Remember the Freedom Rides in the summer of 1961?  Well it appears that a sick hijacking of that significant event in Civil Rights history is now about to take place in the south.

Well I say, bring it on.

The anti-choicers are now attempting to twist the history of those Freedom Rides with a perverted and opportunistic thing called a ” Freedom Bus for the Unborn”.

Funded by Priests for Life of New York, coordinators of the billboard campaign have  organized a “Freedom Bus for the Unborn” to launch on July 23 in Birmingham, Alabama –using the historical site opposite the 16th Street Baptist Church where four Black girls were killed in a bombing by the Ku Klux Klan in 1963.

I call it craven, but you can call it whatever you like at a rally this Saturday. Details below.  Spokespeople for the sponsoring events weigh in as well, please read these two powerful statements.

“It is important that we are reminded of the rich tradition of Black women Civil Rights leaders like Coretta Scott King, Ella Baker, and Fannie Lou Hamer, who not only believed but exercised their belief that we, as Black women, are capable of making critical, personal, and just choices about our bodies, our families, and our communities,” said Paris Hatcher, Executive Director, SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW!

“We are offended by their cynicism, opportunism, and outright distortions of historical facts. Both Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King firmly supported reproductive justice for women. Lies by anti-abortionists, no matter how often repeated, cannot change those historical facts,” said Loretta Ross, National Coordinator of SisterSong.

Join us for a rally to call out this gross hijacking of a serious historical milestone.

When: Saturday, July 24th

Time: 2:30 pm

Where: King Center (449 Auburn Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30312-1590)


2 Responses to Twisting History

  1. JMPrince says:

    Civil Rights, we hardly knew them. Some history, fresh from today’s headlines: The story behind Shirley Sherrod:

  2. JMPrince says:

    Thanks Juliana, I know, it’s almost an exact comparison too, due to any number of priests who’ve been set upon by vicious police dogs, shot at, and of course murdered for their sacred cause. Which number exactly? ZERO. None. The Null Set. They’ve hardly been discriminated against here, having free reign in their own parishes to say what they want, and to preach any RTL message the Bishops come up with that month. With those nice & fancy illustrations too that someone always is getting into Congressional debates too. Oppressed? Hardly! A ‘voice in the wilderness’? A self delusional description when running one of the largest privately held massively coordinated media empires on earth. What MLK might have done with that wonder (Vatican TV & Radio anyone?) or the $100’s of billions in property & book & art holdings of ‘the Church’ we’ll never know.

    The mind just boggles. And just how do we free those poor unborn souls? The same as always! We enslave their mothers! ‘Natch! Smaller government in order to impose our fascism on the many! A fine ring to it too… Geesh. JMP