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26th birthday

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I got this today: Your LiveJournal paid account for user "porphyre" is expiring in 5 days, at which time it'll revert to its previous status.

I want to make a t-shirt that reads this says nothing.

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:

1. Go to www.family.org and look for the "Resources" link in the blue bar on the left-hand side, right above the "Search" box, and click it.

2. Under the "Resource Category" menu on the left-hand side, you'll notice categories such as "Homosexuality" under "Resource Category." Me, I went straight to the CD's and DVD's under "Resource Format."

3. Go through, find something you like, such as the recently released movie, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or The Chronicles of Narnia Radio Theatre Complete Set, suggested donation US $79.00, or the three disc Les Misérables soundtrack. It's not a very wide range of products, but there's bound to be something either you like or you could use as a sweet gift for someone else. Click the "Add to Cart" button.

They won't send more than $100 worth of materials for free in any given shopping trip, so be sure to go through a few times, until you're sure you've dinged them.

4. Select "Add New Shipping Address," decide to send it yourself or someone else, and once you're done picking up to $100, click "Proceed to Checkout." Some people have been sending items to themselves to sell later on eBay, some have been ordering the more controversial items as conversation pieces or educational props, (as anti-anti-propaganda), but I plan on using mine as gifts, mostly. I've found no reports on receiving Focus on the Family junk mail after inputting an address, so I figure it's fairly safe.

5. The next screen asks you to sign-up for an account and give your information. Fill it out with fictitious information, enter whatever name and address you like. You might want to make up a phone number too and an e-mail account too. After filling out all the required fields, click "Proceed to Checkout" one more time.

6. This will take you to the "Here is Your Cart" page. You may have to re-enter your data again after this part to actually confirm your account. Eventually, you'll get to the "How Much Would You Like to Donate?" page.

7. Select "Enter other total amount" and enter 0.00 as the amount you would like to pay. (Don't put in a dollar sign or it will ask you for credit-card information.) Don't be fooled by the field in the lower-right-hand corner that shows you the suggested donation amounts, simply Proceed to Checkout.

8. The next screen is a guilt screen, to make you feel bad about how little you donated. ignore it. Ignore it utterly. Think of how many people they're persecuted and had in their "gay kids can be cured" camps. Just proceed to checkout again.

9. Click "Checkout Now."

10. Finally, pass this information on to all your friends. They've got money to back them, we have word of mouth, let's see if we can win.

edit: as also told in the seattle stranger

edit: "They have altered the site slightly. After placing your each order, it will try to block you from placing subsequent orders. They accomplish this thru the use of cookies.

Go into your browser's user preferences and trudge thru the cookies present and delete all from www.family.org. It is not nearly as complicated as it sounds, and can be done quickly. Then of course go back to taking their money. I'm getting bunches of the Narnia DVDs and selling them off to Record Exchange and anywhere else who will pay and giving the money to the local AIDS taskforce and Planned Parenthood and PFLAG and other organizations to support the communities of the people that Focus on Family continues to preach hatred and intolerance towards."
thanks to Jezcabelle.

edit: We've killed it. Thank you to everyone who participated, but we hit the tipping point. They won't accept anything less than the suggested donation. It was good while it lasted and if anyone has an extra Modest is Hottest t-shirt, feel free to think of me if you need a volunteer.

yet another edit: An Anonymous posters says: "if you are willing to pay a dollar, you can still order up to one hundred dollars"

I havnet' tried it myself, but go to.

Feel free to copy and paste.

I'm thinking that if we run out of people to give Narnia to, we can sell them on eBay and give the proceeds to Planned Parenthood.

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Lucky I liked the movie. Now all the children I know are going to get a copy.

I like this shirt here.

This one's good too and sort of what you were talking about except for the swearing.

I've been fond of that first one since it came out. That and stop clubbing baby seals.

The second one, that's what black nailpolish is for.

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I think you just made my brain implode.

How was the meat cake?

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Oh wow. This is brilliant. Mind if I copy and paste, with credit? :)

PLEASE! The more of us in this, the more money we get. Think of it a little like the sponsered protestors that Planned Parenthood had for a bit.

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oldskool to the rockzor?

*grins* Thank you. I was sent about four or five different links on this though, some of them messier than others. I'll edit and mention the Seattle News.

One possible danger ....

One possible danger to this is that they may use your visit as propaganda and reinforcement for their position. "Over 15,000 people ordered material from our store" or "we had over a million hits last year on our website" Using numbers to indicate general support for their cause is a over used tactic - but it can work to generate funding for your cause from public service sources (they are a registered charity). They may have an ulterior motive for giving away stuff besides extracting donations. The "free beer" days of attracting votes may not be completely over and perhaps they feel this is a multipurpose tactic. Benefits to them are 1. increased access to funding because of perceived support from web users 2. possibility of donations 3. possibility of converting people if they visit the site 4. preaching to the converted and supporting already held prejudices 5. web statitstics that indicate support for their cause 6. developing their mailing list (obviously the goods will be shipped to somebody's valid address possibly pamphlets enclosed)

Good luck with this. I would like to know what happens.

Love Mum

Re: One possible danger ....

I'll keep in touch about what I recieve.


I will check that out and see what happens.

PS: Nooooo expiry LJ :(

I asked for two copies of Narnia. I think today I might ask for a few more.

p.s. *sniffles*

porphyre, I think you just made my day! That's awesome.

You're very welcome. It's nice to see how much attention this is recieving.

Ship to yourself, but for added fun, use this as your primary verified address:

Church Of Scientology Of B C
401 Hastings Street West
Vancouver, BC V6B 1L5
(604) 681-9121

Dr. Justin Timberlake of the church of scientology sure is a generous bloke.

Andrew, you deserve that statue of Ozmandis.

/taps you with a fairy wand for a couple of months of LJ.

*is glittered*

Thank you!