The strangest thing about yesterday’s Stand Up For Religious Freedom rally in San Francisco were the “undecided” gentlemen who came dressed with brassieres on their heads. This was curious because there was no rain was in the forecast. About these fellows, more in a moment.
Of course you will have already heard of these rallies from the legacy media, because yesterday there were 148 of them in different cities across the nation. So let’s instead examine the folks attended this event in San Francisco, a city famous for its welcoming attitude, where the citizenry is tolerant of everything—except differing opinions.
For example, meet Tony, standing here with a homemade sign. Tony is a successful pharmaceutical rep., always ready to laugh, and who has recently applied to the Redemptorist Fathers, a group which “takes the simple vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience,” and whose only goal is to teach kids and pray for the likes of us. “Us” includes those who have not yet escaped the womb, the deadliest place for children under one.
Mary Beth Binacci was our hostess and warmed up the crowd by telling us, “Most believe it is a foregone conclusion the Democrats are going to win the election.” Response: loud boos, which ushered on Father Frank Pavone, a well known anti-abortion speaker.
He quoted the chief of the UN Population Fund who said that “religion was the final frontier in the battle to promote reproductive health.” Ah, if only we could eliminate the one last thing which stands in the way of complete “reproductive health,” a code phrase meaning free—perhaps even mandatory for some—abortion on demand. Then life, what’s left of it, would be perfect.
Pavone recommended this video, in which Representative Trey Gowdy asked Health and Human Services (yet another growing branch of our government) Kathleen Sebelius how she came up with the idea to mandate that the Catholic Church must pay for abortions and birth prevention for its employees. “Through conversations,” she said.
That’s the miracle of bureaucracy: two unelected government apparatchiks jawing by the water cooler can move the course of the nation. No wonder so many want to enter government. Pavone recalled that Sebelius gave the Church one year to “adapt” to the new mandate. “You don’t adapt to injustice, you oppose it.”
Abby Johnson took over from Father Pavone and thanked the crowd for coming, especially since, she said, “There is no fruitier place on earth than San Francisco.” Now this quip set the bra-wearing cross-dressers off, who began to shout, “Bigot!”
I made my way to them and asked the person on the right (pink feathers, wearing something mocking a nun’s habit) why he had come. “To protest against Cordileone,” he said. He meant the newly installed traditionalist Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, who ran afoul of the gay-rights flock by supporting California’s Proposition 8 (which disallowed gay “marriage”). Unfortunately for this small group of protesters, Cordileone, though scheduled, was unable to attend.
This was disappointing, but protesters are made of stern stuff, so they decided to stick it out. And to participate. They sang the National Anthem with everybody else, and even recited the Pledge of Allegiance—except for the line “Under God”, to which the tall purple fellow (none would give me their names) flipped the bird. Or birds, I should say.
I asked the faux nun what in particular made him angry and he said, “I don’t see what’s wrong with abortion. I had a very refreshing abortion this morning. I recommend it for everyone.”
Meanwhile, two guys were walking a poster around and around the grounds. It had a picture of The One in flowers and a dress, with the large word “Cake” crossed out, under which was printed “Change.” I asked one of the standard bearers what it meant and he said, “Barack Obama likes cake but wants change.” So that’s explained.
Dion Evans, CEO of Religazine Media, said regarding abortion, “For those who say, ‘I don’t know if it’s a life yet’, I say, Just leave it alone! Let’s see what it becomes!” Which is the best one-line distillation of natural rights I’ve heard.
Craig DeLuz, President of the Frederick Douglas Foundation, told of us a recent conversations in the barber shop. One gentleman told him, “I’m voting for Obama because he’s down for black people.” To which he responded, “What’s the matter with you? You’re a regular church goer” and Obama was against everything he said he believed. He said he had to “spray some Lysol in your ear and get rid of that stinkin’ thinkin’.”
He told us to “vote for who more closely aligns with your principles.” He also sought to frighten the media and asked everybody to bring their bibles to the voting booth. Can you imagine the stories next morning if people did?
Marie Stoughter, who hosts the African-American Conservatives radio program (what? you haven’t heard of this from the media?), began her speech with a dramatic, “I am not a Democrat.” She let it sink in, and then said, “I am not a Republican. I am a Christian.” She said this election was not about the price of gas but “about the price of my soul. I cannot vote for those who support abortion and the abhorrent practice of partial birth abortion.” Some may recall The One is for partial birth abortion.
Marie Hazel Lewis mounted next, and boy could she pierce the air. What’s left of my hearing, partially destroyed from listening to bad music as a youth, was temporarily paralyzed. Luckily, her meaning was clear. She is a college student and was asked by a professor to answer the question, “What steps would you take to increase condom use by your boyfriend.” She said, “Save it until you get married.”
This was an unacceptable answer, thought perfectly consistent with disease prevention, the subject of the test. The prof. refused to accept this answer and told her she would lose points if she did not try again. She refused on religious grounds.
Another student, Amelia Calderon (not pictured) from Sacramento State, and an indication The One might have lost the coveted youth vote, mocked, “Oh, I’m so great. I’m the first black president. You have to bow down to my wishes.” Miss Calderon reminded us that contraception is not “health” care because contraception is not necessary to insure women’s health. “Can we stop the president from imposing his beliefs on us?” she asked, “Yes we can!” came the answer.
The photogenic Anne Morse was our last student. I say “photogenic” because we she ran up the stage, cameras appeared from everywhere. What was that scientific study that showed Republican women are better looking? Never mind. Her dad is an atheist, her roommates Muslim and Hindu, and all are against The One and his HHS mandate. “We don’t believe there is a war on women!”
Dr Timothy F. Johnson, of the Frederick Douglas Foundation, and ex-G.I., told us he was serious for traditional marriage. “I am not an African-American. I am American. Doesn’t matter what ship you came over on. We’re all here now and we’ve got work to do.” He said “Barack Obama and Joe ‘I don’t have any sense’ Biden have got to leave 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. If you,” meaning folks in the audience, “favor Democrats, you’re conflicted everyday.”
Rochelle Conner, chief of God and Government, said, “The government is in violation of our First Amendment…We are witnessing the criminalization of our faith.” She said, “When the word ‘God’ is banned at veteran’s funerals. When the words ‘traditional marriage’ are declared hate speech… We must vote for those who would protect religious liberty.”
Antoine Lamar Miller is a pastor in Alameda, and awfully good at rousing an audience. He marveled that so many could show up in a city that spends its time banning a chicken restaurant. He reminded us that “30 million black children are killed by abortion.” Racism anyone? He lamented that the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, as he called the cross-dressing protesters who had wandered off, should have stuck around so that he could tell them that he “loved them, that God loves them.” He closed with, “What we believe will not be defined by those in the White House.”
The last speaker was Walter Hoy. “Mr President, we are praying you have a change of heart with regard to religious freedom. But if not! We are praying you have abandon the HHS mandate. But if not! We will not comply. We will not compromise our faith. We will not!” He asked finally, “We know who to vote for, don’t we?”
The event ended with a sing-along version of God Bless America, after which somebody shouted, “Viva Cristo Rey!” And the crowd answered, “Viva!”