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)

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