View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Planned Parenthood considers prayer "violence"??

I went to the website of the local Planned Parenthood - the billion-dollar abortion business - and found a link to "Hotspots" which is described as "a summary of incidents of harassment and violence directed at Planned Parenthood affiliates ...."

Now some of the incidents cited are indeed not acceptable. I oppose threats, yelling, vandalizing people's property, and so on.

But then there was this one from October 22 of 2009: "Anti-choice protesters held a prayer vigil at a Planned Parentnhood health center."

A prayer vigil is harassment and violence???

And what they do in the clinics is not?

There's more.

On October 2 of last year "The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg led a prayer group in front of a Planned Parenthood health center." (Good for him!)

On November 18, "A Planned Parenthood health center observed three protesters with red tape over their mouths with the word “LIFE” written on it. They remained on the sidewalk and no confrontations occurred." (This is violent??)

On December 9: "A Planned Parenthood health center received an anti-choice postcard that contained a variety of religious comments." (Religious comments as violence?)

On December 28 - Feast of the Holy Innocents - "A large group of protesters arrived outside a Planned Parenthood health center in a bus and several cars. The group got out and prayed on the sidewalk and took some pictures. They left after approximately 15 minutes with no further incident."

Anyway, these and similar incidents listed at the site give an insight into how far out of touch with reality their extremist views can place some of the folks at Planned Parenthood.

They need more people praying for them.


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