Stolen from Warren Ellis (comic-writing genius), who stole it from porphyre.
"I enjoyed a nice one-panel comic in the newspaper the other day. I don't remember it precisely, but essentially the panel was a priest standing at the altar, marrying two men, "Congratulations, you have now become political fodder for the government to keep people distracted from the real issues."
What with the Washington State Supreme Court handing down its anti-gay-marriage decision several weeks ago and the ever-hearing more about attacks on reproductive rights down south, I'm feeling that the States is tripping a bit too merrily down the Handmaid's path.
This week, I found a way to strike back.
Focus on the Family, the horrid anti-gay evangelical church based in Colorado Springs that wields too much power for anyone's good, has a store on their website that will give you books, CDs, and DVDs absolutely free of charge. Usually people pay for their items by donation, raising millions of dollars to help Focus on the Family produce more hate-propaganda featuring "experts" on homosexuality who claim it's a curable "sickness". (They're practically defined by their book A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality. Course, there's no mention of having less kids, which is the only proven method. No, no, you shouldn't use birth control, that would be wrong. They need more worshippers, how dare you prevent god's will.)
It's a little bit time-consuming, but not enough to deter me. (Nor should it you). The chance to take money out of their pockets is too useful, not to mention satisfying.
Here's how to do it in 10 steps:"
HOWTO Screw Some Evangelist Maggots Right In The Wallet
They apparently figured out what was going on and have now fixed the checkout process.  If you don't pay at least the "suggested" amount it will not complete the transaction online.  You get the following message:
" We are unable to process your request online as the amount you've chosen is less than the suggested donation. We may be able to complete your request, but you must first contact us directly at (800) A-FAMILY (232-6459) in order for us to assist you.
If you wish, you may return to the previous screen and specify a different donation amount for these resources. Thank you."
So much for a suggested donation.  It amounts more to "you're not paying us enough, so call us, that way we can talk you out of your money".  Isn't a donation supposed to be voluntary, as opposed to required?