Dr. Alan Keyes Going to Notre Dame to be Arrested: Calls on Pro-Lifers Nationwide to Join Him [UPDATED]
Idiotic posturing that is SURE to set back the pro-life cause:
... I will go to South Bend. I will step foot on the Notre Dame campus to lift up the standard that protects the life of the innocent children of this and every generation. I will do it all day and every day from now until the Master comes if need be, though it mean I shall be housed every day in the prison house of lies and injustice that Obama, Jenkins and their minions now mean to construct for those who will never be still and silent in the face of their mockery of God and justice, their celebration of evil.While they're at it, perhaps Amb. Keyes and Randall Terry might want to lead their group of "martyrs" to raid the arsenal at Harper's Ferry.
If this be trespass, then forgive us our trespasses and join us in trespassing until the South Bend jail is filled to overflowing with witnesses to truth; filled beyond capacity; filled until we break the most onerous shackles of all- the ones that bind the heart and mind to evil and our nation to the path of its destruction.
As I noted the other day at The American Catholic:
I have to say that I’m uncomfortable with outside agitators like Randall Terry having a presence in South Bend on graduation day. Better to leave the protests on that day to folks actually associated with Notre Dame... By “folks actually associated with Notre Dame”, I’m referring, of course, to the faculty, students, and alumni who have spoken out against Obama’s being honored. They carry much more moral authority on the matter than publicity seeking outsiders like Terry (who was recently admonished by Abp. Burke for his grandstanding, by the way).
And I agree with M.Z. on the willingness of pro-lifers to be identified with the more extreme elements of our cause. To draw a historical analogy, John Brown probably did the Abolitionist cause more harm than good.
UPDATE (8 May)
In my opinion, this sort of activity isn't helpful, either.
The 70+ Bishops who have rightly and bravely spoken out against Notre Dame's decision to honor the President must be horrified to see the moral high ground they have staked out ceded by some of their pro-life "allies" who seem more interested in self-aggrandizing publicity stunts.