As a reporter who has covered my fair share of political rallies, I know that there are extremes in any movement. The media are particularly good at picking out extremes when covering, say, a Tea Party rally or pro-life march.
One of the things that struck me about yesterday's activities in Texas, though, were how many of the signs were, well, extreme. This BuzzFeed piece seemed somewhat representative of what my photographer friends were putting out on Twitter, for instance. Sample:
I'm not a political sage, but perhaps the side lobbying for de-fetusing on demand shouldn't be using such language against opponents.
Or how about this disheartening picture, which shows a young child holding an absolutely vile and inappropriate sign that violates our Code of Conduct.
But perhaps it was the chants of "Hail, Satan!" that were the most telling. A video came out that showed pro-choice activists drowning out religious pro-lifers singing "Amazing Grace" with chants regarding Satan. CNN producer Josh Rubin noticed a similar thing later:
Not that invoking Satan isn't serious, but the response on Twitter included some great humor. A few of my favorites:
@TheRickWilson: Shouldn’t abortion be between a woman, her doctor, and the Dark Lord of the Underworld? I mean, come on.
@TheRickWilson: They just want abortion to be safe, legal, rare and performed on the Fiery Blood Altar of the Plain of Tartarus by Dr. Kermit Beelzebub.
@JustKarl: Never go full Satanist.
The Blaze noted:
Obviously, it is much more likely that the abortion supporters were chanting “Hail Satan!” to mock pro-lifers rather than actually hailing Lucifer, but anything is possible.
I’m certain that the intent was mockery. The overall effect of chanting “Hail Satan”? That’s another story, but one of those effects is surely clarity.
Right. Having been to Texas, I can assure you that the defense of "We were mocking Christians by invoking Satan," might actually make things worse.
Either way, you can't tell me Satan wasn't involved in the sign I linked to above. There's little you can do other than pray for that girl and her parents. Lord, have mercy.