PP on Komen Debacle: “A learning opportunity”

Charlotte Hays writes at the Register that the Komen decision was about a Planned Parenthood shakedown:

“What happened this week was nothing short of a mafia shakedown by Planned Parenthood of the Komen Foundation,” said Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, a New York and Washington, D.C.-based research association that works exclusively on international social policy. “Planned Parenthood’s message was: ‘Give us money or we will shut down your organization.’”

While the Komen announcement won the praise of Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards, who called the episode a “learning opportunity,” some observers have suggested that Komen’s latest statement is something less than a complete reversal.

I just need to stop right there. There’s more in the article, and by all means read it all, but let’s linger on that for a little bit. I want to think more about Cecile Richards’ comment, because it sort of sounds like she’s saying, “good girls, Komen, you’ve backed down; a little learning opportunity for you; try that again, and we’ll crush you…”

But obviously, she couldn’t have been saying that. Right?

I need context. Here’s ABC’s The Note:

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation apologized today for cutting off funding from Planned Parenthood and vowed to revise the policy that led to an intense backlash against the nation’s largest breast cancer organization.

“We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives,” president and founder Nancy Brinker said in a statement today. “We have been distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalize Planned Parenthood. They were not.
[…]
Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards, praised the move and the “outpouring of support” her organization has received since the news caught fire. She also dubbed it as a watershed moment and a “learning opportunity.”

“Bullying and trying to make political women’s access to health care is a losing political strategy,” Richards said in a conference call with reporters today, adding that she looks forward to resuming a partnership with the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Ohhhh…I see, I see. A huge, politically-connected non-profit bringing the full power of the press and the fury of Democrats in the Senate (and by extension the powers of the government) against another non-profit — one that simply doesn’t want to donate, anymore, to the first — delivers a “learning opportunity” to the smaller foundation.

And the lesson they deliver is this:

You’re bad bullies! You and all of your pro-life pals who are largely ignored by the powerful media and hated by the government (who loves us), you’re bullies. Hope you’ve learned your lesson, bullies.

Because the next time you try to step out of line, we’ll put you out like a cigarette stub beneath the soles of our designer shoes.”

By which they mean, “welcome to the jackboot.”

I see, I see…

Such interesting times in which we live. Why, over at the National Review, we read that Army Chaplains were Silenced Last Sunday; a member of the administration also “edited” a Bishop’s text.

The government shouldn’t be inserting themselves in Bishop’s texts, should they? That’s sort of…jackbooty…isn’t it?

As we head into the weekend, I offer a variety of reading material for your enjoyment, in no particular order:

Kathleen Parker: The Cost of Conscience; like grace, it’s not cheap.

African Genocide: Planned Parenthood to Ramp Up African Abortion Services by 82%. Margaret Sanger would be so pleased.

Get Religion: Pod People: Birth Control or Religious Liberty? and, on a completely different note: LA Times fails to draw religious blood. It’s a good thing.

USCCB: White House misrepresents it’s own mandate

The Pope: drinking beer; but it’s okay because he exorcises, too!

In Light of the Law: Evil’s Sense of Entitlement

Catholic Guilt: It’s a heavy grace

Nancy Pelosi: More cunning than she sounds. Giving the impression that the administration is doing something Catholics love.

Unemployment numbers: they confuse me

Crisis: Keepers of the Lost Ark

Summit Dominicans: A solemn profession

David Brooks: How to fight the man!

OSV: A Protestant woman makes peace with the Crucifix
Joanna Brooks: Mormon Numbers not adding up

Te-Deum: Bishop Slattery’s Wholesome Response
Voter Fraud: because it’s evil to ask for ID.

Inflammation Pain: Slow Carbs might help!

Mitt Romney: Obama v Religious Liberty.

A Vespers Homily: From Papa

Daniel Foster: You should find anti-Komen backlash disgusting even if you’re pro-choice

Daily Caller: Some “Fast and Furious” coverage. PP v Komen got more, of course.

WSJ: Being a Catholic priest, and married

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