From 1997 through 1999, Lilith Fair was one of the highest grossing touring festivals in the world, with over 1.5 million fans in attendance and raising over $10 million dollars for national and local charities…. [f]ounded by Grammy-award winning artist Sarah McLachlan… a celebration of women in music….
[T]he all-female festival is making its return in Summer 2010.
Yesterday the Lilith Tour team announced the “Choose Your Charity” campaign, encouraging Facebook users to vote from a group of preselected women’s charities to help decide which will get $1 for every ticket sold in each concert city.
To the surprise to everyone, including me, several pregnancy care centers were included on the list. A surprise because back in the day Lilith Fair had the reputation of being a feminist and lesbian magnet, both groups being pro-abortion. Sarah McLachlan is also a pro-abort (ironically having previously performed in Rock for Choice concerts).
Not to mention the fact “Lilith” in folklore is a barren demon “of disease, illness, and death,” according to Wikipedia.
The word “Lilith” is also mentioned once in the Bible in Isaiah 34:14 – if you’re reading the NRSV or a few other versions. That same Hebrew word is also translated “screech owl” (KJV) “night creature,” (NIV), and “night hag” (RSV)
Back to the charities, Lilith preselected both pccs and abortion mills as voting options.
According to the Chicago Reader:
When asked to comment about this apparent change in tack for the historically pro-choice Lilith Fair, the festival organizers had this to say….
“The seeding at the start was done with a basic digital search in each market of woman’s charities,” [Nettwerk CEO Terry McBride] said….
The “seeding” he refers to, aka the initial vetting step, consisted of looking online for woman-focused organizations with federal tax ID numbers. He claims no other criteria were employed….
PCCs/maternity homes I found:
A Beacon of Hope Women’s Center, Atlanta, GA
Life Centers, Indianapolis, IN
Maggie’s Place (maternity home), Phoenix, AZ
Metro Women’s Center, Minneapolis, IN
Mother’s Refuge (maternity home), Kansas City, MO
New Beginnings Home (maternity home/adoption ministry), Seattle, WA
Our Lady’s Inn (maternity home/children’s shelter), St. Louis, MO (UPDATED 4/1)
The Haven of Grace (maternity home), St. Louis, MO
Abortion mills/organizations I found:
Feminist Women’s Health Center, Atlanta, GA
(NARAL) Pro Choice North Carolina, Raleigh, NC
So on Monday the “Lilith Fair: No money for crisis pregnancy centers!” Facebook page popped up, and pro-aborts started attacking the Lilith Tour’s inclusion of PCCs as prospective charities to fund. So much for choice, but we knew that.
For awhile yesterday Lilith Tour’s charity page was taken down. I fully expected the site to go live with PCCs scrubbed.
But they weren’t. Last night Lilith Tour reposted the list with PCCs still included along with a vague statement saying organizers would open the selection process up to public suggestions.
Ultimately, the deck is stacked against the PCCs. According to Lilith Tour’s press release:
The Lilith founders – Sarah McLachlan, Terry McBride, Dan Fraser and Marty Diamond – will hand pick the local charity winners from the top 3 charities with the most votes in each city.
But there is hope these pro-”choice” people will opt to support maternity homes.
All that said, pro-lifers sure can vote. Go here, click on the city, and vote for the pro-life organization.
And pro-lifers can add their life-affirming comments at Lilith Tour’s Facebook page.
I found it interesting that no Planned Parenthoods were on the list.