Thursday, March 11, 2010

National Organization for Women: Bart Stupak is "Un-American"

From the Catholic League:
March 11, 2010


Mary Pollock, legislative vice president of the Michigan chapter of the National Organization for Women, yesterday accused Rep. Bart Stupak, a Catholic, of imposing his religious beliefs on the nation. “It is outrageous and un-American,” Pollock said of the pro-life congressman.

Commenting on this remark is Bill Donohue of the Catholic League:

Smear words have been used against virtually every religious, racial and ethnic group in American history. Fortunately, they are rarely voiced anymore. Unfortunately, it is still fair game in many quarters to indict Roman Catholics. One of the most vile canards ever invoked against Catholics is the rap that they are “un-American.” This bigoted slur has its origins in the early part of the 19th century. It is more than disconcerting—it is disgusting—that it is still being made against Catholics in 2010. That it should come from the mouth of a radical feminist activist is not wholly surprising, but it is reprehensible nonetheless.

As the clock winds down on the health care bill, anti-Catholicism is raising its ugly head with greater frequency. It is time for men and women of goodwill from all faith backgrounds, and on both sides of the abortion issue, to unequivocally denounce these bigoted expressions. What Mary Pollock said should be condemned by everyone.

Contact the Michigan president of NOW, Renee Beeker: Presidentminow@aol.com
(emphasis added)

My Comments:
It seems that Mark Stricherz was mistaken in his recent assertion that "you can't hate Bart Stupak", even if you disagree with him.

If you're a radical feminist hell-bent (literally) on providing federal funding for abortion-on-demand, apparently you can.


UPDATE
Here's the story to which the Catholic League is referring:
Lawmaker's Clash With Fellow Democrats Nothing New

... Anti-abortion allies such as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops want Stupak, a devout Roman Catholic, to dig in.

He insists he favors overhauling the nation's health care system, even describing it as a "pro-life" cause, and says a deal with House Democratic leaders is within reach.

"But you don't start compromising your values and principles based on some historical purpose, so 20 years from now people will look back and say, 'Wasn't that a sign of courage?'" he said. "They'll also say, 'Yeah, where were his principles and beliefs?' I think that lasts longer. When I leave Congress, I'm still going to have my integrity in place."

Connie Saltonstall, a former Charlevoix County commissioner who announced Tuesday she would oppose Stupak for the Democratic nomination, said his priorities were upside down.

"I believe that he has a right to his personal, religious views," said Saltonstall, 64. "But to deprive his constituents of needed health care reform because of those views is reprehensible."


[...]

Critics accuse him of imposing his religious beliefs on the nation. "It is outrageous and un-American," said Mary Pollock of the National Organization for Women's Michigan chapter.

[...]

"People say I'm doing this for the Catholic bishops; they have nothing to do with it. I've always been pro-life. If anything, I've been consistent."
(emphasis added)

Got that, mackerel snappers? Leave your values at the statehouse door.


Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Mark Stricherz: "You Can’t Hate Bart Stupak"

Hoyer: Dems Could Create Abortion Bill - TO BE VOTED ON SEPARATELY - to Satisfy Stupak

Aborting the Stupak-Less Senate Health Care Bill

U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference Contradicts Pelosi's Claim That Senate Health Bill Doesn't Fund Abortion

Patrick Archbold on "The Great Pro-Life Outing"

Bart Stupak: Senate Health Care Bill Dead on Arrival in House

Steve Dillard on Bart Stupak: "Pro-Life Warrior"

To Bart Stupak, On the Eve of Battle

Democrats Reveal Priorities: Universal Abortion Trumps Universal Health Coverage

Health Care, Politicians and the Catholic Conscience

Feel Free to Oppose Health Care Reform in Good Conscience ...

White House at Odds with Bishops Over Abortion Coverage in Reid "Health Care" Bill

"Pro-Life" Harry Reid Strips Stupak Language from Senate ObamaCare Bill

Epic Fail: Legal Hack Toobin Relies on Falsified Source for Abortion "History" in Article Against Stupak Amendment

Stupak Warns Democrats Not to Mess with Anti-Abortion Health Care Language

Because Blaming the Minority Opposition Party is Easier Than Owning Up to Having Aligned Yourself With a Party For Whom Abortion is a Sacrament

A Big Pro Ecclesia Thank You ...

Stupak Still Fighting Good Fight: Says He Has 40 Democrat Votes to Stop Health Care Reform Over Abortion Coverage; Says President Being Disingenuous

House Democrats Block Vote to Cut Abortion From Health Care Bill

Michael Sean Winters: "Deceitful Bogeyman" of the Catholic Left

Catholic Bishops: All Current Health Care Bills in Congress Would Permit Federal Funding of Abortion

Catholic Senators are Decisive Factor in Defeating Abortion Funding Ban and Conscience Protection in Health Care Bill

Can Stupak Be Counted Upon to Stand Firm on Abortion? Probably Not

Congressman Bart Stupak, Democrat, Defending the Right to Life in Heath Care

Pro-Life Catholic Dem: "We Believe We Have the Votes" to Shut Down Healthcare Over Abortion

Obama Won't Meet With Pro-Life Democrat to Discuss Abortion, Health Care

Pro-Life Catholic Dem: Prevent Abortion Funding, Or I'll Block Healthcare

House Democrats Will Likely Prevent Vote to Remove Abortion From Health Care

Deal Hudson: "Why Catholics Will Not Get Abortion Out of the Health Care Bill" [UPDATED]

LA Times: Next Hurdle in Healthcare "Debate" is Abortion

Congressman Smith Warns Against Phony ‘Compromise’ on Abortion Mandates in ObamaCare

Dem Says Language Expressly Prohibiting Abortion Funding a Must in Health Care Bill [UPDATED]

Pelosi Accused of Muzzling Opposition to Taxpayer-Funded D.C. Abortions

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