So if anti-choice protesters don't infuriate you, you haven't been paying enough attention. What rite does ANYONE have to say what another person does to his or her own body, for any reason? If this question is causing you a bit of a moral dilemma, let me help you: The answer is no. You don't. Your imaginary flying, floating, fanciful deity doesn't either. That's right! Believe it or not, in America, unless your god votes, he doesn't count!
So here's my point, silly protesters: Get a job. Or go to school. Shouldn't you be trying to feed your hordes of offspring? And should they not, in point of fact, be in school, or at least not learning to be more hateful little blighters? Nobody is breaking your leg, or stealing your pork rinds, so get away.
Go vote on something. I really don't like what you have to say on the matter, but I definitely support your right to say it. Go vote, because sitting in front of an abortion clinic is only gonna get you stepped around." [9-28-07, from "Anonymous"]
Anonymous, anonymous, yet another notorious anonymous ... First, let me address your workless assertions. Besides being the author of Champions of Faith and the faithful blog you somehow found, I also work two jobs and average about 60 hours of work a week between them. I assure you that your stereotypical assumptions are dead wrong, for except for the retirees and kids, the typical pro-life protester has a profile not unlike myself. I graduated from the University of Notre Dame, and although you might not like what it stands for either, you have to admit it's one of the top academic universities in the country. Politically, your prognosis has "left" much to be desired. I, as almost all pro-lifers, voted Republican last election, for although I have sympathy for the poor and did not favor our warring with Iraq, the pro-life stand is one thing Bush stood strong for, and this is the one issue I (we) found non-negotiable. Finally, as far as time is concerned, you somehow found enough to make nearly a dozen disingenuous, if disjointed points—but apparently not enough time to check your spelling. Correcting your spelling mistakes before submitting your paper is one of the most important grammar lessons you should have learned in a (good) middle school. Am I "rite"?
And thus, Anonymous, you ironically, if blindly, have set yourself down the right path. From your writings, you don't seem to realize that the Roman Catholic Rite of Christianity not only totally agrees with your assertion that a woman has a right to her own body, but has defended it throughout its history. What we don't agree with is that she has a right to destroy someone else's body, in this case her own baby's. Killing a defenseless human being cannot, in a civilized society, be defined as a right. Rather, it is more truthfully defined as a hate, a crime you claim to totally detest.
Indeed, despite what you write, Anonymous, our God is not a flighty figure of the imagination, but the Word made Flesh who came to earth as a man to prove not only His might, but His mercy. To comprehend a God who became man to show His love for mankind is indeed difficult, but it is definitely possible for those who come to know the definition of the words obedience, humility and sacrifice.
To raise children is one way to learn the meaning of these words, and although we were not blessed with the 37 you mention, you still imply the 4 we have is far too many. Well, tell me, Anonymous, which one of our children would you get rid of? Our eldest, John, a film and media student, who financed his own fine arts college education by working 12-hour days caddying in the 90 degree heat? Our second son, Gary, who is serving our country honorably in the United States Navy? Our third son, Patrick, an honor student who earned a full scholarship in the prestigious engineering department at the University of Illinois? Perhaps our last child (and only daughter), Therese. If so, you would be in agreement with several doctors, who, due to my wife's difficult pregnancy (and the possibility that these illnesses would leave Therese "retarded"), urged us to abort. But now, at nearly 17, she is not only an "A" student (and stellar speller), but an articulate youth even more profoundly pro-life than her prolific father. Obviously you would disagree with her stance also ... but you wouldn't kill her ... would you? For only a soul consumed by hate could look into her beautiful yet determined eyes and do that. That is why Planned Parenthood does not like—okay, hates—the pictures of aborted babies that pro-life protesters sometimes carry. The posters put a face on the babies, and then the murder is no longer anonymous.
And so, Anonymous, like so many others, indeed like Planned Parenthood itself (who withheld its name from the would-be abortion clinic until the citizens of Aurora uncovered the truth), you hurl your pseudo-accusations while remaining nameless. My sons and daughter often ponder why, if you, Planned Parenthood and the many other anonymous pro-choice bloggers are so proud of their opinions, why they do not have the courage to identify themselves?
In your case, only you can answer that question, but I do not think it a coincidence that you found our site, or doubt that the prayers of our not-anonymous-readers can yet get you back on the right track. I know you wouldn't want to kill my daughter now, but even if those more radical members of Planned Parenthood tried, Therese would surely fight back. And that is precisely why Fighting Irish Thomas fights for the unborn, because they are unable to fight for themselves. So come out of the dark and into the light. Do not cling to death, but instead join the fight—for life.
God's grace and Mary's prayers,