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Anti-Choice And Pro-Choice Protesters Face Off In San Francisco
by Z
Saturday Jan 21st, 2006 1:37 PM
On Saturday January 21st, a crowd of over 10,000 abortion opponents gathered in San Francisco in Justin Herman Plaza. Pro-choice activists gathered a few blocks down near Pier 7. Around noon, the anti-abortion crowd started marching up Embarcadero and hundreds of police moved in to keep the pro-choice crowd ouut of the street as the right-wingers filled Embarcadero.
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by nice pictures!
Saturday Jan 21st, 2006 5:14 PM
Interesting how the prochoice side all had very unique and individual signs, and the anti-choice side were pretty much all saying the same thing (in a very patronizing way too).

Some of the anti-choicers also had signs naming the towns they'd been bused in from...
by *
Sunday Jan 22nd, 2006 7:06 AM
Any demonstration that is 99.9% mass produced signs is a completely contrived organization with a phony political agenda. This whole show was clearly to build a fascist movement and support fascist political candidates under the guise of opposing abortion. As Bush speaks the loudest about being anti-abortion, you can be sure these were Bush voters. The counties they came from, mostly the Central Valley and the Sierra foothills, are staunchly reactionary voting counties. Of course, the Bay Area has its fascists, and it was the San Francisco Catholic Church that was the primary organizer of this event, but they did not turn out much of the Bay Area. This hate march of American fascism was clearly also a police parade, both blatantly, that is, those in uniform, and the fascist march itself. Like the Ku Klux Klan, these fascist organizations in the North are equally filled with police as proud members. This hate march must be nipped in the bud; I am glad I was there and I will be there again and again until fascism in America is gone.
by janinsanfran
Sunday Jan 22nd, 2006 11:35 AM
I also took a lot of pictures and wrote this event up. <a href= "http://happening-here.blogspot.com/2006/01/on-verge-of-alito-anti-choice-meets.html">See here.
by Joe
Sunday Jan 22nd, 2006 3:26 PM
"Before you were in your mother's womb, I knew you" - God

What part of that does the pro-death camp not understand???
by lb
Sunday Jan 22nd, 2006 3:36 PM
God has historically hated sinners and frequently condemned them to painful deaths. For instance, as a lesson to those who have the audacity to show physical love for the same gender, God incinerated the genitals, mouths and every other orifice involved in such sexual practices in the towns of Sodom and Gomorra (Genesis 19:24-25). As a lesson to those who are fat and sloppy, God struck a town of gluttons with a vicious plague which made that last drumstick taste none-too-good and wiped out every living person (Numbers 11:33-34). As a lesson to youngsters who fail to be seen and not heard, God sent a bear to maul to death a couple dozen children who had teased a bald man (2 Kings 2:23-24). And during one particularly bad mood, God threw the lessons out the window and killed every man, woman, child and infant on the planet (except Noah's family) with a Great Flood (Genesis 7:23). It's a good thing these John 3:16 liberals weren't living then.

http://www.landoverbaptist.org/sermons/nosissy.html
by GOD
Sunday Jan 22nd, 2006 3:38 PM
There is absolutely no reason to opt for abortion when God allows us, and in some instances, orders us, to rid ourselves of troublesome children after they’re born. Wasn’t it God who said, “Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones” (Psalms 137:9)? Why insist on prenatal killing when the post-natal killing options are so widespread? The Bible authorizes us to kill just about any child who becomes burdensome. According to Deuteronomy, if a child is unruly and disobedient, we not only have the option of killing him, but it is mandatory that he be stoned to death (Deuteronomy 21:18-21). The same is true for a child who speaks to us with foul language (Exodus 21:17). Or a child who hits us (Exodus 21:15).

The bottom line is that only coerced abortion is allowed in the Bible, not abortion on demand. And God, in his infinite compassion, provided us with the means of eliminating troublesome children once they are born and we know for sure they are unwanted. So tell your skeptical acquaintances to put away the coat hangers, once and for all, and let the child be born, but have stones and the Proverbial rod handy, just in case.

http://www.landoverbaptist.org/sermons/abortion.html
by pathunk
Sunday Jan 22nd, 2006 4:40 PM
>"Before you were in your mother's womb, I knew you" - God
>
>What part of that does the pro-death camp not understand???

