I told the lady from the pro-life organization that the article I was writing would go to a social justice oriented group of people, and she asked me to withhold her last name so no one tracks her down and harrasses her. Somehow she related “social justice oriented groups” with people who are likely to harrass her. I think that’s a incredibly sad thing. Yes, the social justice oriented groups I’m involved with tend to be pro-choice, but we need for people to be able to be pro-choice or pro-life without being personally harrassed for it.In a totally unrelated incident later the same day I had a phone call on an antipoverty phone line threatening that if we put any of our brochures in the person’s mailbox again he would pull out a gun and kill someone. I responded instinctively with: “that sounds like a death threat and it will be reported to the police.” Then I turned around and saw my two oldest children staring at me: wondering what had prompted me to say that. I have no idea who the person is and the brochure in question was inviting people to a free meal in a city park to celebrate a city policy change that will benefit those on social assistance.
Life is just a little crazy somedays. When did everyone get so angry with one another?
Edited to add: I wrote up part of my notes from my conversation with the pro-life group as an article for our local independant media coop.