Er… let me rephrase that.
Hit & Run, the blog side of the libertarian publication Reason, just posted an interesting article on the Folsom Street Fair, or more specifically, the advertising for the FSF – the well-known San Francisco gay/kink/leatherfolk festival. Apparently some Christian groups have taken issue with one of the advertising posters in which mostly half-dressed men are seated Last Supper-like about a table.
A comment from the Christian NewsWire includes this amusing tirade:
HUNTINGTON, Conn., Sept. 25 /Christian Newswire/ — Once again, San Francisco prepares for the perverted Folsom Street Fair where homosexuals, sadomasochists and others gather for public displays of nudity, beatings, group sex and public masturbation — PART TAX PAYER FUNDED — with police just standing by and watching.
Further down we read:
Stephen Bennett, president of SBM and a former homosexual said, “This is the most vile, vulgar and disgusting public display of filth I have ever seen in my life. There is no doubt a double standard when Christians and Christianity are mocked by homosexuals and degenerates in such a blatant, vile and sick way. Where is the media outrage over this event? We Christians will no longer tolerate this abuse nor be silent.
Now, a slight crush on Maymay notwithstanding, I’m not gay. But personally, I’d love to be able to check out this event, which I understand has been a major event in the city for years. Granted, it’s not the typical agricultural fair that we see here in New England (and uncharacteristically, I’m going to resist the obvious jokes about pony-players and livestock) but I fail to see what the big deal is – it’s an event for mature, consenting adults. In fact, I learned something in perusing the FSF web site:
Each year FSE returns all proceeds (including gate donations and beverage sales) from the Folsom Street Fair tm, Up Your Alley Fair and Magnitude® to qualified local charities.
A list of charities follows, most of which are local concerns.
I’ve just spent a half hour reading various online discussions about the morality of parodying the Last Supper with gay leathermen, and I’m only scratching the surface. Frankly, I’m amazed that so many people have jumped on this minor news item. What’s more amazing to me, though, is how people like Stephen Bennett never learn that such vociferous objections almost always result in more people learning about the very thing that they’re looking to stop from happening.