I don't understand the God part. Actually, I don't understand how you can base your ideas on a God, a story. It's crazy.
by myth
Sunday Jan 22nd, 2006 6:04 PM
Total hypocrisy.
by Rev. Judy
Sunday Jan 22nd, 2006 8:31 PM
The Bible is a book of different people's experience as they grappled with their god. It is not God, it is a book. Yet, idolaters have been so vain as to believe they know some god's will and can interpret these vastly contradictory stories as if they were God. This is blasphemy.
This blasphemy has led to the burning of untold numbers of women, crusades where millions were killed, and the misguided missionary vendetas where it was always better to kill the "heathen" to save his soul than to honor him as just another of God's Creation.

I am afraid you "Christians" are getting ready to launch another bloody, brutil bloodbath in the name of some god. When will you ever learn? When will you get off trying to play god and begin to live according to what Jesus taught: Heal the sick, feed the hungry, love everyone, especially your enemies, and let God be God.

I pray that this devil's work of condemning others in the name of some god will not cause another dark blotch on the history of this planet.
by Rev. Judy
Sunday Jan 22nd, 2006 8:39 PM
Jesus said give all your money to the poor and follow me, love your enemies, heal the sick, feed the poor and don't worry. Yet you boast of having a church with a $750 million budget, 2000 "humble staff" and a radio show. You are not following the teaching of Jesus and should stop calling yourself a Christian. You are arrogant enough to pretend to know the will of God, that is blasphamy.
Jesus came to set things straight yet you set his teaching aside and go back to the old testament and cherry pick verses that validate your egotistical call to fame, wealth and power over the lives of others.
I pray for you.
by Rev. Judy
Sunday Jan 22nd, 2006 8:46 PM
Perhaps you honestly believe that your leaders are the good guys and we, progressives, are the bad guys. Your leaders are leading you astray. In this country they have allowed corporations a free rain to polute our air, water and land so that deaths to polution related disease rivels the number of abortions. Around the world death due to US corporations far exceeds abortions. Abortioins decline when women feel secure in their ability to care for the child. Yet with their land confiscated, their farms taken, their livlihood taken, their environment poluted, they see no future.

Then some fundamentalist Christian ministers teach their congregations that people only suffer if they deserve it. Hogwash. People's suffering is caused by the greed of corporations and power-hungry politicians. And now that the US Gov. is paying off those preachers who will tell their flocks who to vote for, the new crusade is on.

I pray for you.
by lighten up, Frances
Sunday Jan 22nd, 2006 8:57 PM
the website pointed to in two comments above is a joke

just look at it's home page

http://www.landoverbaptist.org

have a laugh once in a while, especially at the blasphemers you so obviously deplore

take care
by scared to give real name
Sunday Jan 22nd, 2006 9:34 PM
now that's a clever sign.
by speaks to the issues
Monday Jan 23rd, 2006 7:23 AM
http://www.jesus-is-lord.com/sexabuse.htm
by Rev. Judy
Monday Jan 23rd, 2006 12:46 PM
The problem is that every quote is from the Bible. This is the problem with the Bible, it's possible to defend the most barbarous acts with quotes from it. I looked all over this site and it was hard to tell if it was a joke because there is so much like it in the "real" fundamentalist churches. There are those who are calling themselves "Christian soldiers" who will conquer the world for Jesus. Throughout history Christians have killed people to "save" their souls.

I don't even know where to turn when Jesus' teaching is distorted so much as to insist that children be born into poverty, abuse and neglect.

I'm praying for us all. It will take a miracle to prevent the fundamentalist takeover of our government at this point, and I believe in miracles.
by Me
Monday Jan 23rd, 2006 11:12 PM
i see me in there! that's awesome!
by Thurgood Marshall
Thursday Jan 26th, 2006 7:19 PM
the funny thing about being pro-choice is that all of their mothers were pro-life at least for them. how can you be pro-choice when you can only have that opinion if your mother did <i> not </i> have an abortion?

