If you’re familiar with this blog, you may remember a thing (or two) (or three) (or four) that might indicate OK4RJ’s official stance on Justice For All. Briefly: JFA is a traveling festival of assholes who regularly camp out at public universities near their homebase in Wichita, Kansas with 15-foot posters of aborted fetuses. And they’re coming back to OU this Tuesday and Wednesday. Carly emailed them for their schedule and found out where the training was being held. The next logical step for me was making up a fake name, using the fake name to email the coordinator, and showing up at Trinity Baptist Church last Saturday morning to see what I could see. Easy. At least once I got past shaking hands with the first guy I saw (“John!”) and saying, “Jessie!” when the nametag stickered to my conservative button-up said HELLO MY NAME IS LESLIE.
JFA has two goals. One is to get sinning murderer sluts to stop murdering babies, duh. The other is to sell Christianity. These goals often conflict, because good salesmen usually don’t start off their pitch with you-hell-hell-murder-genocide-slut-hell. So a big part of the training is about keeping your real feelings about people who have abortions on the inside.
The volunteers are encouraged to pretend to be normal students who just happen to strike up a conversation while looking at The Exhibit with you. Every other tactic stems from this first tactic of appearing unthreatening. Trainees learn how to take advantage of the fact that people, especially women, will let you continue an uncomfortably personal conversation for a long time rather than appear rude by ending it. You practice asking a series of scripted questions designed to suss out how passersby feel about abortion, and then you Trot Out The Toddler (and they will twist ANY justification for abortion around until it is somehow related to killing a toddler).
Near the end of the training, they showed us a video of a student confronting a JFA volunteer from a few years ago. The student said she objected to the whole idea of trying to make women who have abortions feel guilty because her reason for having an abortion was REALLY good: rape, resulting in pregnancy at the age of 13. It was abominable to make someone feel guilty who was clearly the victim of the situation, she said, who was trying to protect her own life, and who was herself a child at the time of the abortion. The volunteer in the video tried to use the script anyway, and she blew up at him. They stopped the video. What had the volunteer done wrong?
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