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Mocking Prayer by MyPrivateParty Mocking Prayer by MyPrivateParty
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.

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Canon EOS3~24mm @ f11~Kodak gold 200 @ 400 (set the ISO to 400 for some stupidass reason)
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NameUnknowne Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
I must say that it seemed like all displays of opposition there were quite immature. I think I understand the point the man was trying to raise, but I think he was taking it a little far with the prayer mocking.
These people should have a sit-down to (PEACEFULLY!!!!!!!) talk it out and get a grip on both sides. They might learn something.
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Lizzies-Uke Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009   Photographer
Oh wow. I have to say, at 16 when I went to my first Gay Pride event I wanted to cry. It was horrible, we got to the end of the street and there were crowds of people screaming at me and my friends because we got closer than the rest. My wife, as she was my current girl friend then, grabbed me up and took off. I can remember thinking why they were saying God didn't love me, and that if I wasn't gay then maybe my mother would love me. I can actually remember seeing a neighbor in the mix. To this day it really sadden's me to see how people act!I know my Mother loved me as a child. What does it matter to them if I am gay or not? This picture deffinately says a thousand words. What I don't understand is, who are the people around him?
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armoryourlove Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
you have many of the same ideals as i do.

its cool to see artists making statements with what they do. i stereotypcaly dont have meaning in mine.
nice job on this one and the colour in black and white.

keep making statements.
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GillyZ Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
You don't care about many things...
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BantaInc Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
"I could honestly care less about it all. I just take pictures."

Haha, I like that. I know what you mean and I can relate. I'm not about to have any volitile opinions unless somebody else is infringing upon meh.
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Valar84 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008   Photographer
Good work, I like the angles of the two shots.
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ampflo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008  Professional Photographer
ok i do like the dark faces and the fact he is alone in this aspect
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ampflo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008  Professional Photographer
see you already know what you want in the first paragraph,i know that you you wanted more form this. where is it?
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The-Lady-Blue Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Student Photographer
It's a pity it was all a ridiculous game to them, since it's such an important issue to a lot of people. It seems so trivial and stupid with people acting like that. And that guy with the fake prayer... he just sums it up.
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Verwildert Featured By Owner May 26, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a pity really, that people argue at all. No one gets anywhere with harsh words. And that patch on his bag just says it all.

I don't think I'm really "on the fence" here... I mean, I have my beliefs and personal feelings and everything, but I think the most important thing for anyone to do is to just love and tolerate, even if we don't all agree. It's what we're meant to do and it's a shame that people tend to forget that. Especially the Christian group. A real shame.
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