Salome with the Head of John the baptist

Are we afraid to be righteous?

The secular world seems powerful, when you are a minority.

Today, the Komen Foundation caved to “public outcry” and reinstated funding to the abortion mill, Planned Parenthood.  I was thinking about this when I read today’s reading from the Gospel According to Mark.

In the scripture, we read the reason why John the Baptist was beheaded by King Herod.  Herod’s former sister-in-law-turned-wife, Herodias held a grudge against John because he told Herod that “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”

Salome with the Head of John the baptist
Salome with the Head of John the baptist (Caravaggio)

Herodias “harbored a grudge” against John and Herod arrested him; however,

Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man,
and kept him in custody.

To me, the pro-abortion folks who pressured Komen in to giving money to support the murder of 300,000 people each year are like King Herod.  They want to keep the truth about abortion in custody.

The estimated average cost of an abortion is $468.  Planned Parenthood performs roughly 300,000 abortions per year.  At this average cost (Planned Parenthood does not list prices on their web site), it would have generated $140,400,000.

Think about this number for a minute.

Planned Parenthood is such a wholesome name – so wholesome that most Americans are unaware that it was created originally for the purpose of eugenics.  This institution kills more than 330,000 people each year and rationalize these murders stating that “Abortion is a safe and legal way to end pregnancy.”

I disagree.

What they rationalize as safe and legal has resulted (by their own numbers) in the killing of 54,559,615 innocent and unborn children since 1973 (when Roe v. Wade  passed).

I believe the Komen Foundation wanted to be righteous.

Unfortunately, they just could not muster the courage to state it plainly:  that they can no longer bear to give money to Planned Parenthood for breast exams when Planned Parenthood’s own statistics show that 71% of their services go toward birth control, treating sexually transmitted diseases, and abortions.  Planned Parenthood itself cannot guarantee that the Komen grants will not be used to fund or subsidize abortions and Planned Parenthood was caught lying about mammogram statistics.

Instead Komen hid behind a veiled explanation to “fulfill our fiduciary duty to our donors by not funding grant applications made by organizations under investigation.”

Komen were skewered by the pro-abortion bullies – their head was lopped off – just like John’s:

His own daughter came in and performed a dance
that delighted Herod and his guests.
The king said to the girl,
“Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you.”
He even swore many things to her,
“I will grant you whatever you ask of me,
even to half of my kingdom.”
She went out and said to her mother,
“What shall I ask for?”
Her mother replied, “The head of John the Baptist.”
The girl hurried back to the king’s presence and made her request,
“I want you to give me at once on a platter
the head of John the Baptist.
The king was deeply distressed,
but because of his oaths and the guests
he did not wish to break his word to her.
So he promptly dispatched an executioner
with orders to bring back his head.
He went off and beheaded him in the prison.
He brought in the head on a platter
and gave it to the girl.
The girl in turn gave it to her mother.”

Let us continue to pray to end abortion so that we respect life from conception through natural death.  Let us pray for the victims of abortion and their parents.


Today we remember Saint Blaise


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7 thoughts on “Are we afraid to be righteous?”

  1. You not only hit the nail on the head, but I have to believe that the Holy Spirit guided you carefully, and you listened, in connecting the Gospel for today from the Mass to the timely cowardice of the Komen group. Like Herod, they sometimes “listened” to the voice of God, and then threw it aside when a new voice (dance) pleased them more.

    Very sad–and tragic. Thank you for sharing your insights with us.

  2. Straigth to the Point,Thank You so much for every Word! it is too sad, that people can be so easily be deceived! Your are right, we only can Pray and hope! If everyone would pray ONE Rosary a days to Stop Abortion, we could achieve something!
    Have a great Sunday with Abundant Blessings!

  3. Thanks for your input on my blog on this vital issue. I really like your connection to the John the Baptist narrative. You might be more gracious than me in granting somewhat pure motives to Komen in terms of their initial decision. Important writing here.

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