Nov 15 2013

Operation Hijack Hashtag #militaryfreedom

Last night on the House floor, there was an hour of speeches from Louie Gohmert and some other fundie congress members ranting about how Christians are being persecuted in the military. Gohmert and all the fundie organizations that have banded together into a coalition to destroy religious freedom in the military (for everybody except anti-gay Christians) are telling people to tweet to #militaryfreedom.

Please watch Gohmert’s speech from last night, and tweet your comments to THEIR hashtag – #militaryfreedom

The guy from Thomas More Law Center accidentally retweeted my tweet of our “The Truth About Mikey Weinstein” video last night to their 34,000 followers!!! He deleted it when he realized that it was a tweet from me and that the video, made by a MRFF supporter, really was the truth about Mikey!!!

Screengrab of email to me from Twitter proving that the Thomas More Law Center retweeted my tweet

Help us hijack their hashtag! #militaryfreedom



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  1. 1

    I’m a screen-reader user and unable to see the retweet image.

    Could you please add a transcription to the image alt text or the text of the post?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Chris Rodda

    @ fwtbc … Did I do it right? I’m really not that familiar with WordPress, and didn’t even know there was a thing there to add alt text (I usually just drag and drop my images and hit insert), but I just went to my media library and looked for the alt text thing and think I did it right. Let me know if it worked.

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    Hi Chris,

    The alt text still just says “Retweet”. I’m only vaguely familiar with wordpress, but I’m pretty sure there’s a field called “Alternative text” when you upload an image and that’s the one you need to fill in.

    If you updated the image’s info and that was the field you edited, it’d appear that it doesn’t automatically apply to any posts already using said image. Your best bet is probably just to edit the post, remove the image and add it in again and that’ll probably fix it.

    Thanks again, I’ll check back in later.

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    Chris Rodda

    Yeah … it was a field called “Alternative text.” I filled it in with a description saying that the image was a screengrab of the email I received from Twitter proving that the Thomas More Law Center retweeted my tweet. “Retweet” was the file name of the image file. I’ll play around with it over the weekend to try to figure it out. Maybe replacing the image and doing the alt text at the same time will do it, like you suggested.

  5. 5

    Jason has some help for you on the accessibility front here:


    Most of the comments are off topic about something that happened on another blog so you can ignore that.

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    Chris Rodda

    OK … I just tried deleting and then re-uploading the image with the alt text. Did it work this time?

    @ Trebuchet … I saw something about this inaccessibility checker plugin thing, but really don’t understand how it works and just haven’t had time to figure out what it is.

    And, I want to say thank you to both fwtbc and Trebuchet for trying to help me figure this out rather than assuming that I’m deliberately trying to make things difficult for visually impaired readers. The reasons for me not doing this stuff have to do with me not being all that tech savvy about websites and not having enough time to figure things out, and not that I don’t want to do it or don’t think it’s important.

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