Well, this is pretty embarrassing for the Occupy movement. In Providence Rhode Island last week, about two dozen members of the Occupy Movement shouted down a Catholic priest at a pro-life rally, and threw condoms on Catholic school girls for good measure.
The Occupiers did this the day after the local Catholic Bishop, Thomas Tobin, decided to meet Occupy Providence’s request that the city open up a daytime homeless shelter for the winter.
The city of Providence itself had rejected the Occupier’s demands to provide the shelter and was preparing to evict the Occupiers from their encampment at Burnside park. But the Church stepped in to open the shelter and the Occupiers declared victory.
Apparently they don’t dwell on the meaning of gratitude. The very next day they set out to Occupy the pro-life rally.
An e-mail sent to Occupy Providence Media has not been returned. But we spoke to Barth Bracy, executive director of Rhode Island Right to Life, who was there.
Bracy had an inkling something was up in the nights before the demonstration when the Facebook page for the Rhode Island Right to Life was continually being defaced. But as the pro-lifers were giving their speeches in the statehouse, the Occupiers began filing in, and Bracy noticed that they were very well organised in their tactics
“[The Occupiers] started spreading themselves out – they didn’t do anything until all of them got through the security chekcpoint. They brought their cardboard signs. They don’t push you. They just stand so close they make you feel uncomfortabe because they smell so bad.”
A couple of women from Occupy started dancing in front of the podium the pro-lifers were using. The Occupiers started whistling, heckling, and chanting.
Bracy was scheduled to give the last address to the crowd. “I got about 20-five per cent through my speech before I couldn’t even hear myself.” Bracy decided that at this point it was futile to continue. So he invited Fr. Bernard Healy to give a closing prayer.
Healy was interrupted and shouted down. “And that’s when the condoms started coming down,” Bracy said, before rushing to tell us that they were “unused.”
“It really was mayhem, is what it was,” Bracy said.
Bracy had formerly considered himself sympathetic to the Occupy movement. “I remember the Savings and Loans scandals. People went to jail. I thought Ocuppy Wall Street was about that. Having investigations. But this is the first time they are speaking clearly about an issue and they’re standing up for abortion and using blackshirt tactics,” Bracy said, referring to Moussilini’s early and racous fascist movement.
Apparently this shows that for at least some Occupy groups, there are other pressing issues beyond inequality in America.
Some connected to the Occupy Providence movement claim that it was just outsiders who agitated this, but the Occupy Providence discussion group shows the motion to take this action. And the Occupy Providence Facebook page shows pictures celebrating the protest.
We are still waiting hear the Occupiers’ side of the story.
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