Mar 7, 2010

Fitchburg Update

The Prayer protesters continue their vigil work at 391 Main St. in Fitchburg, seeking to convince the landlords to refuse Planned Parenthood Federal blood money.

During last weeks Fitchburg City council meeting, Council Kevin Starr made the following remarks about Pro-Lifers, "I will not tolerate those morals being pushed on me and these members of the Council...there's no place for those he hoped that people would "keep their personal beliefs to themselves."  Later in the week Starr maintained that some of the pro-life advocates were "narrow-minded."

The Rev. Thomas Hughes, pastor of New Creation Community Church on Water Street, wants Ward 4 City Councilor Kevin Starr to apologize for what Hughes called "inappropriate" and "disrespectful" remarks about pro-life advocates who opposed Planned Parenthood's proposal to open on Main Street.

Meanwhile in Worcester 40 Days for Life saved at least 2 kids locally and over 171 Nationally. 


Paul Anthony Melanson said...

Mr. Starr may have handed pro-lifers a backhanded compliment when he accused them of being narrow-minded. For Jesus has said it, "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few." (Matthew 7: 13, 14).

Perhaps Mr. Starr is too "broad-minded."

JayG said...

He sure sounded that way Paul.
Mr. Starr should strive to enter through the narrow gate, agwnizomai (ag-o-nid'-zom-ahee) to struggle, literally (to compete for a prize), figuratively (to contend with an adversary)

or contend with the adversary.

sounds like agonize

Rita Jeannine Melanson said...

The Constitution has not changed. Like everyone else, Christians have the right to be heard. The Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized that, "Above all else the First Amendment means that government has no power to restrict expression because of its message, its ideas, its subject matter, or its content. For the state to enforce the content-based exclusion it must show that its regulation is necessary to serve a compelling state interest and that it is narrowly drawn to achieve that end."

Attempts to stifle Christian voices [and this includes those of the pro-life movement] are, generally speaking, unconstitutional. According to the Sentinel & Enterprise, Councilor Kevin Starr said that he will not tolerate "those morals" - meaning the moral views of pro-lifers - and asserted that "There's no place for those discussions to take place in here" (meaning the City Council meeting).

What Mr. Starr is saying is that the First Amendment rights of pro-lifers has "no place" in Fitchburg government.