The OWS protesters could learn a thing or 2, 456 from the clever students at Missouri’s Clayton High School. You see, protests don’t have to be obnoxious and pointless, if organizers have their wits about them and a clear objective in mind.
After Fred Phelps’ vicious, hateful, and Constitutionally-protected Westboro Baptist Church announced that it planned to take a break from disturbing family funerals for fallen American soldiers who perished for their country in order to demonstrate against Clayton High’s Gay-Straight Alliance, the student leaders of the Alliance organized what they call a “Phelps-a-Thon.” Donors are pledging to give money to the Gay-Straight Alliance’s human rights initiatives for every minute the Phelpsians are chanting and waiving their homophobic signs and placards.
Voila! The longer they demonstrate against gays, the more money they raise for gay rights, thus damning themselves to be slowly cut up into little shreds by sadistic demon high-school cafeteria workers wielding dull vegetable peelers, then reassembled by cubist jokesters, and forced to watch re-runs of RuPaul’s reality show for all eternity, or whatever happens to horrid people like them in Hell.
Peaceful, effective, lucrative, pointed, simple, and funny. You can’t have a more ethical protest than that!
[Thanks to Jeff Hibbert for the tip!]