Saying it out loud
by La Shawn Barber
Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at 3:45 pm
Ryan Bomberger is no stranger to controversy. The pro-life Christian and Emmy award-winning creative director is the man behind provocative black pro-life billboard campaigns such as "Black Children Are an Endangered Species," and he often reminds abortion supporters of Planned Parenthood's eugenic roots and its founder Margaret Sanger's opinions about the "unfit."
Co-founder of The Radiance Foundation, a non-profit, "life-affirming" organization that advocates adoption and protection of the unborn, Bomberger recently released an anti-Obama advertisement titled "GET OUT." In the two-minute, animated video (see clip below), he imbues President Barack Obama's "Hope and Change" and "Yes We Can" slogans with new meaning.
The video is a commentary on the president's support for redefining marriage to include two people of the same sex, disregard for religious freedom, and other issues. (My favorite lines: "You're biracial and I am too / Racial profiling's OK if it's a vote for you?") Bomberger can't use his tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) group to endorse or oppose a political candidate, so he launched the So Out Loud project to call out politicians.
"I've always been very visual and vocal about how I feel," he wrote on his website. "In that expression I will be respectful but unapologetically straight to the point. I've been so outloud since birth. As a passionate person who's never content to sit idly by, it's how I'm wired. Politically, I (like so many other Americans) am tired of losing those liberties that make us … well … American."
Bomberger certainly is passionately against abortion and believes Planned Parenthood targets blacks. (Read more about him in this profile). He recently criticized Essence, a magazine for black women, for having Planned Parenthood as a sponsor of its annual Essence Music Festival. Bomberger noted the irony of his organization being denounced for trying to protect unborn black babies and restore black families, while the abortion provider is a celebrated sponsor. Black women are disproportionately represented among abortion recipients.
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., issued a statement denouncing Bomberger's pro-life efforts during a billboard campaign in her district in Oakland, saying she was "deeply offended" by it. "I have and will continue to believe that women have the fundamental rights to make decisions regarding their reproductive lives, and no woman's choice should be subjected to scrutiny based on her ethnic background." (By the way, the liberal Lee supports racial preferences, which subjects individuals to government scrutiny based on their ethnic backgrounds.)
Through his new project, Bomberger can name names, and he goes straight to the top: "The most pro-abortion president, whose own complexion once would have deemed him less than a person not so long ago, has a bizarre way of using that same warped logic [of the Dred Scott decision] in his zeal to promote the slaughter of millions of unborn persons."
Providentially for the pro-life cause, Bomberger was spared from slaughter. His white biological mother, who was raped, let him live. He was adopted into a multiracial Christian family, and today Bomberger and his wife, Bethany, have a family of adopted and biological children.
La Shawn Barber
La Shawn writes about culture, faith, and politics. Her work has appeared in the Christian Research Journal, Christianity Today, the Washington Examiner, and other publications