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Manhattan Declaration Promotes Vague, Forgettable Decal: PHOTO

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The anti-gay activists behind the Manhattan Declaration, a particularly nasty, rambling missive that skewers marriage equality, recently started peddling a new decal for supporters' car windows. To boost sales, they posted this picture on Facebook suggesting that their decal is as popular as and dwarfs HRC's long-running and ubiquitous icon.

It's a transparent and lazy marketing image, one on which Jeremy Hooper at Good As You has particularly sharp thoughts: "One is an easily recognizable, very popular equal sign. One looks like a hastily peeled orange that someone gave up on. On this war of talking out of your car's arse, I'm pretty okay with equality's odds."

But, seriously, are those scratchings supposed to be an "m"?

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  1. It's astonishingly similar to a decal used by the (very large) nondenominational Flatirons Church in Lafayette, CO.

    Posted by: Latebrosus | Dec 13, 2012 9:50:56 AM


  2. Well on the plus side, if my brakes ever fail it gives me something to aim for.

    Posted by: Caliban | Dec 13, 2012 10:06:06 AM


  3. I don't know what's wrong with me but every time I saw the word "decal", I read it as "fecal".

    Posted by: ESA | Dec 13, 2012 10:11:00 AM


  4. It looks like a corp. logo, but I can't remember which one. Of course, hardly anyone will know what it means.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 13, 2012 10:17:05 AM


  5. It looks an old, backwards Warner Communications Logo. http://logos.wikia.com/wiki/Warner_Communications

    Posted by: Chippy James | Dec 13, 2012 10:23:40 AM


  6. Perhaps their graphic designer is gay like Maggie Gallagher's hair dresser has been surmised to be. Both fighting the good fight from behind enemy lines.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Dec 13, 2012 10:29:11 AM


  7. Derivative of Warner Music Group (http://www.wmg.com/) so no originality here.

    Posted by: Timbo | Dec 13, 2012 10:41:45 AM


  8. Looks like a not-bad outdoor gear logo, suggestive of a mountain.

    Posted by: avatar | Dec 13, 2012 10:47:20 AM


  9. It's the adidas logo flipped sideways.

    Posted by: Derek Goldenstein | Dec 13, 2012 10:55:34 AM


  10. It looks like the anti-gay car was temporarily parked in that situation to set up the photo.

    Posted by: Dan | Dec 13, 2012 11:01:55 AM


  11. They're probably being deliberately vague. They know full well that the vast majority of Americans, regardless of their personal views vis-a-vis marriage equality, do not actively support their cause, and are generally turned off by public displays of hate. This provides the cowards a way to know who their fellow cylons are without coming out of the bigot-closet to the general public. After all, considering how much money they've spent trying to keep their identities secret in Washington and California, what makes us think they'll want everyone to know who they are now?

    Posted by: Steven H | Dec 13, 2012 11:08:05 AM


  12. They're probably being deliberately vague. They know full well that the vast majority of Americans, regardless of their personal views vis-a-vis marriage equality, do not actively support their cause, and are generally turned off by public displays of hate. This provides the cowards a way to know who their fellow cylons are without coming out of the bigot-closet to the general public. After all, considering how much money they've spent trying to keep their identities secret in Washington and California, what makes us think they'll want everyone to know who they are now?

    Posted by: Steven H | Dec 13, 2012 11:08:06 AM


  13. And here I thought that was a bumper sticker for the Mattachine Society. LOL.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Dec 13, 2012 11:12:03 AM


  14. We should forward it to the Warner Music Group, and they can send a cease-and-desist for trademark infringement to the Manhattan Declaration group.

    Posted by: Michael | Dec 13, 2012 11:54:38 AM


  15. I find their logo quite apt. The three sharp diagonal lines symbolize animosity towards those who are different. They are arranged into the shape of a stairway that gets narrower as you go down it, symbolizing greater rights for the majority than for the minority.

    Posted by: Matt | Dec 13, 2012 12:37:51 PM


  16. It looks almost identical to the "Academy of Art University" logo. I can hardly wait until their trademark attorney sees it.

    Posted by: GarrettinSF | Dec 13, 2012 12:55:26 PM


  17. Like they said on Facebook, "I like people know I'm a bigot and please key my car."

    Posted by: daeds | Dec 13, 2012 1:36:30 PM


  18. It looks like fallen dominoes, which is an apt symbol for the anti-equality movement.

    Posted by: To the Boneyard, Y'all | Dec 13, 2012 1:43:19 PM


  19. I am fond of visiting G-A-Y and I think Hooper has quite a way with words.

    I totally agree with many on the thread that the logo was not properly vetted for unwanted associations.

    The Manhattan declaration similarly was not vetter for consistency. It claims three points (1) dignity of every person (2) traditional marriage (3) religious liberty. Of course, points (1) and (3) are routinely flouted by the signatories. (2) It's interesting that in Orthodox theology, loving spouses is primary, procreation secondary.

    While the link labeled "Manhattan Declaraion" above links to an interesting story about Apple and an the corresponding app, the real link to the Manhattan Declaration is:
    http://www.manhattandeclaration.org/

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 13, 2012 5:06:41 PM


  20. The official explanation for the logo:

    Three stripes in a stylized "M" symbolize life, marriage, and religious freedom and our diverse coalition of Catholics, Orthodox, and Evangelicals. The increasing size of the stripes shows momentum - the building of a movement. Gradient orange invokes a flame, for truth, and the wildfire of enthusiams for our cause.

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/manhattanproject/2012/11/orange-circle-three-white-stripes/

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 14, 2012 12:13:51 AM


  21. "The increasing size of the stripes shows momentum - the building of a movement. Gradient orange invokes a flame, for truth, and the wildfire of enthusiams for our cause."

    More accurately, "the increase of the stripes mirrors how Pinocchio's nose grew when he lied, like we are about a of 'wildfire' of enthusiasm for our obssessive fundamentalist religious circle-jerk. In truth, a 'wildfire' such as ours could be dowsed with a half-empty bottle of seltzer. But that's our story and we're sticking to it!"

    Posted by: Caliban | Dec 14, 2012 12:27:57 AM


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