Religious fanatics should find something useful to do
To the editor:
Michael Veves' column about Operation Rescue ("Operation Rescue has right to protest but not to harass," Gazette, June 23) was fantastic. I was so glad to see someone expose these people standing near my home. If they were not such hypocrites, they would do more for people than standing on the street mumbling prayers every time you try to talk to them.
I don't write letters to the newspapers, but I had to this time. I completely agree with Veves. These people who act like they care so much about babies are nowhere to be found when we destroyed Iraq in the made-up war. No protests from these people about the waste of all our tax dollars in Iraq.
Where were these pious hypocrites when Katrina hit? What aren't they boarding a bus down to the tornado-ravaged people in Tennessee or Missouri? Why aren't they spending their days delivering food to destitute families in Haverhill or Lawrence?
How can you not be cynical when these people harass women who want abortions, threaten doctors or hold posters of aborted fetuses? I certainly was glad to see a police officer standing out there with them because I fear for the women seeking health care services that these religious fundamentalists try to deny.
Their group is a national effort that goes so far as to sanction stopping doctors from providing abortions, no matter what it takes to stop them. Veves did his homework well when he mentioned Salvi and Robert-Rudolph. Too bad he didn't mention all the other murderers, too.
But I was disappointed the article said nothing about an institution I blame for so much sexual dysfunction and so many sexual taboos: the Catholic Church. AIDS is rampant across Africa, and the Catholic Church does not even want to say the word "condom."
The institutionalized Catholic Church has never really had a moral leg to stand on and wonders why the tithing goals are not met. It is woefully out of touch when it comes to sexuality and, thus, contributes to the very problems it says it wants stopped.
No one, myself included, wants to see another woman have to get an abortion. Until we have honest discussions with young people where more abortions occur and until we take away the sexual taboos perpetrated by religious institutions, they will continue unabated.
There are so many good things the religious fanatics could be doing for their communities. It is aggravating to see them doing what they do when they could expend their energy in so many more productive ways.