Earlier this week, a draft of a Supreme Court opinion leaked to Politico. Unlike other branches of government and public office, the history of the Supreme Court is known for its absence of leaks. The leaked opinion in the Dobbs v Jackson case is likely the first time a draft decision has, in its entirety, been given to the press before. Within hours of the leak, protesters mobilized outside of the Supreme Court in Washington DC:
An abortion activist assaulted a bystander or counterprotester:
Protests occurred throughout the country, as multiple instances of vandalism and threats against Churches, Synagogues, and Mosques spread.
These acts of violence and vandalism are a desecration of holy land, whether it be a Catholic Church, Jewish Synagogue, or Muslim Mosque. Americans have an absolute right to worship the religion of their choice. Threatening those with religious values that oppose abortion is a targeted, religious-based hate crime. America is no stranger to religious discrimination, as the response to 9/11 included targeting, false imprisonment, torture, and abuse against Muslims. The United States used torture against Muslim detainees at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay.
A molotov cocktail was thrown inside a Catholic Church in Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia.
American Catholics at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles were targeted by abortion supporters who attempted to stop Sunday mass. They are forced out by security & parishioners. removed abortion activists dressed in scarlet witch costumes:
St. Patrick’s, an Irish Catholic Church in New York, was also targeted by protesters. The group exposed children to nudity according to Catholic Arena:
Protesters assembled outside multiple Catholic Churches on Sunday, May 8th, yelling obscenities and attempting to prevent and interrupt worship. Catholics prayed the rosary in front of the Church to protect parishioners and The Church, while protesters beat and abused baby dolls and engaged in acts of desecration:
According to Catholic Arena, the Anglo-Protestant KKK has targeted Irish Catholics in America for decades, with atrocities including the murder of Irish Catholic clergy:
“Hollywood may have altered perceptions of the Ku Klux Klan to convince people that they were primarily a group concerned with segregation between Black and White Americans, but historically it was Irish Catholics who felt the wrath of the Anglo-Protestant hate group.
As waves of Irish immigrants arrived on US shores, the Klan became increasingly violent towards Catholics. Their tactics included bombing churches and attacking individual priests. In 1921, they shot Irish priest Father James Coyle in the head, killing him immediately.
There were many other hideous incidents, one of the most infamous coming only a few short years later, in 1924.
The KKK held an anti-Catholic rally in South Bend, Indiana, the home of Notre Dame University. The head of the university at the time was an Irish priest and member of the Knights of Columbus.
As the KKK stormed arrived through the streets, spreading anti-Catholic hate, the students of Notre Dame decided to run them from their area. They fought the KKK at trains and bus depots and beat them up on the streets.
Up to 500 Catholic students joined in with the attempts to stop the hate rally, fighting the KKK hand to hand and forcing them to retreat to their office where a trademark burning cross (this time of red bulbs rather than fire) lay on a third-story window. The students grabbed potatoes from a nearby store and smashed the windows of the upstairs office, destroying the inflammatory and intimidating symbol.
The incident was only one such event, but highlights the decades of hatred, racism and sectarianism suffered by Irish Catholics at the hands of other sects, particularly Baptists and those of Anglo descent.
Despite the resurgence of violence and threats against the Irish Catholic community in America, the faithful will not be intimidated by acts of terror. Rosary prayers have continued to gain participants in Ireland, with the Irish virtuously fighting the front lines of Spiritual Warfare.
Orthodox Christians have likewise continued to mobilize to end abortion despite threats of violence:
“Vandals set fire to the Wisconsin Family Action office early Sunday morning. Madison Police Department Chief Shon Barnes said in a statement, “It appears a specific non-profit that supports anti-abortion measures was targeted. Caroline Reilly, a reporting fellow for the Rewire News Group, has called for more arson attacks against anti-abortion groups. She also suggested an escalation to deadly political violence.
Reilly in her Twitter bio boasts of writing for GQ, Town & Country, Vulture, Insidehook and others, says on her website that she is “an award-winning journalist,” and writes about “…reproductive health, men’s fashion, sex and more.” Her website also says that “…her scholarly writing on abortion access for young people earned national recognition.”
The writer retweeted a New York Times article about an anti-abortion group’s headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin, having been vandalized with Molotov cocktails and wrote, “More of this. May these people never know a moment of peace or safety until they rot in the ground.”
Additional acts of vandalism against Catholic Churches:
The draft opinion in the Dobbs v Jackson case upheld a state’s right to impose a 15-week abortion ban. The ban included exemptions, such as risk to the mother’s life if the pregnancy was not terminated. Despite the outrage of abortion activists, only 32% of Americans support no restrictions on abortion, while 67% support partial or absolute bans (according to Gallup):
According to abortion data reported to the CDC in 2014, over 91% of abortions occurred before at or before the 13th week of pregnancy:
Thus, most individuals who obtained abortions in 2014 would not be impacted by a 15-week ban, as less than 8% of abortions occurred after the 14th week of pregnancy.