Friday, December 20, 2002

PRO-LIFE OR PRO SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS?
Amy Welborn applauds a monsignor's decision to keep Governor Davis from playing Santa at a Catholic children's home since he is pro-choice.

You know, this is the type of thing that gives us pro-lifers such a bad name. Is it good that Gray Davis is pro-choice? No. Does that mean we can't work with him on other things? Absolutely not! This isn't a case of having Anna Quindlen or some other pro-choice advocate doing a commencement speech at college graduation. This is a chance for kids to meet the governor and get some gifts. But no! We must stand in our self-righteousness and pat ourselves on the back about how we told Gov. Davis what he can do with his pro-choice views! We'll show him!

And that's really all they're doing. It's not like this little stunt has any chance of changing Gov. Davis's views on abortion. This is an exercise in cheerleading that will not save one unborn child from abortion.

There's something really distasteful about using children as the battleground for adult discussions. I can't help but think there would be better ways to let Gov. Davis know that we think he's wrong on abortion. Maybe ask him some tough questions about his position while he was there. Maybe organize protestors at the home.

I also have to ask we're truly following the example of Jesus, who dined with taxpayers and prostitutes. Did Jesus make these people sign a letter promising to amend their ways before He would let them into His life? I don't think so.

Instead, we look like a bunch of self-righteous prigs willing to ruin poor children's Christmas in order to grab a few headlines for our cause. I hope and pray that we're better than that.

UPDATE: Amy has written me that she did not mean to "applaud" the monsignor's action, just point it out to her readers. I apologize for the mischaracterization.
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