Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Barefoot and Breast Cancer

The Respect Life Apostolate of the Catholic Diocese of Little Rock has issued an edict discouraging its parishes and schools from supporting or participating in any activities that might possibly benefit the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. They claim that this nefarious event raises money for embryonic stem cell research and Planned Parenthood.

Consequently, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Tontitown will not be selling any charity spaghetti and fried chicken dinners on April 18, the night before the Komen Ozark Race for the Cure in Springdale. The irony here is that the Komen Ozark affiliate has given about $350,000 to Catholic hospitals in Northwest Arkansas, while the Arkansas affiliate has donated $1.4 million to Catholic hospitals since 1992. I'm sure they will return the money forthwith.

That is the second low blow this month for the fight against breast cancer, support for survivors, and the search for a cure. The Ozark affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation held a big fund raiser at the Fayetteville Town Center on February 9th. Thieves hit the items displayed for the "Pretty In Pink" silent auction and made off with about $24,000 of goods that included a necklace, a Teno watch, some Ray-Ban sunglasses, and one earring. Someone should consider dispatching Sgt. Shannon Gabbard with a probable cause warrant to search the vaults at the Vatican.

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