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Sunday, July 17, 2005

Gag Me

Seriously. Someone just gag me. Looking through the Daily Kos recommended diaries yesterday I came across one that intrigued me more than most. The title? How to stop an abortion clinic protest in 45 minutes. Curiousity piqued, I clicked on the link and this is what I got.

First, photograph all of the Operation Rescue protesters, their cars and license plates. Be really obvious what you are doing.

Second, call the property owners where their cars are parked and let the property owners know that they have twenty anti-abortion protesters trespassing on their property and assembling disgusting 6'x8' signs depicting dismembered fetuses on their property. This property owner calls in the tow trucks.

Third, call the police, so they can save your ass if things get too rough.

Fourth, wade into the crowd and start yelling "Jesus is love! Stop the Hate!" Don't stop until somebody hits you.

Fifth, hope the cops are there to stop the developing melee.

Sixth, yell "Help, they are assaulting me," when they lose it and start attacking you.

Watch with an incredible sense of satisfaction as the cops shut down the demonstration after only forty-five minutes and send everybody home whose car hasn't been towed.

Walk back to your car, buy a six pack, and enjoy a beautiful afternoon sitting on your deck watching the eagles hunt prairie dogs and rabbits behind your house.

Now disgusted, I Google the phrase, "Bill of Rights" (just to be sure I'm correctly interpreting the first amendment), click through the links and get down to our very first constitutional amendment, which reads like this.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or ABRIDGING THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, or of the press; or THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE PEACEABLY TO ASSEMBLE, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Capitalization mine. So you get pissed off at a group of protesters excercising their first amendment rights. Yeah they're yelling and screaming at certain people but, um, they're protesters. That's what they do. So someone concocts a plan to get them out of public property by luring them into a fistfight, which then breaks up said protest. Does anyone else realize what kind of holy hell the Daily Kos would raise if the roles were reversed?

Regardless of what side you are on in the abortion debate, the tactics used to break up what, on its face, seems to be a protest not unlike many others that occur daily across the country are ridiculous. If someone had attempted to interrupt a protest I was partaking in with some bullcrap like this, I'd be strenuously arguing for the organization to go the legal route.