Anti-choice activism on the public dime?

Were those hundreds of Catholic school kids that were bussed in to Fetustock to swell the ranks and smile for the cameras done so on the taxpayers’ dime?

This is out of control.   It’s bad enough that they get any public funding at all, but using it to send students on political lobbying expeditions is beyond the pale.  Serious people need to inform the Ontario Catholic School Board in no uncertain terms that publicly-funded schools aren’t supposed to use those funds for political activism.

If the students are that committed to the cause, they’ll find a way to get there.  Young people by the thousand made their way to anti-prorogation protests last winter… on their own dime and their own time.

15 Responses to “Anti-choice activism on the public dime?”


  1. 1 Jymn Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 12:26 am

    To all those who doubt Marci McDonald, the reality is impossible to deny. Facts have a liberal bias.

  2. 2 Calgal Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 7:27 am

    This was in the planning for a long time as evidenced by this article below.

    http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/mar/10030303.html

    I’ve heard in the past that schools have given their students credits for attending pro-life events. I wonder if that happened here to sweeten the pot for those not sufficiently enticed by an afternoon away from the classroom.

  3. 3 JJ Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Jymn – I haven’t read the book yet, but I expect to see a lot of the same stuff that’s long been documented by progressive religious bloggers like Bene D. It should be interesting to see how many dots are connected, and how bad it really is.

  4. 4 The Arbourist Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 9:13 am

    I think they should also sponsor trips to Nicaragua where there is no reproductive freedom. Perhaps there they can truly appreciate life and how wonderful women have it down there. Volunteers? Anyone?

    The silence you hear is the same one witnessed when libertarians are asked to go settle in Somalia or Sudan where there is little to no big “guv’ment” to ruin their lives.

    The vacuously ignorant annoy me.

  5. 5 JJ Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 9:20 am

    CAlgal – 20,000 — well so much for that :lol: They supposedly got 12,000, which is about what they say they got last year… they’ve finally topped out, I guess.

    I know this plan to bus in school kids was a long time in the making, they do it every year and that’s okay, they need to get as many people to this thing as they can. But until now, I didn’t realize Catholic schools enjoyed the largesse of the taxpaying public. That’s not okay. Being publically-funded means they can’t take kids out of class for a day to go to a political protest… a museum, sure, the science center, no problem, but not a political event.

    If they plan on continuing to do this, they need to get their funding pulled.

  6. 6 JJ Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Arbourist – All things being equal, a trip to Nicaragua to see the other side of the story sounds about right to me. But I care about womens’ lives… they do not.

    BTW, most libertarian-leaning folks would probably agree that the state has some role to play — we need someone to build bridges and keep infrastructure intact, after all ;) — but not in conducting our personal lives, and definitely not in using our money to fund religious schools (especially when said schools are using that money to push students into the forefront of what is considered to be a public policy debate).

  7. 7 The Arbourist Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Arbourist – All things being equal, a trip to Nicaragua to see the other side of the story sounds about right to me. But I care about womens’ lives… they do not.

    As do I. The apparent inability to perceive women as significant in the birth equation is the cause of much vexation.

    BTW, most libertarian-leaning folks would probably agree that the state has some role to play — we need someone to build bridges and keep infrastructure intact, after all ;) — but not in conducting our personal lives […]

    Absolutely. Moderate libertarians are some of the people I have had wonderful discussions with. Many of the libertarians though are not moderate and advocate a much more radical program for state and society. The libertarians I encounter often mix their particular idealogical bent with objectivism, and that mix by most accounts, is recipe for a thoroughly autocratic corporatist society.

    I fear I might be a little hard of libertarians, but the freedom and control they preach for the individual, when applied on a large scale, often seems to end up with robber barons being in control of society and then everyone loses because of the lack of a government counter-weight to assuage excesses of capitalism.

    especially when said schools are using that [public]money to push students into the forefront of what is considered to be a public policy debate).

    Rather horrendous. Can you imagine if the LGBTQ Alliance decided to conduct a rally using similar methods?

    I think we would run out of fainting couches.

  8. 8 deBeauxOs Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Bene Diction, in spite of his even-handed, fair-minded approach to blogging about religious and political issues, is not well regarded by fundamentalist, evangelist and/or dominionist christians.

    In the comments that followed this post,

    http://www.benedictionblogson.com/2010/03/10/buddy-can-you-spare-a-charity-4mycanada-wants-to-borrow-one/

    Faytene Krystkow said: “I don’t actually frequent your site because of how many good people you continuously slander on it …”

  9. 9 J. A. Baker Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    The libertarians I encounter often mix their particular idealogical bent with objectivism, and that mix by most accounts, is recipe for a thoroughly autocratic corporatist society.

    Agreed. I have no problem with genuine libertarians (with the exception of abortion, my last boss was one and we got along just fine), even if I disagree with their economic philosophy. At least they’re consistent. It’s these glibertarians that I can’t stand. Sadly, the glibertarians seem to comprise the bulk of the libertarian punditry in America, if not all of Western civilization.

  10. 10 JJ Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    deBeauxOs

    Bene Diction, in spite of his even-handed, fair-minded approach to blogging about religious and political issues, is not well regarded by fundamentalist, evangelist and/or dominionist christians.

    Of course not — he’s sane. And honest, non-authoritarian, non-judgmental and hmmm maybe even like someone who follows the actual teachings of Jesus? (As I remember them, anyway)

    Bene was also called out by our favourite fetus fetishist recently — she called him and Rick Hiebert “useful idiots”, because apparently non-religious progressives will use and abuse religious progressives for our own foul purposes, and not respect them in the morning. Or even give them cab fare.

    Isn’t it funny how all authoritarians love the expression “useful idiots”?

  11. 11 J. A. Baker Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Bene was also called out by our favourite fetus fetishist recently — she called him and Rick Hiebert “useful idiots”, because apparently non-religious progressives will use and abuse religious progressives for our own foul purposes, and not respect them in the morning. Or even give them cab fare.

    Funny you should mention that, JJ…

  12. 12 JJ Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 11:05 am

    JAB – It’s the same all over…

  13. 13 JJ Monday, May 17, 2010 at 11:00 am

    The Arbourist

    The libertarians I encounter often mix their particular idealogical bent with objectivism, and that mix by most accounts, is recipe for a thoroughly autocratic corporatist society.

    And a corrupt one as well. I have no problem with making money within a capitalist system where one works, takes chances, wins or loses — in fact, I like it that way :) — but I do have a problem with the system being rigged so certain people can loot and plunder it at the expense of others. ie. What Goldman Sachs was “allegedly” doing is not capitalism, IMO – it’s straight-up theft. So clearly there was a role for the state to play there in regulating trading to control the greed heads to some extent. I rarely advocate for government intervention into anything, but that’s one of a few situations where I think it’s acceptable.


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