Monday 9 January 2012

Tablet editor jettisons the truth about pro-abortion MP Jon Cruddas

Catherine Pepinster, editor of The Tablet (the anti-life and anti-family house-journal of British Catholic dissent), has written a column (second page; requires signing-in) in this week's edition about relations between the Labour party and Christianity. She writes, among other things:
"The suspicion [within the Labour party] of Catholic MPs and their agenda has also not been helped by pro-life groups who were vociferous in criticising the placing of an intern within Jon Cruddas' office because the MP in their eyes had failed to speak out on abortion."
Mrs Pepinster is referring to a move by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales to reverse a decision to provide Dr Cruddas with an intern, as part of its parliamentary internship scheme. The move followed criticism by myself and other pro-lifers of invitations to Dr Cruddas to speak at two Catholic conferences (National Justice & Peace Network and Blackfriars).
Mrs Pepinster takes no account of the truth about Dr Cruddas's record on abortion. Dr Cruddas has not merely "failed to speak out on abortion", and not merely "in [the] eyes" of pro-lifers - Dr Cruddas is on record defending legal abortion, thus:
"[Abortion] should be safe, legal and rare"
“I'm perfectly happy with the current situation”. [My comment: i.e. a situation which provides legal sanction for the killing of 550 unborn babies daily.]
Futhermore, since 2000, Dr Cruddas voted 18 times with the anti-life lobby, for example voting in favour of the anti-life Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act at second reading (which denotes approval for the bill's principles) - a law designed to kill millions of innocent human beings deliberately created never to be born. He also voted for the pro-euthanasia Mental Capacity Bill (now Act) at second reading and third reading (which denotes approval of the bill as a whole). Also, Dr Cruddas has expressed his pride in his voting record in support of the homosexual agenda.

Mrs Pepinster's evasion and obscuring of the truth is typical of The Tablet's narrative about life and family issues, which attempts to provide cover for its dissenting ideological allies. Tabula delenda est.

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