The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice exists in order to provide journalists and politicians with a sock puppet they can use to counter religious pro-life voices when expedient. Here's its take on Scheidler vs. NOW:
In its 8-0 ruling against NOW, the Supreme Court did not recognize that this case is not only about the safety of women’s clinics, it is also about the safety of churches that take pro-choice positions and have pro-choice clergy and the safety of homes of clergy who are pro-choice. Clergy are pro-choice religious leaders are also victims of the continuing pattern of crimes and physical attacks against patients, doctors, and clinic staff. Those who use threats and violence against clinics also do so against clergy and churches whose views they do not like. The court's decision in this case leaves these individuals without protection. We believe the religious freedom issue has not been addressed or even understood in this decision.
Got that? The court's decision leaves these individuals without protection. Apparently the normal laws against assault and mayhem were suspended by the Supreme Court without our noticing it. Should you have any lingering doubts, note that RCRC is too intimidated by the threat of violence to give any examples of the harm done (with impunity) to "clergy and churches whose views [pro-lifers] do not like."
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Mar. 12, 2006 10:50 AM ET USA
RCRC is the prime example of why the P-L Movement needs to emphasize “Respect God”, not just “Respect Life”. It is RCRC clerics who have the most influence to lose with their “pro-choice” followers: when the CLERICS can’t BREAK the Test Proposition: “A God-respecting pro-choicer is an oxymoron”. The usual & wrong way is to ARGUE “Life” & doctrinal details - allowing them to be cleverly slippery. Go for the HEART of the matter: show they don’t Respect God’s Rights above peoples’ presumed rights!