The same people who ruined things at Notre Dame are at it again. This is the latest that Randall Terry has been up to at a town hall meeting in Virginia:
While supporters dominated inside the auditorium, opponents made a splash outside the high school gymnasium with street theater.
The Moran town hall was the last stop on a 10-city tour for Randall Terry, the anti-abortion activist known for his extreme tactics.
Terry’s colleagues put on a skit with a man in an Obama mask pretending to whip a bloodied woman, who kept saying, “Massa, don’t hit me no more. I got the money to kill the babies.”
Terry himself dressed in a doctor’s lab coat and pretended to stab a woman in a gray wig.
“There’s no way to pay for this thing without killing granny,” Terry explained.
Nearby, two young men heckled supporters of the bill as they walked in. They waved signs, wearing large flags around their shoulders adorned by a large machine gun and the words, “Come and take it.”
Now I’m no opponent of putting on skits as a form of demonstration. A large part of my upbringing was spent doing just that outside of abortion clinics and conference centers. But form and content must match. This event shows the complete demise of American political discourse. Until people stop this “death panel” business,” they are simply lying to get attention and deliberately twisting truth.
Bishop D’Arcy made it clear that he did not want Terry’s shananigans at Notre Dame:
I released a statement on Good Friday, asking the Catholic people and others of good will not to attend demonstrations by those who had come avowedly to “create a circus.” I referred to appropriate and acceptable responses within the Notre Dame community led by students. Titled “ND Response,” and drawing a significant number of professors, these responses were marked by prayer and church teaching, and they were orderly.
We don’t need them here either.