Catholic Church parking lots Sunday
"National Get Kicked Out of Church Parking Lot Weekend"
Tuesday October 28, 2008
Catholics should guard their windshields this coming weekend.
Priests for Life held a national conference call on Oct. 27th (posted on their website) where they spoke to volunteers who they had been recruited to flyer Catholic church parking lots with anti-Obama abortion flyers.
On the call they told activists to connect with various state-level groups that could provide them with flyers and lit at the local level.
When I first saw this I was stuck with the brazen approach with which they instructed their volunteers. They jokingly called the initiative "National Get Kicked Out of Church Parking Lot Weekend."
First they let volunteers know that they could be asked to leave the church parking lot as they left flyers, as it would be considered trespassing. They said that if the parish Priest asks them to leave, they should move to the public sidewalk where the could continue to flyer the parishioners.
Finally, they said in the case that the Pastor continues to ask the volunteers to leave, that they should not be concerned, because by the time law enforcement was to arrive, they would have already distributed the lit they came to deliver.
I was struck by this story for two reasons. First, it is an important reminder that the religious right continues to deploy real ground troops. Second, that there is a good reason why many of us, including the US Catholic Conference of Bishops, have stood on principle for years against politicking directly in or around the house of worship.
The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. -- Henry David Thoreau
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Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 19:31:07 -0400
Subject: [NoIraqWar] More U.S. missiles in Pakistan kill dozensSuspected US Missile Strikes Kill 27 in Pakistan
Friday 31 October 2008
by: Ishtiaq Mashud, The Associated Press
A Pakistani police officer and a volunteer assist a man injured by a suicide bomb blast in Mardan, Pakistan on Friday, October 31, 2008. Also on Friday, two US missiles have hit houses in northwest Pakistan, killing 27 people. (Photo: AP)Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan - Intelligence officials say suspected US missiles have hit two houses in northwest Pakistan, killing 27 people.
Two suspected missiles hit a house in North Waziristan on Friday, killing 20 people, the officials said.
They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
A second house in northwest Pakistan was hit late Friday, killing seven including suspected foreign militants. That strike took place in Kari Kot in South Waziristan.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan - Suspected U.S. missiles hit a house frequented by an Arab militant near the Afghan border Friday and killed 20 people, intelligence officials said, in the latest alleged American attack on targets inside Pakistan.
It was unclear if the Arab, identified as Abu Kasha Iraqi, was among those killed in the attack, the officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Suspected U.S. unmanned planes have fired at militant targets in Pakistan at least 16 times since mid-August, putting pressure on extremists accused of planning attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan - and perhaps terror strikes in the West.
But the marked uptick in their frequency is straining America's seven-year alliance with Pakistan, where rising violence is exacerbating economic problems gnawing at the nuclear-armed country's stability.
The United States rarely confirms or denies firing the missiles and the identities of those killed are also rarely made public. Locals frequently say civilians, sometimes women and children, are among the dead.
Two missiles were fired Friday into Mir Ali village in North Waziristan after drones had been flying overhead for several hours, the officials said, citing reports from agents and informers in the area.
They said 20 people were killed in the attack, but their identifies were unknown.
The first missile hit the house frequented by the Arab militant, while seconds later another blew up a car parked close by, the officials said.
Pakistan says the strikes are violations of its sovereignty and insists it is tackling the militants, pointing out an ongoing military offensive just north of Waziristan that has killed some 1,500 insurgents.
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