Protests are Vulgar…

Dear Editor,

I was very much looking forward to Wednesday’s farmer’s market with the kids. We parked and walked over only to overhear another mom say to her kids, “Don’t look!” Naturally, I looked. The spectacle was the vulgar anti-abortion sign. Why were they there? I feel this was not the place for them to share their social or political views – especially in this manner.

All it did was help spread the opposite of their intended message as I explained to my four children (impressionable ages also – 7, 9, 11 and 13) that abortion is a personal choice to be made by the individual. I told them it’s safer to have it legal than not as an illegal abortion would hardly be sanitary. No, I’m not a “liberal lefty” or whatever label a person wants to put on me. On paper, people would think Iím a Christian square. However, I’m what you would call politically and socially ambidextrous—both sides are useful. Relevant or not, I digress.

The second adverse result of their inappropriate presence at the park was that instead of sticking around to spend the $50 in cash I specifically took out of the bank for the Farmers’ Market (in support of local businesses), we left. We ended up going home to eat our Walmart vegetables.

They hold these signs because they care about human life (or claim to care), however, they have a blatant disregard on the negative impact on their community. If they want to purchase a booth at the market, I wouldnít be opposed as long as they were not allowed to bring that sign and had to stay behind their booth and leave the megaphones at home. That way they may share their message in a peaceful manner and allow their community to continue to enjoy a beloved tradition without having an adverse effect on the local businesses.

They need a gentle reminder that kind words turn away wrath. How much more effective than their vulgar sign.

Crystal Rosenau
Sagle, ID

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