Today, while driving to a doctor's appointment (since I have the immune system of Bubble Boy), I was rudely distracted by terrorists. Religious terrorists. There is nothing I hate more than the people who park in front of a Planned Parenthood just to shout at women walking in.
The women wore mom jeans and feathered bangs. The men wore trucker hats to hide their Jim Carrey Dumb & Dumber hair cuts with their white high top shoes. And all were wearing sandwich boards with images of actual aborted fetuses. It wasn't enough to just wear these sandwich boards while pacing the streets....they decorated their cars, too. Some of the signs were catchy slogans like "Abortion makes you a mother. A mother of a dead baby!" (clever) and "Your Mom Chose to Let YOU Live." (guilt trip. equally as "clever")
After scanning a few more of these "slogans," my eyes were visually assaulted by a Ford F-150 sized image of a shredded fetus.
ABORTED FETUSES, REALLY??? On the side of a busy residential road??? Within 2 blocks from an elementary school playground. Where accidents can happen if drivers aren't paying attention. WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH THEM?
Listen Religious bitches: I know you. You are the bitches who give me sideways stares when I drop the "F" bomb in public. You are the ones who read my blog and call me a sinner. I understand you have beliefs and principles and you are SO excited to share them with the world. BUT - in this case, do you have to do so by terrorizing innocent drivers and children?
There are acceptable ways to share your passion, and there are unacceptable ones. I am going to categorize everything you are doing as "unacceptable." I was on my way to an appointment for an ear infection and tonsillitis...so why did I need to be shouted at?
Guess what? I also have beliefs! However, the difference between us is that I don't automatically assume that you have a different belief than me and stand in front of your church with images of genocide and extreme disease in Africa just to prove my point. I don't force your children to look at pictures of animals used in dog fights or Tupac's autopsy to shock and terrify them.
I believe that health care is an important right that all people deserve. Bloomberg just reported that 52 million Americans are without health insurance. Planned Parenthood provides affordable mammograms, PAP smears, cholesterol screening, flu vaccinations, birth control, prenatal care, and STD screenings! This is a place that I fully support.
I also believe in the 1st Amendment. And not to go all Voltaire on you, but ... even if "I do not agree with what you have to say, I'll defend to the death your right to say it."
So please, exercise a higher level of taste when exercising your First Amendment. (higher than when you chose your butterfly ankle tattoo) There's no need to pretentiously park your 1992 Ford Pickup on my Doctor's street and don photos of dead babies with your fringe jean jacket.
And please, please, please, when all else fails just ask yourself "WWDD" (What Would Dexter Do?). If the images you would like to wave around all willy nilly would be rated TV-MA on Showtime, maybe just don't do it. Keep it TV-PG on the streets. That is all.