Let me get right to the point:
The National Equality March IS happening on October 11, 2009. The march’s platform of equality under law for lgbt Americans and same-sex couples will be aired. Any indications you have seen to the contrary in the past week are the product of what is stylishly referred to as “skunkworks” and what can be bluntly referred to as a lie.
When these two comments came in quick succession to Irregular Times yesterday, I was immediately suspicious:
“It is cancelled. Cleve will announce soon.”
“The event is cancelled. Thankfully. Cleve needs to refund the $150,000 he collected.”
Nope, I’m not going to give these comments the dignity of a link. Neither am I going to give linkjuice to the similar comments left on other websites. But those comments are out there, and they’re spreading discord and confusion as they’re meant to do.
Here’s what you need to know right now:
The National Equality March is going on as scheduled in Washington, DC on October 11, 2009.
Just yesterday, we had our weekly steering committee call with folks from all across the country. We are moving forward full force, fired up for this October!
What’s more, after the supposed “cancellation” posts appeared, the National Equality March organizers have announced a Chicago Fundraiser to pay for buses to head from the midwestern city to Washington, DC for the march. That’s not what organizers do when they cancel.
Who was behind all these postings declaring the National Equality March to be cancelled? A man named Mark Cahill.
Who is Mark Cahill? A man who has made it his business to “witness” at gay rights demonstrations, declaring that there is only “one side… God’s side.” He is involved with groups like Operation Save America that are trying to shove fundamentalist Christianity into public schools. Mark Cahill’s mission is to transform this country into a place where people who don’t share his values are shut down and shut out.
And now Mark Cahill’s fervent intolerance has taken him so far that he’s decided to violate the Ten Commandments, bearing false witness, outright lying in order to keep people from attending a political demonstration he doesn’t agree with.
Are you going to stand with Mark Cahill? Are you going to let people like Mark Cahill speak for you while you slouch off at the side in silence? The more people like Mark Cahill try to shut Americans down, the more inclined I am to head to Washington, DC on October 11 and speak up.