At twilight last night on Sepulveda the LAPD set up traffic cones, parting the cars like the Red Sea…and into the breach walked the parishioners of St. Genevieve parish, murmuring the Lord’s Prayer.
I don’t think any of the delayed drivers were expecting this. I was out walking the dogs, and I didn’t expect it either. A quiet vigil was met with respectful silence from the inconvenienced.
America is decidedly more pro-life than when I was younger. But quietly so. Simultaneously, it is also loudly pro-gay marriage. These are thought of as being in opposition. In a narrow political context, perhaps yes. But they are more complementary than one would credit. The politician willing to straddle the contradictions within us has an ungrateful nation waiting to tear him asunder.
I say come to Van Nuys. We ground zero for understanding.