Let's be perfectly clear. Picket lines and picketers have one
purpose and one purpose only, and that is to intimidate. In essence,
those who oppose St. Andrew's expansion made it clear that they will
take any means necessary, including intimidation, to achieve their
goal of stopping the project. While I was personally ambivalent about
the project prior to this incident, after seeing the picket lines I
have reconsidered my position. Place me now squarely on the side of
Seeing those picket lines brought back bad memories of when I was
a child growing up in the Deep South when a Catholic president was
forcing reluctant Southern schools to desegregate. I can remember
very well walking to our local Catholic church, and the cat calls and
the bullying that we experienced both there and at school.
I had thought that those dark days were gone, but seeing the
picket lines on Sunday brought back the same sickening feeling.
Clearly, there is a difference between what was going on in the Deep
South in the 1960s and what is going on in Newport Beach in 2005. But
there is one commonality: Individuals who stoop so low as to try to
intimidate others from exercising their freedom of religion because
their church, their religion or an individual associated with same,
has taken a position that they disagree with. Shame on them.
* RICK TAYLOR lives in Newport Beach.