The pro-abortion side of this weekend’s question is above.
But a few days ago I spoke to Craig Robbins, the director of Paul’s Pantry, and got the other side of the story.
Paul’s Pantry is a a ministry of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, a lay Catholic organization. It is the largest free food pantry in Wisconsin, located in Green Bay. (Click all photos to enlarge.)
Craig told me Planned Parenthood of Green Bay called the pantry and asked it to send a truck to pick up food it had collected in a drive. Craig told the lady calling the pantry was unable to send a truck. He gave PP no reason why but did not want to co-mingle with PP, nor did he want to give PP a photo op. He gave the caller names of other local food pantries. There are 20 in the area.
“Within 20 minutes I was getting phone calls and emails calling us pieces of sh**,” Paul told me. “The calls that day came from the Milwaukee area, where Planned Parenthood is headquartered. We have caller ID.”
Craig said he did tell one of the callers they could simply drop off their donation, “which happens about 100 times a day – in that case we don’t know where the food comes from.”
But if an organization wants a receipt, Paul’s Pantry has a gift acceptance policy. “If the donation is going to hurt us, we don’t accept it,” explained Craig.
Craig said it never got to that point with Planned Parenthood, though. PP invented the rest of the story. “What was their purpose?” asked Paul. “If they really intended to feed the poor they should have just dropped the food off and left it at that. But was it for their own self-promotion?”
It appears so. Liberal website Daily Kos was apparently alerted about the commotion and suggested its readers harass Paul’s Pantry, which they did. Then Breitbart’s Big Journalism wrote about the fracas, at which time “I received so many emails in support,” Craig said, “and contributions from all over the United States.”
Craig said he received counsel from a pastor at their cathedral, who said they did “absolutely the right thing.” The pastor explained Paul’s Pantry could no more knowingly take food from Planned Parenthood than it could the mafia or al-Qaeda. Planned Parenthood is a murderer of even greater infamy.
Craig said he based his decision on two guiding Bible verses:
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness. ~ II Corinthians 6:14
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. ~ Ephesians 5:11