The Religion News Service has a story about the reception the Nuns On The Bus (who go ’round and ’round) encountered in Ohio. Not so friendly.
(RNS) The “Nuns on the Bus” have been a consistently popular and effective faith-based tool for religious progressives [Are we just supposed to accept that premise? I wonder how effective they have been. Doubt very much.] this campaign season, but on Monday a group of demonstrators apparently organized by a local Tea Party affiliate met the nuns at a stop in Marietta, Ohio, and provided a far different welcome than the sisters usually receive.
Holding placards with slogans like “Bums on the Bus” and “Romney-Ryan Yes, Fake Nuns No,” the protesters focused their fire on the abortion issue, accusing the sisters of not being sufficiently anti-abortion. [If the sensible shoe fits….]
Someone claiming [?] to be a member of the local “We the People” chapter — that is the name used by some Tea Party affiliates in the region — posted a YouTube video of the counter-demonstrators taken before the half dozen nuns and some 100 supporters arrived. It says there were more than 175 marchers opposing the nuns and it shows the demonstrators praying the rosary and singing hymns before challenging the sisters.
“What could be more innocuous, unless of course the nuns happen to be a group of radical, feminist ideologues whose previous political actions have been so out of step with the teaching of the Catholic Church that they have been condemned by the Vatican,” the YouTube poster wrote in text accompanying the footage. [The Nuns On The Bus have not been “condemned by the Vatican”.]
The sisters reject that criticism, and one of the nuns on the bus, Sister Monica McGloin (in photo), on Monday told the protesters in Marietta that “we are 100 percent pro-life.” [Are they?]
“As many of your signs are showing, we believe life begins at conception and ends with natural death,” McGloin said in remarks that were transcribed by Faith in Public Life, a liberal advocacy group that has provided media support for the sisters.
[Here it is…] “And that we do not see focusing on one issue, one point of life, as a way that we should proceed. [This is the Bernardin/Cuomo gambit. You can side-line THE social justice issue in favor of a raft of other issues.] And that pro-life for us means that we do concern ourselves with living wage, just wage, access to healthcare, education, food, housing, care for our seniors, Medicare and other kinds of healthcare programs that are supportive. Providing daycare for children so their parents can work…” [The unborn can, apparently, fend for themselves.]
“So we know from talking with people that what the people want is to continue to support the services that are helping us remain healthy, wholesome communities. So that’s what pro-life is.” [Sorry, Sister. That’s not enough.]
Read the rest there.