My intention with this post is not to sway any opinions, but to express my admiration for women who unabashedly support the causes they believe in.
I care about politics more than I’d like to, but I haven’t been one for political rallies up to this point. They hurt, even when peaceful. I attended a pro-choice rally a couple of weekends ago organized as a counterpoint to a demonstration at a clinic that provides abortions. Basically, the people who work for the clinic get harassed for doing their job, and it was especially obnoxious during Lent.
It’s so self-congratulatory. They wouldn’t do this alleged praying privately because no one would be watching. Perhaps not a surprise when the current likely GOP nominee is just the one who equates being right with yelling loudest.
Keep in mind these were pastors, religious leaders, who said they were there because they love us and want to save us…despite the fact that we are murderers who will burn in hell. And that we are Satanist communist pagans, which I really don’t see the problem with. I admit I got a bit of a giggle when a few pro-choice women started chanting Hail Satan and the pro-lifers believed it to be a literal moment of devil worship. This is why liberals can be funny but it’s so incredibly painful when conservatives try to use humor—everything has to be literal.
One of the pastors argued that you can’t speak Gaelic and be pro-choice…with a member of our group who then proceeded to speak Gaelic. That he doesn’t care if anyone gets raped, there are alternatives to abortion. That all of the Christians there would adopt a child—but have they? And have they supported a single mother who has no job, maternity leave, or healthcare?
It got really ugly when a pastor told a veteran who has served 3 tours of duty to get back in the kitchen. And called Obama a Muslin f–, one of only a handful of words I won’t use on this blog. (Hint: not the “fuck” f word.) So many homophobic slurs and the reiteration that sodomy is a sin (but it’s fun). And abortion is racist because it’s mostly black and Irish babies (I have no idea where the Irish part comes from or why they still think Irish is a race; perhaps it surprises no one that they aren’t interested in talking about Latinas when discussing stats). It was the only time I’ve heard women un-ironically called “jezebel” and “witch” outside of The Crucible.
I don’t mean to assign blame to religion because I know these groups don’t represent a majority of the faithful. This isn’t meant as an attack on religion, but on a certain approach to religion. The mentality that there’s a correct religion to follow, so it’s okay to have a morality complex and talk down to everyone who disagrees with you. I can’t stand the idea that there’s no room for a viewpoint that isn’t yours (a statement that I acknowledge contains a certain degree of irony).
Some of the cars driving by were encouraging, while others were pretty douchy. Guess how many of those driving by flipping us the bird were women? Zero. And guess how many middle fingers we got from men? Don’t tell me this issue is about religion or morality or politics. It’s about men controlling women.
Besides the torrent of verbal abuse, it was sort of the ideal social gathering for me as it required no small talk whatsoever. Lots of chanting “What do we want?” “Choice!” and honking and screaming when people supported us. I truly admire the activists who attend rallies every month and even every week and manage to hear insults hurled at them without taking them to heart. It was extremely difficult for me to switch gears and go to work later that day without the words popping into my head.
As a librarian it really hurts that people don’t bother to find credible sources of information, which they could at the library. FOR FREE. These people STILL believe Planned Parenthood sells baby parts even though the alleged proof was fake, and Planned Parenthood has done more to prevent abortions than Right to Life. The words you use and the “truth” you spread can kill, so please be careful with them.
You can still feel morally superior and pray for me.
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