Video filmed June 29, 2015 by David Corrigan. Voice of Sherry Bracken.
HILO – Parents and concerned community members gathered along Kinoole Street in Hilo on Monday, kicking off a social media-fueled effort to “Take Back Lincoln Park” from Jim Borden, whose sign covered truck is a daily fixture.
Borden is within his legal rights to display the signs. Police and prosecutors stay clear of the situation. Borden’s Yahweh Lincoln Park Ministry has been preaching at the park for years. Many find the signs to be offensive and hateful, and parents often choose to take their children elsewhere for their playground fix. The signs target certain religious denominations and life styles, and are critical of President Barack Obama. When Borden recently put a graphic depiction of an aborted baby on display in an anti-abortion campaign, many Hilo residents had enough.
A counter-sign waving was organized, and word spread via the Facebook event group, Take Back Lincoln Park. On Monday, residents tried to arrive early enough to take the parking spots before Borden could set up his ministry, but Borden was apparently one step ahead of them.
The dueling sign demonstrations went peacefully on Monday. We spoke with both sides of the issue that tests the boundary between the first amendment and an appropriate environment for children.