Pro-abortion ideologues are throwing a righteous fit over a pro-life group’s decision to protest a pro-abortion politician outside her church last Sunday with graphic signs.  I loved Robin Marty’s headline at RH Reality Check

… as if ambushing isn’t exactly what is done to preborn babies being aborted?

I also liked this headline a the Shad Plank: “Anti-abortion group targets Sen. Locke at church with brutal ads.” The photos are “brutal,” but the act itself isn’t?

But I digress.

Here’s the story from the pro-choice perspective, by sanctimonious Kerry Dougherty at The Virginian-Pilot,  in an commentary entitled “There’s a proper time, place for politics; it isn’t during church.” (Digressing again: Note that in a church setting they complain we’re bringing politics into religion, while in a political setting they complain we’re bringing religion into politics.)

God save us from parlor popes, kitchen-table cardinals and backyard bishops.

Every time a few of these pious finger-pointers appear in public, I’m reminded of the loudmouthed hypocrites that Jesus encountered regularly in Bible stories. You know, the sticklers for the rules who yapped when he healed the sick on the Sabbath and the cranks who sneered when he dined with sinners….

Although it makes no sense in a country that has enshrined religious liberty in its Constitution, these 21st-century stone-throwers are often eager to jump into the political arena right before Election Day to accuse fellow Catholics of not being Catholic enough.

Take the tone-deaf crowd that decided it would be a great idea to wave dead-fetus posters outside St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Newport News on Sunday morning.


They were there for one reason: to blindside and embarrass a parishioner, state Sen. Mamie Locke [pictured right] because of her stand on abortion.

Locke supports abortion rights. They don’t.

This holier-than-thou crowd decided that Locke’s position justified a tasteless attempt to score political points outside a place of worship. Even more outrageous, they dared question whether she is fit to receive communion.

As a Catholic, I find this unspeakably repugnant. The decision to receive communion is a highly personal one. It’s not the business of nosy zealots to decide who’s worthy and who isn’t….

Locke, who’s been active in her parish for more than 20 years, emerged from the building around 11 and came face-to-face with demonstrators holding signs and passing out literature. Locke said she didn’t touch the handouts and she didn’t see anyone else take one, either.

“I was horrified,” she told me Tuesday. “It’s just so inappropriate. At our church we don’t mix politics and religion.”…

Look, if you feel strongly that abortion should be outlawed, work to elect like-minded candidates. Donate money, volunteer your time.

But for the sake of common decency, would you please stay away from candidates’ homes and churches and refrain from commenting on their state of grace?

Unless, of course, you real-ly like being compared to the obnoxious know-it-alls who harassed Jesus and his followers in biblical times.

No surprise, Dougherty engaged in quite a bit of inaccurate theology to finagle getting Jesus to stand against pro-lifers and on the side of a pro-choice politician who has compiled a 100% pro-choice voting record with NARAL.

That aside, do you think it is acceptable to protest pro-abortion politicians outside their churches on Sunday mornings?

[Photos of protest via The Shad Plank; click to enlarge]

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