"I hear you're having a sign-making party for John Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity," the lady at church whom I'd seen around but never met said.
"I'm thinking about it, but I'm trying to talk someone who lives closer in to having it." I said.
"Wouldn't it be wonderful if the church could sponsor a sign-making party or let people from out of town stay here for it?"
"Actually, I don't really think it would. I don't see this rally as problematic, but I'm worried that sign-making parties and lending the church to protesters would become a regular thing for liberal political rallies and I think that would be a bad trend for our church. I think we should leave the sign-making and such to individuals. But feel free to ask the minister about it. She might not agree with me." I said.
The woman hadn't been expecting to be disagreed with. It really took her aback.
"Oh, I'm sure people would understand that this is a different sort of rally."
"I perceive that this is a different sort of rally, but someone who is passionate about immigration who wants to hold an event for an immigration rally or some such would likely feel differently. It just seems like a bad precedent to set, but again, the minister might disagree. You should ask."
And it went on like that for while.