The Sound of the Crowd

Oh, Man (now this is a story)

Okay, you folks have heard of Randall Terry? He’s the anti-abortion and anti-gay activist. Washingtonpost.com has a hell of a piece about his “family values.” It’s lengthy, but worth it, herewith a few examples.

On Terry’s tactics:

“In 1988, Terry and his legions started standing in front of local abortion clinics, screaming and pleading with pregnant women to turn away. They tossed their bodies against car doors to keep abortion patients from getting out. They waved crucifixes and screamed “Mommy, Mommy” at the women. When Terry commanded, hundreds went jellyfish-limp and blockaded the “death clinics.”

Let’s hear from Terry’s daughters:

“My parents were very strict and sheltering,” recalls Tila, a startling 18-year-old beauty who is unmarried and now pregnant for the second time. “They were very loving but we never talked about anything.”

Ebony, now 28, left home when she was 16 and became pregnant soon after. “When you get out of a family with very strict rules, you are exposed to so much,” she says. “You discover how easy it is to make the wrong choice.”

And his son? Well, his son is gay. Of course.

“Sometimes he’d sneak into his father’s library late at night and look at his collection of books on gays and gay life (Terry maintained the collection so he could speak with authority on such questions).”


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