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January 5, 2010

Slapping People Is Totally Pro-Life

We wrote about the American Family Association a bunch of times during the holidays, so today I realized that we've been neglecting the American Life League and decided to check in and see what's going on over there.

Today's post in ALL co-founder Judie Brown's Straight Talk On Life column is about Nancy Pelosi. It's pretty standard right-wing Pelosi-bashing - according to Brown, the Speaker of the House is "nothing more than an arrogant woman who chooses to flaunt her pro-abortion position while claiming she is a Catholic in good standing". Brown calls Pelosi "Granny Nancy" and says that her statements about the differences of opinion throughout church history on the question of when life begins are "literally akin to slapping Christ Himself in the face". (Melodramatic much?) But it was this gem at the end of the piece that really caught my eye:

It’s time to lay down the law in a way that Pelosi— and the American public—will understand. Pelosi needs to be publicly excommunicated with the unanimous agreement of the entire U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

This is why I believe the following tongue-in-cheek tale is so very appropriate. Oh, and in case I didn’t mention it, this bit of humor was sent to me by one of my favorite Catholic priests, who is extremely witty and quite joyful:

The pope and Nancy Pelosi are on stage in front of a huge crowd…

The pope leans towards Mrs. Pelosi and says, “Do you know that, with one little wave of my hand, I can make every person in this crowd go wild with joy? This joy will not be a momentary display, like that of your followers, but go deep into their hearts, and for the rest of their lives, whenever they speak of this day, they will rejoice!”

Pelosi replied, “I seriously doubt that; with one little wave of your hand? Show me.”

So the pope slapped her.

So symbolically slapping Christ by disagreeing with Judie Brown's interpretation of church history is bad, but fantasizing about watching Nancy Pelosi get slapped because of said disagreement is "very appropriate". Got it.

Surely nobody could be better at showing all of us what it really means to respect life than a person who would gleefully pass along a "joke" about a woman being assaulted by a man in front of a cheering crowd. (This joke is also pretty insulting to the pope, but I guess Judie Brown feels that she's an awesome enough Catholic to get away with it.) And of course it's well known how much Christ himself enjoyed a good joke about violence against women, right? Judie, you're an inspiration to us all.


Deb said...

Julie's a riot! You're right, a slam against the Pope, Pelosi, and devout Catholics in one fell swoop. I'm humbled before her wit.

EAMD said...

I really commend you for having the strength to read such a cesspool of foolishness in the first place. I try to stay away from as much of their nonsense as possible.

Batocchio said...

Good catch. According to several polls, over 90% of American Catholics also use birth control. Using Brown's logic, shouldn't they be excommunicated, too?

Tiger said...

I heard that joke with Sarah Palin used instead of Pelosi.

Jezebel said...

Tiger - In the Palin version of the joke, is it still the pope doing the slapping?

Anonymous said...

You speak as though you think only women shouldn't get slapped - surely violence against anybody is equally bad, no matter what their gender? I'm sure that joke would work just as 'well' if it was George W. Bush or Gordon Brown getting smacked.


What gives you the impression that we think only women shouldn't be slapped? We don't think jokes about violence against women are funny... that doesn't mean you should assume that we think jokes about violence against men are. The title says "Slapping People" not "Slapping Women".

We don't condone violence at all, but Judie's "joke" was specifically about a woman getting slapped by a man, which is why we framed our response to it the way that we did.