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Youth and Young Adults on the Frontline of Love

Posted by T. Resnikoff // July 30th 2014 // Issues and Trends, Stories and Voices // no comments

Youth and Young Adults Respond to Operation Save America Targeting


Services at First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans, Louisiana were targeted on Sunday,  July 20, 2014 by members of the anti-abortion protest group Operation Save America (OSA)– formerly known as “Operation Rescue” – for having hosted the groundbreaking celebration of a new Planned Parenthood family counseling center to be built nearby.

Rev. Deanna Vandiver, citing the founding principle of religious freedom in the United States stated, “Literally in our most tender and vulnerable space, religious terrorism began.”

As reported on the Rachel Maddow Show in the story, “Anti-abortion extremists violate church sanctity“, when protesters disrupted the service, UU youth spontaneously rose to encircle them, singing a counter message of  love and tolerance. OSA protesters then covered the windows of the congregation’s day–care center with placards of disturbing images (click here to see a graphic example of Operation Save America placards). Young Adult members of the congregation responded by moving children into an interior room out of earshot of the protesters polemic language.

Rev.Vandiver noted the spontaneous actions of the congregation’s youth and young adults and said. “… we are not interested in being terrorized. Freedom of speech does not trump freedom of religion.”

Although the national OSA office disavowed the action of the individuals involved in disrupting First UU’s service, the post, “The Macedonian Call“, calling the disruption of the service at First UU “dynamic witness”,  appears on the OSA website.

Related –

Benham Group Disrupts ‘Synagogue Of Satan’ Unitarian Universalist Worship Services, Receives Proclamation From Mayor, on Right Wing Watch.

Anti-abortion group harasses Unitarian church during moment of silence for dead member, on Rawstory.

Mayor’s office issues certificate recognizing abortion protest group for “service” to New Orleans, on Uptown Messenger

Learn the history of –

Operation Save America (formerly Operation Rescue National)

Operation Rescue Kansas (formerly Operation Rescue West), including its involvement in the murder of Dr. George Tiller (assassinated while attending church in 2009)

About the Author

Ted Resnikoff is the Digital Communications Editor at the Unitarian Universalist Association.
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