tolerance on parade

By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 04, 2005

How to tell when you've hit a nerve:

On October 2, 2005, the Race for the Cure in Denver began with a loud horn and dozens of pink balloons released into the Denver skyline. As the first wave of 60,000 runners hit the first mile of their run, their eyes were drawn to the Truth Truck, parked just across a grassy divide from the Speer Street route. As the runners continued, the truck's presence was explained by bright pink signs with black letters proclaiming "Abortion Causes Breast Cancer" and "". By the time the second wave of racers were approaching the truck, the protesters were nearly deafened by boos and threats. A seemingly non-stop contingent of rabid pro-choice women threw full water bottles and verbally assaulted the protesters behind the police tape. Several times, bold individuals crossed the tape and attacked the pro-life crowd, incensed at the images on the truth truck and word "abortion." One protester was punched in the face by an irate woman. Two men exposed themselves to the women and children in the protest area.

Had the signs read, "Brahms's Third Symphony Causes Breast Cancer," would any runner have broken stride?

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  • Posted by: winnie - Oct. 08, 2005 11:35 AM ET USA

    The Komen Foundation, the media and the medical establishment is failing in its responsibility to inform the public of the link between abortion and breast cancer. I think the Truth Truck was the only means of breaking through the conspiracy of silence and getting the facts to the Race participants. Furthermore, Fr. Pavone of Priests for Life says abortion has been so trivialized and sugar-coated in our culture that people will not reject it unless they see its true horror. Judy

  • Posted by: - Oct. 06, 2005 1:44 PM ET USA

    Psalms, I'm sorry for your loss! Must be extremely painful. A prayer for you and your family.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 05, 2005 11:27 AM ET USA

    Tossing a pregnant unmarried woman out of her job is reprehensible. By showing compassion toward sinners (even a woman who might have no shame about the circumstances of her pregnancy) the employer would not have implied approval of the sin. We demonstrate how much we value the life of the unborn child by helping its mother provide for it. Jesus forgave sins of the flesh but condemned the Pharisees.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 05, 2005 10:06 AM ET USA

    Arrgghh! I just gave $50 to the Susan G. Komen outfit! Anybody know if there are any breast cancer foundations that don't support abortion, assisted suicide, embryonic stell cell research, etc.?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 05, 2005 8:53 AM ET USA

    Fratello- you say "fired when it became known that she was pregnant and unmarried, What are the messages here?" Uhhhh... that Catholic morality is not a "side issue" but central? "We force them to choose?" Again, the choice was made some time ago; she chose to fornicate, and the result of her choice is a baby. She doesn't get to "choose" again! And when she chose that which was inconsistent with her employment, her employers acted appropriately to avoid sending the wrong message.

  • Posted by: leila - Oct. 05, 2005 7:59 AM ET USA

    Dear Psalms, Saying "abortion causes breast cancer" is not the logical equivalent of saying "all those with breast cancer had an abortion". But if you could save some women from the suffering your family has endured, would you not want them to know of a significant risk factor being supressed by the pc wardens of information? Why react against the truth? See for yourself:

  • Posted by: - Oct. 05, 2005 4:41 AM ET USA

    Only in America! I didn't realize there were enough Democrats in Denver to produce "a seemingly non-stop contingent of rabid pro-choice women". A few weeks ago CWN reported an incident occurring in an American Catholic diocese where a secretary in one of its diocesan offices was fired when it became known that she was pregnant and unmarried, What are the messages here? Compelled by the Holy Spirit we proclaim the truth then by our own incompetence we compel others to have to chose.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 05, 2005 2:21 AM ET USA

    Of course, the signs didn't say "Everyone with breast-cancer has had an abortion." And when people say that obesity is linked to heart attacks, they don't mean, "If you have a heart attack, you are obese."

  • Posted by: - Oct. 04, 2005 10:50 PM ET USA

    Of course abortion is not a factor in all cases of breast cancer. Neither are the other risk factors. But it seems to be a factor in some cases and yet, the Susan Komen Foundation (the Race for the Cure folks) gives money to Planned Parenthood. Kind of ironic, dontcha think? And that's the reason the Truth Truck was there--to draw attention to the fact that the organization the race supports gives money to the leading abortion org. in the country. No cure to be found there!

  • Posted by: - Oct. 04, 2005 8:19 PM ET USA

    For those of us who have had breast cancer, a sister die from that disease and a friend who has had breast cancer and a mother and two sister die from it, that sign is certainly an insult to us. Maybe abortion is a factor in some breast cancers but certainly not in all. I believe that the bus was a mistake and I probably would have been vocal in my protest if I had seen it.