Since last Friday’s revelation that a Catholic group, outraged by Fells Point’s Ale Mary’s (1939 Fleet St.) usage of religious artifacts as vessels for chugging delicious ales, the story seems to have spread from blog to blog, to the Baltimore Sun, and apparently to local TV news as side segments aired all along the East Coast. The group’s numbers have grown to a whopping 850+ members – very close to their goal of 500,000 – with a wide range of members including state Delegate Joe Boteler, a person whose profile picture says “Save a whale, kill a jap,” and various other ladies that love cats.
The discussion of tactics by the group to rescue the ill-begotten chalices ranges from protesting, running in and grabbing things, possibly doodoobagging the front doorstep, and actually calling various distributors (Chimay, for one) in an effort to pressure them into ceasing supply to the bar, effectively killing the business. Neat!
Since the group is open in nature, several individuals have joined the group to serve as moles, spies and counterargument-ers, only to be met with exodus when providing opinions counter to the goal of yelling really loudly about Jesus and Obama.
To whit, a counter group has been formed entitled “500,000 Supporting Free Speech & “Ale Mary’s,” members of which have been monitoring the opposition closely. They’ve also formed a support tweetup next Thursday, and plan on countering the various foot-on-pavement protests that may or may not happen. It’s all a huge, very entertaining, mess.
Enjoy the show while it lasts folks!