Thursday, May 07, 2009

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.

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.
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.

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.

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At 5/07/2009 3:04 PM, Anonymous paul zummo said...

Keyes manages to get nuttier by the year. Of course I had the privilege of seeing Keyes handcuffed and thrown into a police cruiser back in 1996 when he wasn't allowed to participate in a GOP primary debate in Atlanta. I was a Keyes supporter then and thought it was a righteous action. Since then I've grown up. Evidently Dr. Keyes has not.

At 5/07/2009 4:30 PM, Anonymous Donald R. McClarey said...

I had to suffer through the senate race of Keyes against Obama here in Illinois in 2004. I was one of the 27% of voters who voted for Keyes and I was convinced he was a full-fledged loon by the end of the race. The man is all about self-promotion. He can give a good speech and that is absolutely all he can do in a positive way for any cause he supports.

At 5/07/2009 9:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Instant lack of credibility - just add Keyes.

He is not helping.

At 5/08/2009 8:54 AM, Blogger John Henry said...

I attended a rally of his back in 2000. His advance person complained before his speech about the lack of media coverage the campaign was receiving. 15 minutes into his speech, about the time when he said his first act as President would be to order the national guard to block the entrance to all abortion providers, I was suddenly glad rather than concerned about the lack of coverage. I can not imagine what good he thinks will come of getting arrested at Notre Dame.

At 5/08/2009 9:17 AM, Blogger DP said...

His transition into performance artist is complete.


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