April 19, 2012

Gayrilla Warfare Tactics

Note: I often refer to Facebook and Twitter as social media ephemera.  This post is a great example of that.   Most of what I am writing here was discussed on Facebook.  But that conversation will quickly disappear and get pushed down under a sea of pith. I wanted this here in long-form mainly because this blog is  for me and my children.   This post is an example of why I continue to write here.

Yesterday, I posted this on Instagram with the following text:
Bought this at a garage sale today, then threw it in their trash as I left. The book cost 25 cents but the look on the seller's face was priceless.

The book is titled "The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today" and was written by Alan Sears and Craig Osten.  I think the title of the book speaks for itself.

I was not rude or angry -- actually, I was quite polite during the transaction, even though my stomach was churning with disgust.  When I got to my car, I snapped a quick picture of the book, then put the book into the seller's trashcan that was waiting at the curb for our city's pickup.

I watched it slide it to the very bottom.

As I drove away, my thoughts turned to book banning and censorship (something my friend Kara also brought up during the Facebook conversation).  And as someone who has railed about book banning,  I realized the hypocrisy in my actions. Ultimately, I came to the conclusion that while it felt good to make a statement, I still would not want that book out right banned.

Still..... it makes me happy to know that one less copy of that book is in circulation.


Jenny said...

I love you.

Amanda said...

sigh. I'm going to have to get back on Facebook. Sounds like I missed a good exchange.

Olivia said...

I missed that bit of the FB discussion. Personally, I don't see what you did as censorship really. You paid for a product and did with it what you wanted. Censorship would be if you told other people they could not ever read that book.

kreed said...

I don't think there was hypocrisy in your actions. You didn't demand that the book be removed from library shelves. You didn't organize a school book fair boycott because the book was published by the book fair company. You didn't tell your kids, or someone elses kids or another adult that they could not read the book. You didn't put a brown cover on all of the copies of the book at the bookstore. You purchased a copy of the book and did with YOUR copy of the book what you deemed appropriate. If you had run into the garage sale, snatched up the book and torn it to bits, that would be one thing. But buying it and making a statement regarding your personal beliefs and taking a stand with YOUR personal property is another thing entirely. In my opinion, of course.