GAP at University of Rhode Island, Day 2
Media. It was another awesome day. Unbelievable coverage on the front page of the student newspaper. You can’t see it online, but they published a whole 2-page spread of photos that included some of our best GAP signs. On the paper’s website, I noted that this was the first mention of abortion since 2008! Yikes!
Southern Hospitality, in the North? We were really struck by how polite everybody at Rhode Island has been, regardless of whether they agree with us or not. Not sure why. Perhaps the people of Rhode Island are just naturally polite. Perhaps Rhode Island promotes a small-state, small-town culture. Perhaps the presence of 4 police officers put everybody on their best behavior. Perhaps Rhode Island is so blue (left-wing), they viewed us as more of a curiosity than a threat to their “rights.”
Opportunities. Regardless of the reasons, we had many, many opportunities to present the pro-life message to students. We had 10 or 15 staff and volunteers who never stopped handing out pro-life literature and speaking with students all day long.
Calm down? The pro-abortion protesters gathered, but were relatively quiet. Still, I overheard one student complain as she walked between their group and our display. She said, “Why can’t both sides just calm down?!” I had to laugh as I thought, “This is as calm as it gets!”
Don’t forget us! As usually happens, some Jewish people complain because we compare abortion to the Holocaust. On the other hand, a Ukrainian employee of the University approached me and suggested we add the Ukrainian genocide to our display. A few years ago, a gentleman who was interested in the history of Native American oppression actually praised our inclusion of the Wounded Knee massacre. Go figure.
More to come? We’ll do more of this, but only if you help. If only 8 people give $100 per month, we can add another major university to our schedule every year. Perhaps you can’t give $100, but you can give something. The best way to maintain the status quo is to do nothing. Please do something.
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