or you WILL pay a $5,500 fine.
That's right. RESPECT their religion. Not just tolerate it. Not just not discriminate against it. You must actually RESPECT it.
Catholic World Youth Day is being held this year in Sydney Australia from Tuesday 15 to Sunday 20 July 2008.
And while that Catholic event is going on...
Thou Shalt Not Annoy Them.
EXTRAORDINARY new powers will allow police to arrest and fine people for "causing annoyance" to World Youth Day participants and permit partial strip searches at hundreds of Sydney sites, beginning today.
Possible offensive behaviors include
-wearing a T-shirt with a message on it,
-undertaking a Chaser-style stunt,
-handing out condoms at protests,
-riding a skateboard
-or even playing music.
If clothing is offensive to them... I wonder how they feel about the burqa or the Shiik head towels (wtf are they called?), or the Jewish yamaka?
If stunts annoy them, what if they stumble upon a Muslim responding to one of the 5 calls to prayer?
What if they pass a store with a Buy One Get One sale on Trojan brand condoms?
How the fuck is skateboarding anti-catholic? That's a new one to me. Or is it just because getting passed on the sidewalk by a dude on a skateboard is annoying for about 3 seconds?
Notice the vagueness of the law. Who gets to decide what is annoying? The one wearing the gun and taser. And you WILL comply and you WILL respect them or you WILL pay AU $5,500 for your annoying behavior.
BUT get this. If you flash a CWYD participant, the fine is only AU $1,100. So if you must protest the event, show them your willy but NOT your copy of Atheism: the Case Against God book, and do NOT wear your "Jesus is a fraud" t-shirt and do NOT play that Beatles song "Imagine" around any of them.
This "law" will be in effect for the entire month of July, not just the five days of the event itself.
Thanks for the pic Sean! :)