A small handful of blindfolded protesters hit the Hustler Hollywood store on Church Street yesterday afternoon in a move to purge pornography from their hearts—and yours. If the blue blindfolds were any indication, they were disciples of the Pure Life Revolution
, which, according to its website, was founded in 2004 as "a prayer and repentance movement combined with holy activism and gut level honesty."
Why Hustler? One can only guess that these self-proclaimed warriors of purity have identified this mecca of all things erotica—multi-colored vibrators, pink fur-lined handcuffs and sex kitten products galore—as one of the "rulers of darkness" and "purveyors of wickedness" that the organization warns of in the "Know the Enemy" section of its site. They fear that we're all falling prey to "the spirit of prostitution," whose seductive grasp has got us all hot and bothered, er, desensitized.
Their plan of attack is simple: "Revolutionaries use weapons of prayer, fasting and a simple blindfold to combat the forces of the enemy. Groups of three to three-hundred have taken their Stand in public places crying out to God and confounding the wise with the simplicity of this strategy."
Fewer than 10 revolutionaries stood for purity yesterday. Then the rain came, and they were gone.