I thought the Klu Klux Klan rally in downtown Austin today was worth mentioning for two reasons.
Number one, it just showed one more reason why I love Austin. Fourteen racist hicks showed up to throw a rally outside of town hall today, and 3000 Austinites showed up to give them the finger.
There really wasn't any notable violence, although a lot of shouting occurred. I saw one of the Anti-Klan protesters explaining on TV that he understood that the Klan has a right to express their views, but that he thought it was important for Austinites to respond by coming out and supporting our commitment to diversity in response. One of the local news broadcasts showed what I thought was a classic moment of Austin great-weirdness when some of the Anti-Klan protesters stayed behind after the Klukkies had left and scrubbed the steps of City Hall and the surrounding area with soap and water in order to "clean away all of the nasty hate-slime," that the Klan had left behind.
The second reason that I thought the story was funny is that the Klan came out to support Proposition 2, a bill which would effectively ban gay marriage in the state of Texas. I just hope that gives a few people pause who are going out to support Proposition 2. If you're supporting Proposition 2, you're on the same side that counts the Klu Klux Klan amongst its ranks! Right on! And you know what? The few soundbites that I heard from the Klan speeches at the rally today used a whole lot of the same mantras that you hear on Rush Limbaugh and other right wing talk radio programs.
We're not banning gay marriages in order to attack homosexuals.
We're banning it because God is against gay marriage and the church says that a true marriage can only exist between a man and a woman.
We want to the protect the American family.
It seems that the Klan has gotten a lot smarter about masking its naked hatred of gays and minorities. How scary is it when the stuff that the Klan spouts (at least regarding homosexuality, but also in terms of their constant reference to religious ideology in order to justify their viewpoints) doesn't sound all that different from the political talking points of many "mainstream" conservative politicans?