So on the Mass. Pike there is a huge advertisement behind Fenway Park, that recently changed but still on behalf of the same organization supporting gun control in the U.S. Personally, I think violence is never the answer and that no citizen should have any reason to own a gun. I drive past this sign whenever I go into Boston and inside I silently cheer on behalf of the "right" side.
After driving 20 or so hours home from St. Louis to the east coast, I remember passing dozens of right-wing anti-abortion, pro-christian fundamentalism signs. Inside I cheer whenever I pass a liberal, pro-abortion, anti-gun, or freedom-for-all billboard, but I never thought, do right-wing conservatives cheer silently as well when they pass billboards advocating their beliefs? The thing is, I KNOW that forward thinking, openness, and anti-discriminatory policies are RIGHT. How can something that supports equality for all walks of humanity not be? How can increased gun restrictions NOT be beneficial in preventing crime? And what right does anyone have in telling me I can't abort a cell-sized child if I am not ready nor willing to have a child?
|New ad for gun control: Photo courtesy of TheTruthAboutGuns.com|
|Previous Ad for gun control: Photo courtesy of AdPulp.com|
I believe that my political standpoints are right, fair, and just. So does the religious right and the conservative movement deserve to feel the same way about their beliefs? I'm honestly not sure. I don't get how someone can buy a weapon lethal enough to certainly kill another person and feel justified. There are dozens of other methods of self protection, and rarely do I hear of someone owning a gun in defense that is not later used in offense. Why is it that the southern states, often included in the bible belt, are the states with the fewest effective gun regulations? Why is it that more members of the bible belt, own more guns than the more liberal, less religious north, even though the christian religion forbids murder? Additionally, I don't understand how others can think they have the right over others' bodies based on religion (even when god is not a provable belief, nor accepted by all! Religion is an outdated system passed down between generations as an excuse for lack of science and reason). And how can anyone accept or justify the fact that many minority groups (including women) are still highly misrepresented and discriminated against?
|Giant cross in Ohio|
|Billboard stating the Ten Commandments, Ohio|
|Bible Billboard, Western Pennsylvania|
|"Jesus is Alive" sign, Western Pennsylvania|
For this I am proud to be a minority. I am proud to be apart from the mainstream christian beliefs of this country, and I am proud to be from a socially liberal city like Boston that keeps abortion legal, gay marriage legal, and decriminalizes marijuana. So here's to you, Boston. Cheers.
|Monkey Sticker, South End (by the Children's Museum Boston)|
|AssNine, Monkey, Congress St., South End, Boston|
|Skuzz, Congress St., Boston|
|Tagged Bridge, Congress St., Boston|
|Abso, Congress St., Boston|
|2Hero, South End, Boston|
|AssNine, South End, Boston|
|Summer St. Bridge Graffiti, South End, Boston|
|Shepard Fairey's Andre the Giant, South End, Boston|
|90East, Pay Monopoly, Stickers, Boston|
|Shepard Fairey's Andre the Giant, Congress St., Boston|
|Congress St., Boston|
|NS, Congress St., Boston|
|Congress St., South Seaport, Boston|
|South Seaport, Boston|
|Shepard Fairey's Andre the Giant sticker, South Seaport, Boston|
|SYM, near Boston Children's Museum, Congress St., South End Seaport District|
|Shepard Fairey, Mass. Ave, Near Boston Medical Center|