sex among a myriad of other things. Occasionally someone would step forward to argue as the person with the bullhorn would take questions.
It felt like a fun game for both sides more than it seemed like a heated confrontation between two completely opposite opinions. Even the bullhorn seemed tame and muted.
As all of this was going on, the person in the photo walked up, and started chanting, "God loves me, God loves you!" and got on his knees in front of the line of police as close as he could get to the Christians and stared screaming the daily prayer mockingly. "Or father who art in heaven......"
I found the message of the patch on his bag to be quite ironic, as he was being exactly that. Shortly after his prayer, some police had some words with him and he seemed quite apologetic.
I think it was a perfect demonstration of how immature and ridiculous all of it was.
Again, I sit on the fence. I could honestly care less about it all. I just take pictures.
Canon EOS3~24mm @ f11~Kodak gold 200 @ 400 (set the ISO to 400 for some stupidass reason)