SCENE: Mitch BERG is at REI, getting a handlebar cell phone carrier for hjs bike. He rounds the corner from the coffee cups, and runs into Avery LIBRELLE, who is shopping for…something? BERG tries to backpedal quietly away, but it’s too late.
BERG: Oh, shhhhhhhhure as I stand here today, it’s Avery…
LIBRELLE: Shut up. The Supreme Court just violated the separation of church and state, by allowing an educator to pray at school functions.
BERG: Well, you got a few of the facts right.
LIBRELLE: What would you think if a Muslim were to throw down a prayer mat on the fifty yard line and delay the kickoff while he prayed to Mecca?
BERG: Coach Kennedy didn’t interrupt the game with an ostentatious prayer in the middle of the field. It was a personal observance, after the game, involving him and only him. Other than the fact that it took place on the field around people, it couldn’t have been less public.
LIBRELLE: It caused an uproar.
BERG: It caused a small group of progressives to go to the school board and, after years of such observances, change the district policy to ban “demonstrative religious activity, readily observable to (if not intended to be observed by) students and the attending public.”
LIBRELLE: So what would you think if a Muslim did something like that?
BERG: Have you actually been in the Midway Target? The Roseville Walmart? Seeing Muslims throwing down their mats at prayer time in an out of the way part of the store is nothing new at all. I care about it no more than a Christian praying whereever they want.
LIBRELLE: Yeah, but what if a non-Christian kid sees the demonstration, by one of their school’s authority figures? That’s going to put pressure on them. (Nods smugly)
BERG: So let me get this straight: a Christian school staffer, praying, privately but in public view, is…
LIBRELLE: Oppressive, fascist and probably white supremacist and racist.
BERG: Mkay. In the meantime, a non-binary or LGBTQ teacher telling kids the details of their personal and identity’s sexual orientation, including how their various orientations practice intimacy, to kids of all beliefs, including Christian and even Muslim kids, telling them there are infinite genders and no real notion of masculine and feminine, when they’re still at an age where the parents haven’t had “the talk” with them themselves yet?
LIBRELLE: Essential social education, to make up for the sloth and incompetence of parents.
(They are interrupted by an employee)
EMPLOYEE: (to BERG): Can I help yo, sir?
BERG: (waves box with holder). Good to go.
EMPLOYEE: (to LIBRELLE) And you, si…uh, maa… (looks at BERG, startingi to panic a big. BERG shrugs)
LIBRELLE: I need a new seat for my electric recumbent bike.
BERG: So you, the big environmentalist, have switched to a coal-powered bike?
LIBRELLE looks up, alarmed, stammering, giving BERG time to make his break.