Right to Life of Idaho is dead.
Long live the Idaho pro-life movement.
On a c-c-c-cold day, this past weekend, of sunshine and jubilant emotions (prepared by the fans of BSU and the University's athletic dept.), two Marches occurred. Both started from a near-by perimeter point and both ended at the Capitol. Both were colorful and had emotions. One spoke of victory and the other of defeat. I saw the contrast with my own eyes.
On the day that 20,000 wonderful fans came out to cheer on the victorious BSU Broncos at the State Capitol, Right to Life of Idaho held a March just hours earlier to commemorate the anniversary of Roe V. Wade. About 500 attended.
Short term, the pro-life march seemed to provide some in attendance with an emotional lift - a once a year cheerleading session. In the longer lens of history, it was a march of the dead. From the forced nature of posing "pro-life leadership" to the incredibly divisive speech by a self-absorbed 30-something year old youth pastor, the event was a flop. Three times a speaker spoke of how those of us in the Pro-Life community had "lost the fight, lost in the Courts, etc". Several times more than that, the main speaker, dressed inappropriately in jeans and with a slovenly appearance, divided the audience on issues of the death penalty, the war in Iraq and the way in which we spend taxpayer monies to end poverty in the US. He edged ever so closely to "gay marriage" but seemed to shy away from torquing off everybody.
And Right to Life approved of it all. What a loss of credibility. Quite frankly, what a loss of reason to exist; but then maybe not....maybe they want to have a defeatist mindset.....you CAN "keep fighting" an issue when it is never solved, can't you....and the dollars keep comin' in. Hmmm.
Just hours later BSU gave us all a reason to cheer. Same streets, same day. Different mood. Many pro-lifers in attendance, many pro-choicers too. Why the difference in the two marches?
Because Victory breeds Victory. Joy and life go with those who promote joy and life. The future is a breath of fresh air to those who see things as they are not now and believe in what can occur.
The Blue and Orange of BSU Broncos was a joy to behold. The death of Right to Life of Idaho was a sad moment to observe.
It is high time for the pro-life community to tell the supposed emperor, called Right to Life, that not only does it NOT have clothes on, but it's strutting naked body makes all of us sick.
The King is dead, Long live the king.