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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Nick Sandmann was at the March this Year with a Smile on his Face

Nick Sandmann posts photos of his return to the March for Life -- still smirking smiling!

There's one prominent name missing from the list of villains mentioned for lawsuits by Nick Sandmann over last year's debacle at the 2019 March for Life -- Fr. James Martin. He immediately piled on the students last year and, I believe his slanderous comments are still on-line although I'm not sure how to search Twitter to check it out. I tried, but I guess I'm not computer savvy enough and trying to back up a year of tweets was overloading my computer.

Martin claimed he would apologize if it turned out the kids were falsely accused. Here's what the Jebbie propaganda magazine, America, reported on January 21, 2019:
Jesuit Father Jim Martin, an author and editor of America magazine, who was critical of the students' behavior on Twitter Jan. 19, said in a tweet the following day that he would be "happy to apologize for condemning the actions of the students if it turns out that they were somehow acting as good and moral Christians. The last thing I want is to see Catholic schools and Catholic students held in any disrepute."
According to the Catholic League he gave a sort of back-handed apology later:
Martin later said, “I would like to apologize to them for my judgment of them.” He elaborates by saying that “we may never know what was going on inside the hearts of the students.”
Hmm...was that an implied accusation that despite being innocent of any wrong-doing they were guilty of "crimethink" in their hearts? Some of them were wearing MAGA hats after all, a sure sign of guilt, especially if a person is white. Someone recently told me Martin's initial tweets were still up, but, as I said, I haven't seen that for myself. If someone can search and post a screen shot, I'd appreciate it. If they are still on his Twitter account, his "apology" is hollow indeed!

As for Nick, while he was tweeting his support for the March this year (a generous act in view of March officials jumping on the kick Nick bandwagon last year), the drive-by media were busy mostly ignoring it as usual. Despite Trump's historic presence and incredible speech which not only mentioned the sanctity of life, but the grace of God, they gave it as little attention as possible. Can you imagine the gushing praise Obama would have received attending a women's march with a speech championing the "right to choose" murdering babies in the womb -- and even after? It would have been network to network overkill. (Pun deliberate!)

As for this year's March, attendance was tremendous. I was at the Peace Monument after marching near the front and sat there with others for 45 minutes watching a sidewalk to sidewalk crowd marching up Capitol Hill. Do you think the media will show this?

What seems like a real ironic twist to the events this year, was an accident between one of the Covington High School buses and a car as they returned from the March. A driver lost control, crossed the center line and plowed into the front of the lead bus. Source The driver of the car was killed and several students and the bus driver received minor injuries. A priest on board apparently gave last rites to the driver who died.

Pray today for all those involved in the accident and for the return of our country to upholding the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.

Our Lady of Life, pray for us.


Adrienne said...

Here ya go:

Source: Lifesite News

On Saturday morning, James Martin said on Twitter, “Catholic school students at the #MarchforLife attempt to shame and disrespect a man at the #IndigenousPeoplesMarch. These actions are not Catholic, not Christian and not acceptable. Would that these students fully understood the dignity of all human life--including this man's.”

Ten minutes later, Fr. Martin tweeted again saying, “I am as disgusted by the contemptuous laughter of the mass of students as I am moved by the quiet dignity of the solitary man who continues to chant. Those students could learn much from this elder, if they had chosen to. Or if they choose to.”

One of Fr. Martin’s allies, Fr. Daniel Horan, published a similar tweet at around the same time:

I'm so deeply appalled and disgusted by the racist, shameful, disrespectful behavior of the Catholic high school students wearing MAGA hats and harassing a Native American elder and Vietnam Vet. I'm so angry and yet not at all surprised at pervasive white supremacy exhibited. Just one of many reasons I find the so-called "march for life" often repulsive and futile: It's basically a gathering for many right-wing anti-abortion hardliners (not consistent ethic of life, i.e. true pro-lifers) and teens to get a free trip to goof off (at best) in DC.

And here is his non-apology apology. What's that saying about when you're in a hole quit digging?

Dear friends: I regret wading into the Covington High School controversy this weekend. For it seems that we may never know exactly what was going on inside the hearts of those high school students. So I would like to apologize to them for my condemnation of their actions.

Others will disagree, but my conscience tells me that it’s unjust to condemn someone's actions when their actions are unclear. And to me, despite repeated viewings of those videos, and reading the participants’ statements, their actions, and the motivations behind those actions, still remain unclear.

Still, several issues still need to be addressed. I’ll raise them as questions for someone—participants, journalists, the school or diocese—to clarify.

First, where were the chaperones? The lack of adult supervision of the students is striking, and most likely contributed to this incendiary event. Friends who are high school administrators all say that they were stupefied by this.

Second, why were students shouting when Nate Phillips was chanting and drumming? Was it nervousness (say their supporters) or disrespect (say their opponents)? It’s hard to tell. But would it have been so hard for the students simply to simply listen to him?

Third, why were so many Covington students wearing MAGA hats? It’s a free country, for sure, but they were at the March for Life, a religious event, under the care of their Catholic high school administrators, not a political rally.

Fourth, how has the March for Life become so politicized? The over-politicization of this religious event, and the over-reliance on political figures to draw crowds, is unnecessary, irreligious and even dangerous.

Finally, I don’t buy the “No one should weigh in until all the facts are in.” Because all the facts are never in. At some point, people are justified in offering opinions. My mistake was offering a condemnation, and for that I apologize.

That being said, I will leave the investigation to the media and the school authorities. But I pray that this incendiary event will somehow be a teachable moment for our church and our country.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Thanks Adrienne,

That's James Martin for you! Like I said -- He should be on the lawsuit list! What a hypocrite he is. He politicizes everything, but wearing a MAGA hat politicizes the March????

I wore my Trump 2020 hat yesterday. I have no doubt that President Trump is more pro-life than James Martin!

Adrienne said...

I bet you look tres cute in your Trump hat, Mary Ann.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

LOL! I'm not sure I have the capacity to "look tres cute" these days or even juste un petit peu cute. But I thank you for being so sweet!