Two consecutive days, two consecutive protests. And while the media would like to claim that they're very different, there's a lot more in common than many people realize.
On the day of President Trump's inauguration, a small group of radical protesters smashed store windows and set fire to trash cans and cars. They claimed they were protesting Trump's election and the ascendance of fascism--a statement that is sadly ironic and contradictory. What could be more fascist than rioting over the results of a democratic election by wearing masks and destroying private property?
Few on the Left went out of their way to criticize Friday's rioters, although there was an undercurrent of disapproval at the violence. This became more clear when you look at the media's response to Saturday's "Women's March", a protest that ... well, to be honest, the goals of the protest were somewhat unclear. It was definitely anti-Trump. But the overriding point of the March was murkier.
One speaker was a woman who appears to think we should be more sympathetic to the idea of Sharia law. Another was a celebrity (Madonna, pictured above) who spoke wistfully about blowing up the White House. There were a large number of women wearing hats or clothing designed to look like female genitalia. In other words, it was unfocused.
However, the standard takeaway from the media and the March's supporters is that this was the "right" way to protest President Trump...presumably because they think that threatening to assassinate the President from the stage isn't "violence" as long as it is stated by a pop star. Or perhaps they didn't hear about the physical violence that occurred and continues to simmer under the surface of the anti-Trump movement.
There is another reason why the Women's March can't claim to be non-violent. I mentioned earlier that the political objectives of the March were unclear. That's true, except for one thing: it was stridently pro-abortion.
Pro-life women's groups were informed that they were not welcome at the March, and many participants held signs with extreme pro-abortion messages. How can a movement based on violence against the unborn claim to be totally peaceful? How can people who claim to believe in racial harmony ignore the racist past of Planned Parenthood and the fact that African American children are aborted more often than babies of any other race? And how can a group purporting to unify women suppress the voices of the millions of women who don't agree with them on this issue?
Right now, many of our female partners might be saying, "I would never join a March like that. They don't speak to anything I believe as a woman."
Our primary goal is to minister to the spiritual needs of women, but we also speak on the religious, social, cultural, moral and public policy issues of our day. Because our mission is grounded is the teachings of Jesus Christ, we provide an alternative viewpoint and a contrast from the grievance feminism on display this weekend.
The Women's March did not represent all women any more than the Inauguration Day protesters represented all dissent. But we must demonstrate that there are women of faith and distinction ready to support education reform, religious freedom, and family. Please join with us as we try to steer this country away from violence and towards healing and respect for God.