We’re running a column by Leonard Pitts Jr. in today’s print edition. He also moved this bonus column, which we’re posting for our online readers.
Walking the gauntlet in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — To reach the Convention Center, you must first walk the gauntlet of dead baby parts.
It’s one of the newer and more gruesome tactics in the fight over reproductive choice, protesters hoisting large color placards depicting aborted fetuses torn in chunks as a group of men preaches an unending sermon on the evils of abortion. As rhetorical tactics go, it is a bludgeon.
The street preachers have other things on their minds, too: Muslims are bad, homosexuals are worse, and if you vote Democrat, you’re going to hell in the fast lane. Also, if you don’t believe as they do, then you don’t know Jesus like they know Jesus.
But always, they return to the medical procedure they deem child murder.
Most people walking to various functions in the Democratic National Convention ignore them. Some don’t. Read more »