Gotta love ’em.

First, there seem to be gay activists who think that the Vatican thinks they should be killed.  And yet, to my knowledge, nobody has provided a shred of evidence that that is true.  From a LifeSite News article titled, “Homosexual Activists Protest at Vatican, Say Vatican Wants to ‘Exterminate’ Them” here are a couple of excerpts that tell us all we need to know about how substantial these activists’ claims are:

At Saturday’s demonstration, when asked how he came to believe that the Vatican wants to “kill homosexuals” the Arcigay spokesman said only, “The United Nations has to take a position, and to take over, to remove all the laws in the world against the homosexuals.”

and,

When asked for evidence, within the last fifty years, that the Catholic Church or the pope wants to kill homosexuals, the spokesman said, “It’s really hard to answer this question. The Church is in fact against gays. Their actions don’t correspond to their words.”

“I can read Italian. I can read L’Osservatore Romano, and this is not a kind of interpretation. What they say is what they say.”

Thank you, Arcigay spokesperson, for pointing out the absurdity and vacuity of your claims so that I don’t have to!  But just in case there may be any lingering doubt, here is the official teaching of the Catholic Church regarding homosexual persons:

§ 2358: The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial.  They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

The Catholic League has a list of similarly outrageous claims.

And then, from the 40 Days for Life blog: Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, is trying to boost fund-raising for her organization by talking about the horrific extremist anti-choice attacks they are suffering.  With my emphases and comments:

The bold headline running across the envelope of the latest fundraising letter from Planned Parenthood Federation of America screams:

Relentless Anti-Choice Extremists: They’re coming after our organization with everything they’ve got! Help us fight their post-election challenges!”

Despite Planned Parenthood having just succeeded in getting many of their close friends elected to the highest offices in our land, [and despite receiving over $336 million from our government in FY 2006/2007, and having a profit of over $114 million!] the letter inside contains an urgent appeal for money, begging abortion advocates to “rush an immediate donation” to the abortion business to help fight “the latest showdown in a battle raging all across America.”

What does the abortion giant find so “critical”?

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, clearly spells it out: “Now, here’s what worries us the most…”

Then she specifically identifies 40 Days for Life as one of the greatest threats to the abortion chain’s business.

Richard writes, “Planned Parenthood is under attack,” explaining the setbacks their staff and customers experienced when, “from September 24 to November 2, 2008 a coalition of anti-choice groups promoted a ‘40 Days’ campaign all across America, including 24/7 prayer vigils outside Planned Parenthood offices and health centers.”  [And is this to be considered extremist behavior?  Maybe I’m just a crazy pro-lifer, but extremism brings to my mind things like suicide bombers and assault rifles.  Things you’ll never see at a prayer vigil.]

She concludes the letter by saying, “the hard-edged, well-funded groups coming after Planned Parenthood are playing for keeps,” while telling abortion supporters, “I only hope you realize how urgently we need you.”  [You’ve got to be kidding me–“well-funded groups”?!  Many 40 Days for Life participants are individuals not associated with any group.  And while I have known pro-life individuals and organizations to be richer than Midas when it comes to spiritual wealth, I have never, ever known a pro-life group to be well-funded!  But Ms. Richards did get the hard-edged, playing for keeps part right; we pro-lifers are all about drawing and maintaining a hard edge of truth, love, and justice between women and children and people and organizations who want to hurt and kill them by abortion.  And you’re darn right we’re playing for keeps–keeping those women and children safe and alive.]

Wow.

While I certainly wouldn’t describe 40 Days for Life as “well-funded,” we ARE playing for keeps. This is a matter of life and death, and the stakes are too high to treat this any other way.  [That’s what it comes down to.]

Is the point that pro-lifers are extremely dedicated to our cause?  Fine!  Of course we are!  And Ms. Richards and her “pro-choice” friends are every bit as dedicated to theirs.  There’s little point in supporting a cause if you’re not dedicated to it!  But the “extremist” rhetoric is absurd.  Richards wants to paint pro-life activists as if we’re terrorists or some kind of organized crime syndicate.  As if we are all those crazed extremists who murder abortionists.  As if we’re some frightfully rich and politically powerful opponent–that’s so incredibly laughable coming from Planned Parenthood!  If I were a Planned Parenthood donor, I’d feel like Richards was taking me for a complete fool.

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