Elwood, a lot of ugliness went on that day. I think I’d like to back up a little bit and ask why a bunch of teenage boys were bused to a demonstration all about limiting the freedom of grown women to regulate their own reproductive health. It shouldn’t be men’s business what women do with their bodies, and it most certainly shouldn’t be the business of children, particularly of male children.
On a side note, by the way, the same diocese in Kentucky that runs the high school that sent the boys to the anti-abortion march prohibited the openly gay valedictorian at another one of their high schools from delivering an address at his graduation last year.
Reportedly, they were concerned that he might violate gender norms in his dress. He gave the speech anyway over a megaphone outside the venue. I read it and found it to be entirely unobjectionable — from a Catholic point of view, that is. I must say that it struck me as odd and discouraging that in his speech, the queer teen spoke out against women’s reproductive rights.
Perhaps if schools were encouraging teens to learn to respect the rights and freedoms of all people, we’d all be better off.
I’m not terribly surprised that some of the students reacted badly to being harassed. But ‘in vino veritas,' as they say. In this case of course, it was the wine of stress they provoked their truthful reactions.
Will we learn anything from this? I don’t suppose.