Skip to comments.Pro-Abort Garrison Keillor to Deliver Catholic Teachers Assoc. Keynote Address
Posted on 03/02/2010 3:05:05 PM PST by rhema
The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) has invited Garrison Keillor, a pro-abortion, pro-gay "marriage" Episcopalian, as a keynote speaker at the group's annual convention. Keillor, well-known as a humorist and host of A Prairie Home Companion, has repeatedly published his pro-abortion, pro-same-sex "marriage" views - and has labeled pro-life, pro-family, and anti-pornography activists "shrieking ninnies and pompous blowhards."
On the issue of abortion, Keillor has been quoted as saying it should be decided "case by case," and that disabled embryonic children should be destroyed.
"The use of abortion as birth control is one thing, the use of it to end pregnancy caused by incest or rape is another, and then there is the decision to destroy an embryo that shows signs of debilitating disease or severe retardation," said Keillor in an interview with Nathan Callahan in 2004.
"In the end, it goes against common sense to require a mother to bear a child she does not want, just as you can't force husband and wife to stay together."
Keillor also decried "the so-called cultural wars over abortion and prayer in the schools and pornography and gays," most of which he said was "instigated by shrieking ninnies and pompous blowhards" who "did nothing about anything, except elect dullards to office who brought a certain nihilistic approach to governance."
On same-sex "marriage," in a January column for the Salt Lake Tribune, Keillor said, "I believe that if voters actually knew gay couples, they would not vote to ban gay marriage. This particular cruelty is the result of social separation, which breeds contempt."
Keillor is slated to address the NCEA at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 7. The NCEA did not return LifeSiteNews.com's request for comment as of press time.
In 2001, the dioceses of Pittsburgh, Penn. and Peoria, Ill. boycotted the NCEA for granting a speaking opportunity to Sr. Joan Chittiser, a Benedictine nun who famously dissents from Catholic teaching on homosexuality and female ordination.
NCEA email form here
Dr. Karen M. Ristau, Ed.D.
President, National Catholic Educational Association
1005 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22201
The NCEA hasn’t been a Catholic organization for more than 3 decades. Sad, but true.
He's also, contrary to the homey image portrayed on his radio show, a nasty piece of leftist trash.
That anyone was ever entertained by Garrison Keillor is one of the great mysteries of Broadcasting.
Do they think they’re going to get a Lake Woebegone Segment? Boy are they in for a surprise.
Wikipedia says he’s currently Episcopalian, but “has been” Lutheran.
Keillor has been married three times:
To Mary Guntzel, from 1965 to 1976. The couple has one son, Jason, born in 1969.
To Ulla Skaerved (a former exchange student from Denmark whom he famously re-encountered at a high school reunion), from 1985 to 1990. Keillor is mildly notorious for having dumped his long-time lover and PHC producer Margaret Moos to marry Ulla. The marriage failed when Keillor had an affair with his Danish language teacher.
His current wife, violinist Jenny Lind Nilsson (b. 1958), from his hometown of Anoka,whom he married in 1995. They have one daughter, Maia, born in 1998.
My parents used to live in Arlington. I’ve been lost on North Glebe Road.
More to the point, what could Garrison Keillor possibly contribute to a conference on Catholic education? Was he invited only to demonstrate, in case anyone wasn’t paying attention up to now, that this organization is “Catholic” like “Catholics for Free Choice” is?
What the hell is he doing with women, and how do his fans take it?
In other words, Keillor is nothing more than another semi adult Liberal, who can't deal with the unpleasant fact that a great number of Americans simply do not agree with his exalted views.
Apparently this “Catholic” Teachers Association (union) should be call the Teachers Association of “catholics,” because they clearly put their leftist ideology and unionization before their so-called faith.
As opposed to those First Amendment-averse pro-abort academicians, who can't pass up an opportunity to tilt the playing field.
Newt's and the Republicans' ascendancy in 1994 sent His Prairie Home Effeteness into irrecoverable dyspepsia.
If anyone should know about "pompous blowhards," it's His Prairie Home Tediousness.
Parents, if you are considering a Catholic school, beware. Not all Catholics are created equal.
By the way, personally, even though I am not Catholic and find some of their practices and beliefs perplexing, I would be **thrilled** if all Catholics actually believed and practiced what is taught in their catechism. Our nation would be stronger if they did.
And maybe they'd inspire some apostate ELCA Lutherans and Episcopalians to return to Biblical moorings as well.
Well, considering his track record, he certainly is the poster boy for that!
I saw him interviewed on the Today Show about 25 years ago by Bryant Gumbal. After the interview was over and the cameras cut back, Gumbal appeared disoriented and shaken and mumbled something like, "He's NOT a nice man..."
I don't know what that was all about, and it was never explained.
When my wife mentioned that to me, I told her that I wasn’t surprised and that any organization with “National”, “Education” and “Association” as part of their title probably isn’t upholding traditional values.
Dullards in office? Keillor must have met Minnesota’s newest Senator.