Our nation has not always lived up to its ideals, yet those ideals have never ceased to guide us. They expose our flaws, and lead us to mend them. We are the beneficiaries of the work of the generations before us and it is each generation's responsibility to continue that work. - Laura Bush
No but, when it happens, it sure pisses people off. Everyone want's their two cents to be heard.
32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.
I've only actually spent a significant amount of time around a protest march/meeting on ONE occasion.
That was at the Mall in D.C., during a war-protester march and a veteran's Gathering of Eagles counter-protest, where I was an Event Marshal and tasked with trying to keep the peace in coordination with the DC Park Police (a very professional organization that earned my deepest respect that day, btw).
It was quite an education.
On both sides, there were those who conducted themselves with dignity and restraint, and those who seemed flat damn determined to provoke someone into violence with extreme verbage and actions. Both sides seemed determined to drown each other out much of the time. There were an estimated 30,000 present, and it was a chaotic madhouse.
This caused me to conclude that protests and counter-protests are NOT places where one may expect polite and civil debate, or even much reasonable behavior, out of either side. They seem to feed off each other and get more extreme as the clash goes on.
To get to my point... where there have been instances of pro and anti SSM protests/counterprotests, I've no doubt there were uncivil acts on both sides, perhaps including people trying to drown each other out.
However I would not attribute such behavior as a general norm for either side, since such encounters are so chaotic and uncivil by nature.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
"Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people." - Penn Jillette.
You are right though. Protests tend to bring out the crazies by the truckload and it certainly does work both ways. Basically it works out just as well in person as it does on any of the threads we see right here.