So the Pope is coming to Sydney, and the New South Wales Government is scrambling to protect him. What better way to shield an absolute monarch than with despotic legislation?
We can bitch and whine about it. We can blatantly flout these laws and hand out free condoms, as some are planning.
Or we could stop and think about it. If only we could identify the opportunity here.
Here’s my suggestion: make badges/buttons — lots of them. Print on them, in big bold letters, “ANNOYING”. Nothing more. The aim isn’t to offend, it’s to passively protest stupid laws and celebrate our freedoms.
Now, get people to sell the badges. Have volunteers spread all over the city selling them. Also make deals with shops to have them available next to the till.
Recognise this idea? It’s no different from what’s done on Daffodil Day or Red Nose Day. Have the proceeds go towards assisting AIDS victims. I would suggest AIDS orphans. Make sure the group it goes to is credible and secular. It’s heartbreaking how many so-called ‘charities’ are just cynical missionary Inquisitions in drag.
I consider this to be a win for all. Citizens get to peacefully protest, World Youth Day isn’t disrupted, and the children get some help. Would the government dare to stop this? Would they halt a funds-raising operation for disadvantaged children? I don’t know, but it’s worth a shot.
I’d actually be surprised if this is an original idea. I haven’t had time to pay much attention to the matter, so I’d expect that someone is already working on something similar.
(fully expecting the obligatory “why is this on Planet xxx???” whinging from people who don’t understand the point of a Planet and who like to oppress those whom they disagree with)