The Church of Planned Parenthood

I’m a media critic who specializes in religion coverage. Over at GetReligion, we produce daily critiques of how well the mainstream media handle religion news. It’s been a weird couple of weeks. There was, for instance, the CBS slideshow of “March for Life activists” that somehow managed to avoid capturing a single picture of, well, a March for Life activist (despite their being, literally, hundreds of thousands of them). Instead, a doze…

  1. tabula rasa

    We live in a bi-polar America:  

    (1) those of us who embrace traditional American culture, who engage in traditional forms of worship, have a traditional view of marriage and life, who believe that America is a force for good in the world, and who believe the first amendment really means what it says;

    (2) those who find those of us in no. 1 as “quaint” but “old-fashioned’ (they’ve never grasped the connection between tradition and old-fashioned), who are largely secular, who believe in rule by the technocracy (the great unwashed being unable to tell that a cinnamon roll has sugar in it), and who, in the face of thousands of years of evidence to the contrary, believe that government can improve human nature.  The MSM is largely part of no. 2.

    I over-simplify, of course–there are many non-religious conservatives who embrace cultural traditions and fight for the constitution.  But you get my point.

  2. Henry Scanlon

     A few years ago I became aware of the Komen foundation’s support of Planned Parenthood.  I made casual inquiries over time at various Pink Ribbon events of folks as to whether they were aware of the relationship.  Almost none was.  Some were surprised but untroubled by the connection.  Others (many) were surprised and very troubled, taken aback, even.  That awareness paste is now out of the knowledge tube and it won’t be going back in.  Whichever course the Komen foundation takes at this point, whether to stand on principle and not be bullied, or to risk being viewed as a proxy effort for what many perceive to be a ferociously fraudulent abortion factory, one side or the other is likely to abandon them.  From here, I think, nothing will the same for the Pink Ribbon.

  3. Pseudodionysius

    Its a good thing we’re running a solid pro life ticket and we haven’t put religious first principles on the back burner to fight our monstrous debt. Right. Right?

  4. flownover

    This only one branch of a much larger church. The church of liberalism, defenders of the faithless.

    Looks like Komen pulls out of other organizations without the clout to herd them back in after their spanking.

    Penn State to be exact.

    Now,let’s take another look at the Girl Scouts while we’re here.

    Well, not really, there are lots of stories about them anyway.This flash of light onto a dark corner of Planned Parenthood can only serve to uncover a list of “offending parties”. In the end, let Soros et al do the funding. Komen saw a big bump post delinking and now they have to see the backlash of their relinking. I can see a little blood dripping off a pink ribbon as we speak….

    Let’s use these tactical surrenders to our advantage.

  5. robberberen

    I’m really distraught about this.  I donated $50 to Komen after their original decision.  Now I know that part of my donation will go to support what I consider to be genocide.  From now on my money stays with me, where I know it won’t be used to do evil.

    Also, National Review needs to reassess their editorial.

  6. Guruforhire

     I hope all the people who donated to Komen are calling their credit card companies to cancel payment.

  7. Western Chauvinist

    I hope Komen has made provisions to return contributions they’ve received from pro-lifers the last few days. From the Komen letter, “That is what is right and fair.”

  8. James Lileks
    C

    A sure way to get a laugh out of the smart people in college was to say “if men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.” Hah! So true. 

    If someone said that to me now, I’d say “you mean it isn’t already?”

  9. C. U. Douglas

    They are Pro-Choice, as long as they approve of the choice we make.

  10. Mel Foil

    If you have the time, I recommend watching Rabbi Daniel Lapin and Glenn Beck discuss Baal, past and present. (Five video clips) Lapin describes a spiritual gravity at work, so that if you’re not making some effort to climb up toward God, you’ll be sliding down into depravity. Lately, Americans have stopped their climbing, and they’re letting that spiritual gravity drag them down into the swamp. Just watch what’s on TV to see that process at work. Lapin says Baal is alive and well, represented today by the Secular Fundamentalists that seek to drive all traces of the Biblical God out of our culture. Their “sacraments” revolve around the material and the physical, because that’s all they recognize, or hold dear.

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/beck-rabbi-lapin-tackle-baal-the-rise-of-secular-fundamentalism-on-gbtv/

  11. Susan in Seattle

    After years of withholding contributions to the Komen Foundation due to their affiliation with Planned Parenthood, I was preparing to send them a donation today.  With this latest news, that donation will go to my church instead.

