I am going to make a FANTASTIC raving madman some day (first photo).
This is a collection of photos from the day that “Brother Jed” (second picture) and his congregation came to my campus on September 11th 2012 to tell everyone that they were going to hell. I counter-protested for around five hours that day, advocating for open-mindedness with a cardboard sign.
The day started with a church member (third picture) standing on a crate, using a loudspeaker to yell at everyone passing by about how we were all going to hell, with a particular emphasis on gay-bashing. I walked past in order to get to class, and was so furious that I stormed back out into the quad. There were people standing around, not sure how to handle the situation. Every once in a while, someone would shout something back at him, but everyone stayed far away for the most part. I marched right up to him and began to talk to him loudly about how ridiculous he was and how stupid he sounded. He was wearing a device that recorded everything. As soon as I started talking to him, a few other people crowded in closer and began talking too. We all had different approaches, some yelled, some talked calmly, but over the course of twenty minutes, his loudspeaker was taken away, we had gotten him off of his crate, and he was no longer shouting, but talking to us, trying to defend himself, which he did poorly. By this time, the crowd that had been far off had moved in very close and he was surrounded by angry people, so he had to choose his words carefully. People began making counter protest signs, and a guy dressed as Jesus satirically showed up and made fun of the whole situation. Seeing that he wasn’t gaining any ground, the church member excused himself for a break.
Next up was a woman spreading lies about birth control (fourth picture). The crowd countered every argument she made and she began shouting louder and louder, until a point was reached where she was shrieking at top volume, mad that nobody was taking her seriously. I belted out over her in MY loudest voice that “WHOEVER SHOUTS THE LOUDEST IS CORRECT!”, upon which the masses who had surrounded her cheered their loudest. She broke out of the circle that had surrounded her and ran to a picnic table nearby where she sat down for a few minutes and actually stopped talking.
I asked Jed why he thought he could be a wizard with only a staff and no beard (sixth picture). He was furious. But everybody stopped listening to him and began challenging everything he said. He wasn’t taken seriously that day at all.
The nerve of these assholes, showing up on 9/11 of all days and filling the air with hate speech. Fortunately, the crowd was united against them, and the only thing they taught us to hate was Brother Jed’s sham of a ministry. I was very proud of our campus that day.