war going on and we’re (um, the good guys) not losing? Think again. Check out the coverage of an evangelical youth rally in San Francisco here. Now, beyond the usual misleading quotes and characterizations, notice two things:
Equal coverage – you would think that news coverage would reflect the event. In this case, note that the “counter-protest” (strange characterization in and of itself given that there wasn’t a protest to begin with) is given equal footing with the rally. Of course, given that 25,000 people are there to put forth a positive message, I suppose that it is only fair that the “crowd” of 50 of the “rainbow of San Francisco’s left — from abortion-rights advocates to anti-war activists to atheists” is represented as being mainstream. Man, that is a weird city.
Government condemnation – well, I think this is a first, at least from what I’ve seen. An official city condemnation of a group that is promoting clean living, abstinence and life. Man, that is a weird city.
Notice also that the participants in the rally were NOT AGAINST anything or any group. The were FOR stuff that you would think an average person, religious or not, would say are things that, overall, are good for a society. Ask yourself if a society is better or worse off if
STD’s are reduced or eliminated
Fewer babies are born to teenagers
Illegal use of narcotics is reduced
Teen suicides go away
Like I said, I think the average Joe/Jane would say, yeah, those are good goals and don’t seem to be particulary obnoxious, even if the basis for the reductions is a belief in the Bible. Unless, of course, you are of the rainbow variety in San Francisco. Man, that is a weird city. Late.