From an email forwarded to me, chronicling one family’s experience in trying to express their constitutionally protected political and religious opinion in California’s 2008 election, photos below the jump:

In response to having lawn signs stolen on a regular basis in our area, we decided to display our position on Prop 8 with a large banner.

This afternoon a couple of women pulled up in front of our home and started painting on the windows of their car.  I guess they disagreed with us.

As they were painting these messages, my husband came out and asked them if they would like to have a conversation.  The “conversation” consisted of them calling us bigots, promoters of hate & prejudice, parents who didn’t protect their children and un-Christian (this last comment causing my 11 year old son to cry because he IS a Christian and is so very proud of it!)  My husband and children tried to engage in conversation to share our concerns and point of view and were met with increased intensity and anger.  Their entire message was that we were closed-minded, motivated by hate and prejudice.  In the end, we left them to their project…knowing that sharing and trying to understand one another’s point of view was NOT something they were interested in.
Here’s what we were left with in front of our home.  By the way…we live across the street from a kindergarten playground…what a nice thing the kids will be able to see at recess and as they walk to and from home.
Now for the good news…since this happened this afternoon we’ve had all kinds of people drive by taking pictures, talking with us and expressing support.  In fact, a wonderful family from our school stopped by to tell us how sorry they were.  They are voting No on 8 and long ago we decided that we would be that balancing force for each other in the universe.  I was impressed by the way they went out of their way to make sure all was well with us and to let us know that they supported us even though we disagree on this issue.  THIS is the American way… I wish this whole election process would be designed to promote these types of feelings among neighbors instead of the hate and intolerance that seems to be becoming such a prevalent part of our daily lives.
Well, that’s what’s happening at our house this weekend.  Hope all is well with you and…don’t forget to VOTE!!!
All in all, they seemed to take it pretty well–for being the hateful bigots they were described to be,  eh?