The ones who shout at women and show gross posters to them?
Sure. I can agree that they are awful.
The ones who literally just stand outside of the clinic, not obstructing any walkways, and praying? I don’t think they’re terrorizing anyone.
Their views are backwards, definitely, but terrorists? I think not.
Praying that the terrorists get their way …
So, they’re “just” supporting the terrorists.
Ok, no, that just sounds broad and obtuse.
Firstly, the anti-choice people I know would certainly not support intimidation and violence as means to an end. I still don’t agree with them at all, mind you. And as I mentioned earlier, the ones I know may be totally different from the anti-choice “movement” as a whole. Is there still a lot of internalized misogyny in there? Oh, definitely. But these people literally believe babies are being killed via abortion, and thus they’re probably actually praying for the babies they believe are being murdered.
They’re wrong, obviously, but they aren’t the same damn people that blow up clinics, kill doctors, and harass women. They do a lot of misguided things, but they believe they’re helping people. I’m pretty sure terrorists know what they’re doing, and know they are hurting people.
Or perhaps this is a long winded way of saying I’m hurt whenever people say “all anti choice people are EVIL TERRORISTS!1111!!1111!” because that would mean my mother is a terrorist and she obviously isn’t…? Maybe it is just an emotional response. I don’t know. Blah.
They are purposefully putting themselves in front of an abortion clinic to make themselves visible. They certainly aren’t aligned with the people going in to get abortions, are they?
They are there supporting the same agenda that the people harassing the people going into the abortion clinic are. They make themselves visible to bolster the number of the antis, even if they aren’t screaming in people’s faces they are contributing to the hostile climate that anyone going into the clinic faces.
If it was simply “praying for babies not to be killed” it would be something they could do from home or at church, not on their knees on the sidewalk in front of a clinic.
The bolded sentence is exactly the point. Jesus said in his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:5-6):
And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
It seems to me that religious people, especially church leaders who orchestrate these demonstrations, would heed these verses if they truly cared about God answering their prayers. But no, they, like the hypocrites, pray on the corners of the streets so that they may be seen by everyone who passes by. By praying instead of shouting and physically assaulting patients, they can be thought pious and peaceful and in the right. More to the point, they pray on the corners of the streets to create a hostile environment, like Aaron said, to anyone who wishes to enter a clinic. They use their religion as a weapon, and in doing so, make a mockery of it and of themselves.