Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bad ALEC, Soft Voices

By Zamboni

We cats always appreciate a good case of just desserts. Especially when it comes to dishing them out to Republicans and teabaggers who have dished them out to us, because the right wing takes it oh, so poorly.

So imagine how happy we were to find not one, but two examples in our news-browsing today.

Have you heard of ALEC? No, not our fave, Alec Baldwin (above), but the American Legislative Exchange Council. They're the wingnut fools who have helped pass murderous "Stand Your Ground" laws in 20+ states. In short, if it weren't for ALEC, Trayvon Martin might still be alive. Well, today, hundreds of people showed up at ALEC's Washington, D.C. offices to protest — thus, we hope, disrupting their day and preventing them from going out for their afternoon double-latte pick-me-ups.

But even better, check out Voice of Choice. It's an organization created by the landlord of an abortion clinic in Germantown, Maryland, who was — and, we're sorry to say, apparently is — getting harassed by anti-choice demonstrators on the phone and in person. Voice of Choice volunteers call the harassers back. But they don't curse them out as the landlord has been cursed.

Instead, Voice of Choice "use[s] e-mail, telephone and social media in peaceful, person-to-person counter-protests against groups that target abortion facilities, providers and patients, as well as their families and communities. We don’t question anyone’s right to express opinions and ideals; we challenge their bullying tactics and their contempt."

In short, "a soft answer turneth away wrath." We'd cite more from Proverbs, but we doubt the Bible-thumping, anti-choice harassers would be familiar with it.

(PHOTO: The good Alec is easier on the eyes than any other image we could use for this post. We cats PURR.)

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