Gloria Steinem on Receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom:

“I Hope this is Retroactive in Honoring the Work of Margaret Sanger”

You know, that noble paladin of freedom who spent years warning against the growth of “human weeds,” who, speaking to Ku Klux Klan rallies, opined that the “aboriginal Australian” was “the lowest known species of the human family, just a step higher than the chimpanzee in brain development,” and who warned the New York legislature that

The Jewish people and Italian families who are filling the insane asylums, who are filling our feeble-minded institutions, these are the ones the tax payers have to pay for the upkeep of, and they are increasing the budget of the State, the enormous expense of the State is increasing because of the multiplication of the unfit in this country and in the State.

Also, as the champion of freedom, Margaret Sanger dreamed of establishing a vast American concentration camp for “morons, mental defectives, epileptics . . . illiterates, paupers, unemployables, criminals, prostitutes, [and] dope-fiends.” In all, she wanted to imprison forcibly about one-seventh of the entire American population. Needless to say, she was an enthusiastic supporter of the pioneering eugenics done by doctors of the Third Reich. A decade before the dawn of the Third Reich, her Birth Control Review ran a motto in its December 1921 issue that summed up a philosophy destined to be warmly received by her colleagues in Hitler’s scientific elite: “Birth Control: To Create a Race of Thoroughbreds!”

The Medal of Freedom means as much as the Nobel Peace Prize.

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  • Ez

    Margaret Sanger- truly the scum of the earth. In her words, she IS the bottom of the barrel. Gloria Steinem is not far off.

    Perhaps those with half a brain should boycott movies like American Hustle, Batman etc…that star her stepson – Christian Bale. People like this use up too much airtime.

    • TheRealAaron

      Let’s not be too hard on Christian Bale. I don’t know his view exactly, but he did try to meet with (and was beaten up by security in the process) an Chinese activist who protests the One Child Policy.

      • Dave P.

        Bale was an adult when his father and Steinem married. We can’t judge him by what other people did.

    • Dave G.

      Does Bale continue to support her work? And even so ban movies starring people who oppose Church teaching? That leaves few options.

      • Noah Doyle

        Starring people related to people who oppose Church teaching!


    • Tom

      Step 1: Boycott movies with Christian Bale
      Step 2: ???
      Step 3: PROFIT

    • Noah Doyle

      How is that going to help? We should boycott things because the people involved in them are relatives of people with odious views? With that standard, how are you capable of buying anything?

    • tteague

      I agree about Sanger. Her only “good” quality seems to have been providing very quotable quotes that perfectly express her disgusting views. And yet… Christ died for her as He did even for me.

      as for… Christian Bale, he is in at least three Terrence Malick films (two still in production), and I certainly will not be boycotting Malick anytime soon.

  • Steve

    I think the entire Christian life comes down to one question: What is freedom?

    If your definition of freedom is: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Then you will view the choice of this medal in one way.

    If your definition of freedom is: “You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God,knowing good and evil.” Then it makes total sense.

  • Ez

    He doesn’t have to meet with any Chinese political activist- all he needs to do it shove a shoe in his stepmoms mouth. That will suffice.

    Silence makes you guilty by association.

    Whatever, boycotting doesn’t do much.

    Steinem disgusts me to the core- she arrogantly stated that she felt no regret, or shame for the child she aborted in her 20’s. Even boldly claiming that thinking about how old the child would be now, doesnt give her an ounce of sadness. I don’t believe that one bit.