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Pro-choice Messages on Indybay Anger Catholic League
The following is an email that the Catholic League sent out to its email list today criticizing Indybay because "the website embraces every conceivable anti-American, left-wing cause, including issues that are positively insane." Special thanks to Catholic League president Bill Donohue for addressing the issue in such a professional and enlightened manner. Thanks as well for sending out the email recommending your flock visit here.
From: Catholic League<lg [at] catholicleague.org>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2006 16:36:10 -0800
Subject: PRO-LIFE MESSAGE ANGERS BAY AREA LOONS
January 13, 2006
PRO-LIFE MESSAGE ANGERS BAY AREA LOONS
The Respect Life Ministry of the Oakland Diocese is waging a PR campaign in BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) trains promoting a pro-life message. One of the ads, “9 MONTHS,” calls attention to the amount of time the Supreme Court allows abortions to take place. The other ad reads, “The Supreme Court says you can choose: after the heart starts beating, after its arms and legs appear, after all organs are present, after the sex is apparent, after it sucks its thumb, after it responds to sounds, after it could survive outside the womb.” The ads end by asking “Have We Gone Too Far?”
Though most of the ads have been destroyed by pro-abortion activists, the Oakland Diocese has been busy replacing them. Many of the placards have been covered with the most incredibly vicious anti-Catholic and obscene remarks, and some of the ads have been torn to shreds.
Catholic League president Bill Donohue addressed this issue today:
“Anyone who wants to know what makes these people tick should click into the website indybay.org. It will soon be discovered that abortion rights is only one small part of the agenda: the website embraces every conceivable anti-American, left-wing cause, including issues that are positively insane, e.g., ‘Bathroom Safety for Transgenders.’
“Most Americans, including those who support abortion rights, have serious reservations about abortion-on-demand. But not these people. Abortion is regarded as sacrosanct because it affirms their vision of genital liberation—every sexual act that can be performed must be performed, and none should be burdened by pregnancy or disease.
“The pro-life campaign by the Oakland Diocese is part of a bigger effort sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops titled, ‘The Second Look Project.’ It is important that this campaign succeed, and that is why we are encouraging Catholics across the nation to generously support it. It is a great way to subvert the culture of death.”
Kiera M. McCaffrey
Director of Communications
The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
450 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10123
Email: cl [at] catholicleague.org
same message also listed at the top of their website's home page as the Latest News Release for 1/13/06:
PRO-LIFE MESSAGE ANGERS BAY AREA LOONS
January 13, 2006 | The Respect Life Ministry of the Oakland Diocese is waging a PR campaign in BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) trains promoting a pro-life message...
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On October 13, 2005 Catholic League president William Donohue appeared on NBC's Today. Reacting to the priest sexual abuse scandal, he claimed that the crisis was "a homosexual scandal, not a pedophilia scandal."
The Catholic League's positions on abortion, marriage, religious freedom, and other issues reflect official teachings of the Catholic Church. The league has been at odds with other civil rights groups, such as the ACLU, that advocate for legalized abortion, homosexual marriage, and the suppression of many public references to religion.
Board of Advisors
An array of prominent lay Catholics serve on the Catholic League's Board of Advisors: L. Brent Bozell III, Gerard Bradley, Linda Chavez, Robert Destro, Dinesh D'Souza, Laura Garcia, Robert George, Mary Ann Glendon, Dolores Grier, Alan Keyes, Stephen Krason, Tom Monaghan, Michael Novak, Kate O'Beirne, Thomas Reeves, Patrick Riley, Robert Royal, Russell Shaw, Bill Simon, Paul Vitz and George Weigel.
Many of the above, such as Novak and Weigel, are considered conservatives in the Republican vein, who disagreed drastically with Pope John II over the United States' 2003 invasion of Iraq. Furthermore, others described above, such as Kate O'Beirne and Thomas Monoghan, have drawn controversy for being affiliated with Opus Dei, though the organization is a personal prelature of the Pope.