  12. Mollie Hemingway
    C
    Guruforhire:  I hope all the people who donated to Komen are calling their credit card companies to cancel payment. · 11 minutes ago

    I did, but the payment had already gone through. She told me I was her third call (and I called the moment I heard).

    I did have a very nice chat (really) with a women at Komen. She actually knew my friend who got my contribution for his 3-day walk. She was wonderful and nice (and it probably helps that I was respectful) and she said I should expect a refund within one week.

  13. Misthiocracy

    Post deleted by me because the topic had already been covered.

  14. Guruforhire
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.

    Guruforhire:  I hope all the people who donated to Komen are calling their credit card companies to cancel payment. · 11 minutes ago

    I did, but the payment had already gone through. She told me I was her third call (and I called the moment I heard).

    I did have a very nice chat (really) with a women at Komen. She actually knew my friend who got my contribution for his 3-day walk. She was wonderful and nice (and it probably helps that I was respectful) and she said I should expect a refund within one week. · 1 minute ago

    This has got to be a bad day for everybody there.  I feel bad for them.

  15. Illiniguy

    Komen made a big mistake by sticking its head up and making an issue out of this. I’d suspect it’s going to hurt them. The thing that really sticks in the craw is that they apologized for having pulled their funding in the first place. That shows a total lack of principle. When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.

  16. It

    At first I questioned your claim that Planned Parenthood doesn’t do mammograms, so I did some checking. The reporting on this is wildly misleading and it appears to be intentional.  I’m finding many stories today that imply that the Komen dollars fund mammograms, but I random search of Planned Parenthood offices shows that they only offer referrals.  You see mammograms on the list of services, but if you dig into it you see they just do screenings and referrals.  MSNBC’s story quotes a Komen supporter claiming their donations go to Planned Parenthood for mammograms but MSNBC does not refute this incorrect claim.  

    How does tagging funding for screenings do anything but increase funding for the whole operation? One assumes the medical personnel on staff are a sunk cost and sufficiently trained on breast exams. We all know the funds are comingled so how do Komen supporters just ignore that unless they are also Planned Parenthood supporters.  Heck my junior high health class provided education on self examination.  The religious dedication to Planned Parenthood is a little creepy. We can see a little fascism here (sorry Jonah Goldberg) in the backlash against Komen enforcing their stated policy.

  17. The King Prawn
    It’s A Gas: How does tagging funding for screenings do anything but increase funding for the whole operation? One assumes the medical personnel on staff are a sunk cost and sufficiently trained on breast exams. 

    “I don’t feel any lumps,” CHA-CHING! “so let’s get that baby cut out of you now.”

  18. Illiniguy
    The King Prawn

    “I don’t feel any lumps,” CHA-CHING! “so let’s get that baby cut out of you now.” · 2 minutes ago

    Cynic

  19. Noesis Noeseos
    etoiledunord: If you have the time, I recommend watching Rabbi Daniel Lapin and Glenn Beck discuss Baal, past and present…

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/beck-rabbi-lapin-tackle-baal-the-rise-of-secular-fundamentalism-on-gbtv/ · 32 minutes ago

    I don’t know whether there might yet be anybody stoking fires up temple steps and shrieking “Baal,” but there’s a sizable group in the land who are flirting just one step away from ritual sacrifice of the first-born.

    Then, of course, the are the worshipers of Baal Pe’or.  They even have a yearly festival in San Francisco.  It’s called Up Your Alley*.  Need I say more?

    _______

    * If you don’t believe me, google zombie up your alley.  But be warned!  There are photographs of sights not seen in public since Old Testament times; Gustav Dore’s depiction of the Circle of Sodomites is tame by comparison.  You will not want to let the children view them.  Far better you should take my word.

  20. Leebo
    Guruforhire:  I hope all the people who donated to Komen are calling their credit card companies to cancel payment. · 58 minutes ago

    This may not be necessary, I think it is at least possible that Komen is doing this to get out from under this initial onslaught.  They are getting plenty of headlines(concerning aplologies) that should get the media off their backs, but are they really reversing themselves?  Lets wait and see.  Please read link.

    http://www.lifenews.com/2012/02/03/komen-may-continue-to-fund-some-planned-parenthood-grants/

    and another

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/komen-revises-funding-policy/2012/02/03/gIQAVRa3mQ_story.html?hpid=z1

    I ask you, what do you think the good folks at Komen think of Planned Parenthood today?  

     

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