on the verge of panic

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 28, 2006

The Supreme Court today ruled that federal extortion and racketeering laws cannot be used to ban demonstrations at abortion clinics. It was an 8-0 decision, in which Justice Alito did not participate. As if in anticipation of the ruling, U.S.A Today ran a breathlessly alarmist editorial yesterday pleading for the defense of Roe:

The stakes extend far beyond abortion. The notion of a constitutional right to privacy is also the barrier that prevents government meddling in other areas where sex intersects with religious belief. Before that doctrine was established, states commonly dictated what forms of sex are acceptable, even between consenting adults, and criminalized the sale or use of contraception. Unless checked, the process South Dakota is starting could lead to the most draconian rollback of personal liberties in U.S. history.

Meddling. Dictated. Draconian. How's that for objective, well-chosen language? Even the bogey of criminalized contraception makes an appearance. They're obviously running scared, and you have to wonder how long it'll be before they run Thomas Nast's famous anti-Catholic caricature (1869) of the Invasion of the Bishop-Gators -- with the Vatican, of course, ominously in the background.


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  • Posted by: - Mar. 06, 2006 12:24 PM ET USA

    I think Joan Venocchi must have written this one, too. Remind me again, though: why do we care what the Joan Venocchis, uh, think?

  • Posted by: sparch - Mar. 02, 2006 9:55 AM ET USA

    Then use of RICO to stop demonstrations at abortion clinics stomps of the guarenteed rights of fredom of assembly and freedom of speech. To allow the use of this law in this way would do more to harm our constitutional rights and privialges. But for abortion activists, they really don't care about the consequenses of there actions, no matter on what level they attack. Years of prayer are finally showing fruit. God is Good!

  • Posted by: - Mar. 01, 2006 6:44 PM ET USA

    To see a larger image of the cartoon, and read an explanation of the political context and what the cartoon means, see this web page: http://cartoons.osu.edu/nast/river_ganges.htm

  • Posted by: - Mar. 01, 2006 11:30 AM ET USA

    Mr. Nast's caricature is hilarious. I thought those gators were just strange looking until I realized they are bishops on all fours with miters lined with sharp teeth. The concept is obviously wrong ... but in certain specific cases I think it applies quite nicely. God gave us bishops to help us save our souls. The "office" is of divine origin. Unfortunately, some bishops are truly "wolves in sheep's clothing" ready, like gators, to destroy those who get too close!

  • Posted by: - Mar. 01, 2006 10:44 AM ET USA

    I WISH!! IM Teachable, I totally agree yet I believe Priests for Life, EWTN, and various other Right to Life organizations will weigh in much more strongly than the USCCB. From my experience, pro-life advocacy has come more from the grassroots level than from on high from bishops and ministers. Even so, we can pray that the scales fall from the collective eyes of the USCCB and they will join in reminding us all, as JPII did in Evangelium Vitae, to remember the unborn at the polls!

  • Posted by: - Feb. 28, 2006 11:08 PM ET USA

    To advance beyond RICO, to convert pro-choicers for ‘06 elections, appeal to the USCCB for their JUNE meeting to re-connect with 1974 NCCB days when Bishops TESTIFIED to Congress that VCII taught that abortion’s MORE than intrinsic evil, that it’s SUPREME disrespect to God. http://www.priestsforlife.org/magisterium/bishops/74-03-07ussctestimony.htm (pg.1) SUPREME disrespect needs its match: “Respect GOD” & “Respect GOD'S Rights”, not pliable “Respect LIFE”; they also pave way for canon 915.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 28, 2006 1:04 PM ET USA

    Perhaps that will put a nail in the coffin of the pro-aborts who dragged innocent pro-life people before the federal courts in their own attempts to extort money from them under RICO along with the sleaze of the legal profession who represented these contemporary brown shirts. I am sure that the self-described "progressive" forces, including many mainstream Christian groups will feel the breath of the avenging angel soon.