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“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

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10 responses to “Catholic Church Avoids Domin Ave., KKK Issue”

  1. DogDiesel

    So now you want the Catholic Church involved in government decisions? You’re sending out mixed messages here.

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    1. Walt48

      “So now you want the Catholic Church involved in government decisions? You’re sending out mixed messages here.”

      Oh, so it’s okay for the Church to get involved in all the other government issues except this one? Really?

      Frankly I think the Church should say what it wants on any issue and also lose it tax exempt status. It should have lost it a long time ago.

      The idea that the Catholic Church is a consistent moral compass on issues has long since left the world of reality and is now resides squarely in the world of wishful thinking.

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  2. DogDiesel

    “Frankly I think the Church should say what it wants on any issue and also lose it tax exempt status.”
    You’d be opening a can of worms if that ever happened. Think of all the other  tax exempt organizations that would be crushed. I am not Catholic nor religious but I don’t see the church as any different than any other organization pulling strings and there are plenty of them.

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  3. Portsmouth Citizen

    There’s no money in it for the Church. Abortion, marriage equality, these are state-wide issues that inflame passions in the flock and boost church coffers. How many congregants are going to be moved to fork over cash to advocate re-naming a street in Smithfield. 
    If Bishop Tobin doesn’t see any money in it, he’s not going to touch the issue. In my observation, money (or power) is the only thing that motivates Tobin.

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  4. Kara D. Russo Young

    Steve – Considering how vocal you are on so many issues, why don’t you publicly weigh in on on the documented fact that Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was a well known racist and eugenicist who spoke at a KKK rally? (There are even pictures documenting Margaret Sanger there.) If you have spoken out about this, then I apologize! To see more on Margaret Sanger racists eugenicist practices please watch this documentary, from 1:30 in the video on:

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  5. Kara D. Russo Young

    This video, from around 7:00 in the video on, gives more great information on the eugenics agenda and racism of Planned Parenthood and Margaret Sanger,
    including Sanger and the KKK:

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  6. cailin rua

    @Kara D. Russo Young

    Naomi Rogers had a great deal to say about Margaret Sanger and eugenics at tonight’s Action Speaks:

    If you weren’t able be there you can download the whole discussion in ten days.  It was a very interesting presentation.  I forget the others mentioned along w/ Sanger but W. E. B. DuBois, according to Rogers, was among those who supported eugenics research at the time.  Rogers said the issue was complex.

    Eugenics is still a concern today.  See J. Michael Bailey and Aaron Greenberg’s paper on parental rights in relation to theoretically determining a fetus’s sexual orientation;  where they conclude that it would be morally acceptable to choose the sexual orientation of fetuses by aborting those determined to be predisposed toward homosexuality.

    Of course, Bailey, even though he understands implications which are not theoretical at all does not touch on the very real subject of fetuses who are found with genetic intersex variations – such variations as androgen insensitivity syndrome, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, gonadal dysgenesis, chromosomal variations, etc.  Many fetuses are screened for these variations and then the choice is made to abort, based on prejudice and bad advice – homophobia and transphobia.  Such practices will result in a decrease in biological diversity and could eventually make humans less adaptive as a species. Without Alan Turing we might have lost WWII, etc.

    Glad you brought Sanger up.  Eugenics is a very complex and interesting subject.  This thread seems to have gone off track, though.   

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  7. Sully

    I wonder if he would have had a better chance at getting a response if he contacted a church in Smithfield.

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