Our quote of the day yesterday was a news story clip about pro-life protesters from Randall Terry's group Insurrecta Nex disrupting a Harrisburg, PA, event at which pro-life turncoat Sen. Bob Casey spoke Monday.
Here's great video of the disturbance...
Here's more news coverage, from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review...
The protesters denounced Casey, a Roman Catholic, as a "pro-life hypocrite."
"He's a stealth pro-life candidate. He's a disgrace to the pro-life community," said Suzanne Doller, a nurse from Carlisle.
The protesters criticized Casey, among other things, for voting for the health care bill, which they said contains money for Planned Parenthood.
Casey said he has worked 15 years as a public official to reduce the number of abortions, as he believes the health care bill will do.
"I'm a pro-life Democrat," said Casey. "No Democrat in the country, and I would add a couple of Republicans, has done as much to bear witness... to the truth of abortion.
And I'm all for protests like this, btw.
No justice, no peace.
I'm not the one who thought up the concept.
Good for them! I hope we can vote this guy out in 2012.Posted by: Phillymiss at January 12, 2010 11:51 AM
Are disruptions always the best way of handling things? Isn't this the same tactic as the gays disrupting mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral?Posted by: Pete at January 12, 2010 11:52 AM
We have been killing our children by the thousands and thousands and thousands, every day, day after day, month after month, year after year, for almost 37 years now.
Passivity doesn't work.
Jesus said, "The Kingdom of Heaven is forcibly treated, and forceful men seize it." Even Casey in the clip said, "They had their say, that's what this country is all about...They are courageous witnesses...bearing witness to the Truth." (Those last two phrases, it sounded like he was referring to the protesters but I can't be 100% sure because the clip was edited.)
I thought it was excellent, mildly disruptive, almost polite (the first man who spoke started with "Excuse me...") The entire interruption lasted less than 2 minutes.
We need more such demonstrations.
Thousands and thousands and thousands of children are being killed, every day, and just as many mothers and fathers are being emotionally and spiritually wounded, whether they realize it or not.Posted by: Ed at January 12, 2010 1:43 PM
Ed, it doesn't help anyone's fight/cause to be disrespectful and disruptive. If that is the result of frustration, then the gays who disrupted St. Patrick's Cathedral due to their frustration are no different--the ends may be but not the tactics.Posted by: Pete at January 12, 2010 2:01 PM
Hi Pete. Randall Terry here.
Allow me to answer your two questions:
1) "Are disruptions always the best way of handling things?"
No, disruptions are not always the best tool. But sometimes, causing a disruption is the very best thing someone can do.
John the Baptist interrupted Herod; Jesus disrupted the money changers in the Temple, with a whip. Josiah disrupted the worshippers of Molech - who sacrificed children on demonic alters - by desecrating and decimating their alters.
Sometimes disruption is a holy act.
2) "Isn't this the same tactic as the gays disrupting mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral?'
No, not even close. Mass is a Holy Sacrifice; homosexual behavior is a mortal sin. Disrupting the Holy to promote the profane is bad. You are mixing and matching by comparing that which is just and holy to that which is unjust and unholy.
Study the historic and prophetic books of the Bible, as well as the heroes and Saints of Christian history. Josiah and St. Boniface were both very disruptive, and they both helped break the back of human slaughter.
God, please give us more holy, disruptive men and women like Gideon, Josiah, St. Boniface, Joan of Arc, and the prophetess Deborah, for the sake of truth, justice, and the lives of the innocent babies!Posted by: Randall Terry at January 12, 2010 2:24 PM
God, please give us more holy, disruptive men and women like Gideon, Josiah, St. Boniface, Joan of Arc, and the prophetess Deborah, for the sake of truth, justice, and the lives of the innocent babies!
Posted by: Randall Terry at January 12, 2010 2:24 PM
And more (dare I say) Randall Terry's!
Keep up the good work brother!
Amen.Posted by: Ed at January 12, 2010 2:49 PM
Just so you know: there are quite a few of us praying for you and yours, out here... "laying down prayer cover", as a friend used to put it! :)Posted by: Paladin at January 12, 2010 3:28 PM
Randall, whether it is the disruption of Bob Casey or of mass, both groups of people believed they were right in their disruptions. Now, you may disagree with the St. Patrick's Cathedral disruption (I personally think that Act Up! was abohorrent in doing so), but I suppose anyone can rationalize the ends justifying the means.Posted by: Pete at January 12, 2010 3:40 PM
Cool!Posted by: Robyn at January 12, 2010 3:46 PM
Pete wrote, in reply to Randall:
whether it is the disruption of Bob Casey or of mass, both groups of people believed they were right in their disruptions. Now, you may disagree with the St. Patrick's Cathedral disruption (I personally think that Act Up! was abohorrent in doing so), but I suppose anyone can rationalize the ends justifying the means.
There are a few starting assumptions to clean up, here:
1) Disrupting things is not an intrinsic evil (i.e. evil, independent of circumstances); it's sometimes morally evil (e.g. disrupting Holy Mass with a profane promotion of sin), sometimes morally neutral (interrupting a normal conversation to introduce some unexpected news flash), and sometimes morally good (e.g. breaking up a gang-rape party).
2) The common phrase, "the ends don't justify the means" is incomplete enough to be misleading; it's an abbreviated form of the classic moral axiom: "no possible ends can justify EVIL means". If the means aren't evil, then the prohibition never "activates".
3) Unless you think disruptions are intrinsically evil (and they're plainly not--as Randall explained), or unless you think Holy Mass somehow has the same intrinsic moral gradient (i.e. objective, innate "goodness") as a political speech, you'd have a very tough time equivocating the two.
I'll give you this much: all other things being equal, it's better to be decorous than to be disruptive; but this isn't an exceptionless rule (see above). For proportionately serious reason, one can cause a disruption (i.e. if doing nothing will bring about greater harm, if a significant evil is being allowed to progress unchallenged, etc.). It's always wrong to cause needless disruptions, but that doesn't seem to be the case here.
Perhaps you could help: how, exactly, do you think that this disruption was needless? Can you prove your case?Posted by: Paladin at January 12, 2010 4:10 PM
I have been to the Harrisburg Capitol rotunda several times and was surprised to see those walls set up on the floor. What was that about? Anyone from PA know?Posted by: Jody Ward at January 12, 2010 4:34 PM
Senator Casey, you lie!Posted by: Jon at January 14, 2010 5:54 AM
I'm sure the Senator's father is rolling in his grave, at about 5000RPM.Posted by: Kathryn at January 14, 2010 4:03 PM