there is something inherently wrong about that platform for the fact that nobody has the ability to create themselves. our entire existence and our ability to have ideas and convictions is dependent on someone giving us life. You can’t take away what you do not own. it is a contradiction to think that someone has the right to take an innocent life.
by Fuck that shit!
( fuck that shit! ) Thursday Jan 26th, 2006 7:24 PM
Hey there!
I just wanted to give some advice to all my pro choice friends out there. I really do not think that bothering these people with any hard facts is gonna change their minds about all that "god said" shit they love to spew all over the place. I think their minds are already made and facts to them are just as real as god (or satan) is to us. Christianity has only really survived this long because of simple minded, hard headed people like this and the way they force their beliefs on other us. fuck that shit, yo!
by yeah you
Thursday Jan 26th, 2006 7:35 PM
how do you know my mother never had an abortion?

having an abortion doesn't mean that you didn't have children before or won't later

besides, it's none of your fucking business what my mom did or didn't do. you pro-life fucks are one nosy-assed group of people
by Margaret Sanger
Thursday Jan 26th, 2006 8:21 PM
Thurgood didn't say your mom didn't have an abortion, but that she didn't have one when she had you. so how can you be pro-choice if your mother didn't abort you? aren't if she did, we wouldn't be having this conversation and you wouldn't be able to have an opinion on the matter.
by again, for the hard of hearing
Thursday Jan 26th, 2006 8:47 PM
"mom" "mother" "she"

get the hell out of my mother's private business, you nosy fucks

go taunt your own mothers and daughters, if they're stupid enough to put up with your bullshit
by contradiction
Friday Feb 3rd, 2006 11:49 AM
It's so easy to make choices for other adults when you don't respect them as human beings.

Get ready women, they're giving out licenses to rape now. Many anti-choicers think rape victims should be forced bear the child of their attacker. And this is not a unique viewpoint among anti-choicers. Check google. Here's one example:

"Why should a rape victim be forced to bear a child she did not will to have?"

"Answer: Rape is one of the worst indignities a person can suffer. One must have great compassion for rape victims. However, several things must be kept in mind. First, there is no way to become "unraped." Becoming "unpregnant" (via abortion) cannot make one "unraped." Second, justice cannot be obtained for the rape victim by punishing the unborn baby resulting from the rape.

Further, two wrongs do not make a right. It will not help the mother to burden her with the guilt of a murder on top of the indignity of rape."

by more
Friday Feb 3rd, 2006 12:18 PM
Well what do you know. The so-called "Walk for Life" view on rape! If a raped women aborts her child, according to them, she's just another baby-killing murderer. From their website:

"RAPE - ABORTION
Rape is the dastardly act -- the dastardly crime - of a man assaulting and violating a woman. Rape is so violent and incapable of being remedied that it is feared and hated by both women and men. Abortionists are now trying to use the loathing we have for rape in order to justify their own dastardly crime of torturing and killing an innocent preborn child conceived by rape and then extend that to justification for killing any and all innocent preborn children.

Abortion-murderers may not torture and kill any innocent preborn child -- no matter how conceived. Abortion-murderers may not use our passion against rape as a driving wedge to assault and rape our country of Constitutional protection for the unalienable and paramount right to life of each innocent human being in existence at fertilization. It is a criminal assault on our society for one man to rape one woman; it is a criminal assault on society for one abortion-murderer to torture and kill one preborn human being; it is a criminal assault on society and each individual in our society for abortion-murderers to try to make society and each person in society an accessory to even one abortion-murder.

Abortionists cannot persuade people to join with them if they tell the truth -- that they are torturing and killing a preborn child, traumatizing the child's mother and father, and stigmatizing our whole society with their crimes against humanity. "
by TW
Friday Feb 3rd, 2006 5:31 PM
This position on rape is as extreme as endorsing clitoridectomy. If these same people were transformed into 1930s Germans, they'd be transfixed by Hitler, traipsing after him drooling on themselves. If the rest of the world isn't working to isolate and starve this emerging fascist monster, they sure as fuck need to.
by Notice this bit
Saturday Feb 4th, 2006 6:33 PM
the bit about traumatizing the child's mother and father. Oh you mean TRAUMATIZING the father that raped the poor woman in the first place?
Funny I didn't see any signs that said "women deserve better than to carry the child of their rapist." Must have been an oversight.


"Abortionists cannot persuade people to join with them if they tell the truth -- that they are torturing and killing a preborn child, traumatizing the child's mother and father, and stigmatizing our whole society with their crimes against humanity. "
by is that the facsists
Monday Feb 6th, 2006 12:54 PM
really do not recognize themselves. The Walk for Life, and other triumphalist marches, is classic facsism...