Today’s gem comes from The Record. Wow:
“Gay marriage — it threatens the family just like drugs and gangs,” said the Rev. Gloria Harris, whose Beth El Church is in a tough Newark neighborhood.
Right. Drugs and gangs couldn’t do it, but marriage equality will be the straw that breaks Newark. I always thought making a statement like this would get you booted from the gene pool. Do newspapers have lower standards? Someone remind me why the press takes these people seriously.
Some people assume that Newark’s problems began during the riots of 1967. It’s not really true. Things were pretty bad as early as the 1910s. Lots of organized crime, rat infestations and rampant cholera. Still, people learned to cope and somehow survived. But then in 1920 their worst nightmares came true when women won the right to vote. It was like being hit by an organized choleric pack of rats, and since then, Newark has struggled to recover.