Atheist Community of Tulsa counter-protesting aggressive anti-abortion group tactics
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
It has been a week of demonstrations on the sidewalk of East Central High School, but today's message is a bit more tolerable to parents than in days past.
"A couple of days ago, and the last two days, has been really negative. These kids don't need that. So, thank you for being here," said one member of the school staff to the Atheist Community of Tulsa.
For the last few days, an anti-abortion group calling themselves the Abolitionist Society of Tulsa has held signs outside of the school with pictures of bloody fetuses, pictures we can't even show you. Parents say the group approached kids with those messages and pamphlets.
"They had a loudspeaker, and they were preaching things that were just not nice," said Rebecca Kendall, a parent at the school.
After the group approached Rebecca's daughter, she called the Atheist Community of Tulsa to spread a different message. The Atheist community is giving out something a little bit less controversial. Smarties and little affirming messages like, "You rock."
The Atheist Community of Tulsa says this is not only the wrong place for an abortion debate, it's the wrong way to do it.
"There are other ways to have that debate, and honestly, we're not here debating abortion or religion. We're here saying our kids need better, and they deserve better," said Amanda Baggett, president of the Atheist Community of Tulsa.
That's a message that crosses all boundaries, regardless of your religious beliefs.
The Abolitionist Society and their pamphlets did not make a reappearance this morning.