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to win the war on equality?
to win the war on equality?
New rules for Radicals
Ian Taylor, Never Say No Comment, Inc.
can individuals do to help influence public opinion and their politicians about
the issue of human dignity and equality in the same-sex marriage debate?
If you're a closeted gay or lesbian, it's time to come out to your family, friends,
co-workers and others. "To know us is to love us," as the saying goes and once
people realize there are gays and lesbians close to them, their views often change.
On December 14, 2004, Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin revealed how he came
to understand the family issues better when he learned close friends had a lesbian
daughter who'd experienced severe problems due to her sexuality. He said, "We're
all human beings and all of us are brothers and sisters and cousins and daughters
- Speak out about equality. Even if you have no desire to marry,
the issue is about human rights for all people. If you attend a church service
where damaging statements are made, get up out of your pew or choir loft and walk
out, silently making a statement. If you have gay or lesbian family members, speak
up when others condemn them. Do not force yourself to suffer in silence as others
use bigoted language. Love is the only requirement for defining families.
Use your wallets, checkbooks or credit cards, to support worthy organizations.
The radical religious right is spending millions to fight equality, but telling
the truth often costs much less. If you attend a church that spreads messages
of hate, write them a note for the collection plate telling the church you've
spent the money elsewhere to help equality.
- Write letters to editors
in the news media, on websites and every other place possible. Keep them short
(under 125 words) and do not display anger, which is the enemy of reason. There's
already enough negativity from the radical religious right. Be positive, joyful,
loving and caring - this drives the opponents crazy because they look like big
- Visit the offices of local Members
of Parliament opposed to human dignity and equality. Do much more than e-mail
them or phone. Visit them in person. Dress up. Bring your family. Introduce yourselves
to all the staff. Smile. Be joyful. Let them see the faces they're discriminating
against in person. Stay a while. Offer to buy coffee. Bring Grandma and the kids.
Ask to be photographed with the politician. Ask for a free flag and some of those
Canada pins MP's hand out. Offer to come back soon to visit your new friends.
Make it like a picnic, a family values picnic with your MP's staff.
Stay informed of the latest news and watch for
weaknesses in the arguments of the opponents. Remember your goal is not to fight
them all the way, but to win them over to the truth. In the battle for equality,
the Parliamentary vote should be unanimous, so make the issue clear - it's about
equality, justice, dignity, respect and the diversity of all of God's families.
- Don't trust the Liberals. Urge discriminators and anti-Trudeau "Liberals"
to cross the floor and join the Reform-Conservatives.
give up, keep smiling and remember: The first rule in a conflict is to demoralize
the enemy. When the enemy is the radical right, it's not hard.
the last federal election, now-defeated Liberal MP Dennis
Mills called Ian
Taylor a radical. Taylor proudly uses the term now, while Mr. Mills is known
in less positive ways.