Buffer Zones and When the Other Side Decides to Fight Back

Of all the decisions made by the Supreme Court over the last couple of weeks, the decision to overturn Massachusetts’ buffer zones in front of medical facilities that perform abortions might very well be the most disastrous. I’m not referring to the direct policy effect, but the reaction to the decision. Here’s what I mean (boldface mine):

Now, we can argue over whether or not the idea of “buffer zones” violates the First Amendment and if they are ever right, whether at clinics or conventions or the miles you have to stand away from the Supreme Court, but one thing we can perhaps agree on: If this is the motherfucking law of the land now, what’s good for the motherfuckin’ goose is good for the motherfuckin’ gander.

So let’s get out there, every goddamn Sunday, and head to the churches that send their lunatic Jesus-fellaters out to try to shut down Planned Parenthoods, and stand on their sidewalks, just like the one up there outside St. Mary’s in Grafton, and let’s make churchgoing a living fuckin’ hell for ’em. Let’s bodily block the access to the walkways that lead to the church. Let’s bring signs that have pictures of women who were killed by illegal abortions. Let’s go up to them and try to convince them to convert or go atheist, following them until we are on church property and have to stop. Let’s block the street by walking back and forth in the crosswalk. Let’s force the churchgoers to need escorts to even get inside.

Shit, let’s plaster the telephone poles with photos of the priests and church leaders, their addresses, their phone numbers. Let’s tell them as they pass, “We know where you live.” Let’s film everyone going into the church and post those on a website. Hey, it’s a public fuckin’ sidewalk, man. Let’s scream at them about how they’re terrible people, how they support raping children, how they have given money to help silence victims. Can’t you hear their silent screams? Can’t you? Fuck, yeah.

Going to church is a choice, no? Let’s make sure they regret that fuckin’ choice, however legal it may be for them to make it. Then let’s see how quickly they’re begging for buffer zones.

While part of me is very inclined to agree with the Rude Pundit–after all, if the blastocyst liberationists had their way, I and my co-religionists could be forced to violate our religious beliefs–this sort of reaction typically leads down a very dark. If these sorts of confrontations happen, someone on either side will get really stupid and violence will ensue. Hopefully, it wouldn’t be lethal violence, but we are a heavily armed society.

I hope I’m wrong, but there is the potential for escalation here. At some point, the Coalition of the Sane will get frustrated, and, instead of playing defense, will go on the offensive a la the Rude Pundit. The left, having been timid for so long, has led conservatives to believe that it would never be seriously confrontational, that it will always be passive and restrained. They believe, to use an old timey phrase, that we are ‘afflicted with the intelligence.’ They do not believe that we could ever know wrath. They are wrong.

Bosnia or, Intelligent Designer forbid, Rwanda? Not likely. Highly improbable. But Northern Ireland? Definitely: a bombing here, a shooting there. Hell, the anti-abortion side has already done this.

Instead of calming things down, the Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, very well might have heated things up.

This might not end well.

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1 Response to Buffer Zones and When the Other Side Decides to Fight Back

  1. RJ says:

    The time is now. Churches that participate in the intimidation of women seeking abortions are morally responsible for the violence. More generally, the time is passed for a more muscular approach to seeking social justice.

    We don’t have to be violent to make our point either, just loud and confrontational. Love the Rude Pundit’s idea. If I were American, I’d be organizing this weekend. Let’s go. Let’s do it every weekend, until authorities are forced to intervene. There is the risk of violence to be sure, even if our side does not advocate it. But if protesters for women’s rights always were afraid to act in any way that might bring civil conflict, we’d still be in 1820.

    We can be milder than the pro-lifers though. Kinder and less intimidating. Just make people know, constantly and assertively, that their actions hurt others.

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