This is the kind of image that comes to mind when I hear Red-State Americans complaining about “activists” and the current, deplorable state of civil liberties. Gay marriage is the latest wall built by the ill-informed to block the self-improvement of a marginalised group. The second picture, so strange to the eyes of those reading 90 years later, could easily be replaced with one of a “Focus on the Family” protest, and suddenly the whole scene looks depressingly familiar.

I suggest the “activists” in the US find an equivalent pejorative for those who would deny the rights of others. “Passivists” is a start, but I’m sure there are better ones…

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