The Plattsburgh Press-Republican is reporting that Bishop Terry LaValley, head of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, is urging followers to use love and prayer and not “vitriolic language” to oppose abortion rights groups such as Planned Parenthood.
In the wake of the Tucson shooting, everyone is at least paying lip service to the idea of moderating the tone of these culture war debates.
But in comments over the weekend, the Bishop also accused Planned Parenthood and other pro-choice groups of being part of “a culture of death.” That’s pretty tough stuff.
Are those two rhetorical flourishes contradictory? Planned Parenthood seems to think so.
A spokeswoman argued that an anti-abortion march held over the weekend “increases the violent, ugly rhetoric around this issue because of the hateful signs.”
So what do you think? Is there a way Roman Catholic and other anti-abortion activists can get their message across without labeling their opponents as being part of a death culture?
Or is this simply blunt, honest language in a debate where people often talk in euphemisms?
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