Meanwhile, in Oakland . . .
The highest-ranking black congressman says opposition to the federal stimulus package by southern governors is "a slap in the face of African-Americans."
Democratic Congressman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina said Thursday he was insulted when the GOP governors of several states said they might not accept some of the money from the $787 billion stimulus package.
A pastor at a Berkeley church was sentenced Thursday to three years' probation and fined $1,000 after becoming the first person convicted under an Oakland ordinance barring protesters from coming within 8 feet of anyone entering an abortion clinic.Hoye, executive elder of the Progressive Missionary Baptist Church in south Berkeley, hands out anti-abortion literature outside abortion clinics. He was arrested May 13 at the Oakland clinic, carrying a sign that read, "Jesus loves you and your baby. Let us help you!"
As women approached the door, he asked them, "May I talk to you about alternatives to the clinic?"Anti-abortion activists called it an intrusion on their freedom of speech and decried what they said was an unfair prosecution of a pro-life black minister.
I'm sorry, did they repeal the 1st Amendment while I was eating dinner?
Is Jim Clyburn decrying the right of a black minister to hold a sign on public property, or is he silent on the issue?
Am I still living in America?