John Cavanaugh–O’Keefe on violence and harassment

John Cavanaugh–O’Keefe said:

“It has been fascinating to watch the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) and the National Organization for Women (NOW) work systematically for years to blur the differences between violence and nonviolence. The key word in their campaign of disinformation was “harassment.” This word was the verbal link between rescues and bombing and made it possible for them to lump all activities together. The campaign to discredit rescues this way was already formulated in the late 1970s, when pro–abortion strategists met in New York and according to participants from the Committee for Abortion Rights against Sterilization Abuse (CARASA), agreed that rescues were nonviolent, but decided to link them with arson anyway. Later, when Congress and various state legislatures were considering bills to raise the penalties for rescuing, the key to promoting such bills was smudging the differences between violence and nonviolence.

The truth is, nonviolence is utterly different from violence. Nonviolence is not a step on the way to war. Rather, the final test of nonviolence if lesser means do not succeed, is martyrdom. Pro-abortion hecklers in Los Angeles in the late 1980s understood that, and chanted at the rescuers, “Where are the lions when you need ‘em? Bring on the lions! We want to feed ‘em!”

John Cavanaugh–O’Keefe Emmanuel, Solidarity: God’s Act, Our Response (2000) 73

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Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.

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