what's christian re:bush - alabama
but bush is a christian, she'd insisted. she didn't think he was doing a good job, giving all our money to help those iraqi's instead of helping americans but kerry was definitely evil because he was for abortion and for same-sex marriage.
this is becoming a theme from fundamentalist christians: kerry's stand on abortion & same-sex marriage - and the major deciding factor in their votes.
when i asked pam why same-sex marriage was an issue for her, she began quoting the bible, altho she couldn't quote the bible because she didn't know what verse or chapter she was quoting, altho she was sure it outlawed same-sex marriage. she continued to say those people, her friends, could get married like the indians used to, on a hill, under the eyes of their god, among their own people.
i told her if she was my friend, i would want her to stand up for my right to marry & to not support a president who wanted to make a law that said i can't marry. she quickly qualified her friendship w/gays by saying that she knew which booths homosexuals sat in at the waffle house and she said hello and had conversations w/them but didn't talk w/them about marrying or about their homosexuality.
while pam was talking, another white womon, probably in her late 60's came over & declared "no one, not her husband (who has been dead for a long time), not her sons, & certainly not the 2 of us (me & rae), were going to tell her how to vote, now or ever. period" and off she went. later i found her & asked her if she was willing to talk w/us about women & voting on camera - she was not but she wanted us to know she was voting & it was none of our business or anyone's business how she voted.
back in the parking lot, a car pulled up & evelyn, an african american womon probably in her 30's got out and gave me a big hug! she demanded bumper stickers & information, which i handed out readily to her. she said she was going to pass them along to all her friends, who were all voting to out bush! she said she lives in a democratic neighborhood & everyone there - and in her church-is talking about getting rid of bush & his regime. she came back twice to get more information & bumper stickers and posters - she wanted everything we had. i asked her if she was interested in starting a codepink chapter in alabama & she said she would look us up on the internet & let me know. what she was interested in doing is getting bush out of office. we didn't have voter reg cards yet to give her but she said she was going to get some monday! she was inspiring!
another person, a man originally from jordan, came to talk w/us also. he collected information for his wife & i asked him if he knew evelyn, which he did. i asked if he'd pass on the information that evelyn might be interested in starting codepink in alabama & maybe his wife might want to also. a white male truck driver approached us, saying he had never voted but he might in this election. rae gave him a national registration form, as he lives in washington, & we spoke about how important his vote is, as washington is a swing state.
a great way to begin!
next we hit birmingham & went to the civil rights institute - it was closed but we were able to interview 3 wimmin who all identified as christian & who all thought bush was anti-christian. they all agreed to speak on camera - it was a great, exciting interview. all three wimmin were committed to getting bush out of office and thought that many folks in birmingham felt the same way.
we rushed to the library and picked up 2 dozen voter reg forms then we drove off to a state camp ground to spend the nite! peace, sam