After seeing billboards proclaim the folly of false prophet Harold Camping, is it any wonder the Bay Area is a bit sensitive to the proselytizing of so-called Christians?
In an area that sees so much of what they believe raked over the coals by those claiming to represent the Church of the One True God, it is almost impulse to be defensive.
We hear all the time that our efforts to establish equal rights for homosexuals is pushing their agenda on the rest of the population. Never mind that they are not demanding straight people give up their marital rights much less pursue sexual relationships with the same gender.
Meanwhile, the Church is demanding they give up their rights and change who they are attracted to. That lends itself to the perception of hypocrisy already entrenched in the minds of some liberals who are told they are ungodly for views that include being anti-war and supporting programs that ease the suffering of the poor, provide education and stewardship of our earth.
Sometimes, that defensiveness causes them to be wrong.
The billboards many liberals are up in arms about this time are sponsored by the Issues4life foundation and the Radiance Foundation, encouraging people to go to a website to learn more. But the controversy stems from charges of racism because their billboards target African American neighbourhoods, saying things like “Black & Beautiful” and in other billboards around the country refer to black babies as an endangered species.
On a KRON 4 report about it, Roxanne Jones of Oakland responded, “Why (do) you only have a black baby up there. If it’s not racial, why they don’t have a mixed, Chinese, Mexican baby…to me it means you’re disgracing black women (like) we’re the only ones having abortions.” Tyrone Gray had similar comments mentioning Spanish and white babies.
Well, if these people would check the site, they would know why. Walter Hoye, Jr., is the founder of Issues4life and behind the billboards. An African American who takes the loss of potential lives from his community personally, he says the numbers do not lie.
Over 40 percent of African American women in the U.S. get an abortion. The community accounts for 38.5 percent of all abortions while making up just 13 percent of the population.
By contrast, Latin Americans get fewer abortions than the population as a whole because of their predominatly Catholic upbringing. Perhaps White and Asian Americans are more able to handle the cost of raising a child because they tend to be more financially secure, benefiting from some of the racism being decried by those interviewed.
The site points out that California accounts for more abortions than any other state (214,190 in 2008), with New York ranking second (153,110). Of course, they are the two most populous states in the nation, but from the graph on the link above, New Jersey appears to be the only one of the top 11 in gross abortions to have more per capita, with about 50,000 from a state about 20 percent as populated as California.
Hoye says he wants to create a dialogue, but that is not what Emily York wants. She told KRON 4 that abortion is “a private matter and there probably shouldn’t be billboards in general at all having to do with (the) pro-life movement.”
So billboards should not state opinions on issues that are private? Wow, that does not sound very democratic.