“The Devil is alive in Salem, and we dare not quail to
follow wherever the accusing finger points!'”
The Crucible, By Arthur Miller (Act 2, Scene 3)
Harsh title for a blog post right?
Unfortunately it has become necessary though, because over the last couple of days all sorts of ridiculous and totally unproven accusations have been publicly made by pro-choice pressure groups and their allies in Parliament.
These accusations originated earlier this week with pro-abortion lobby group ALRANZ, and then yesterday they managed to convince their allies in the Green Party and Labour to issue press releases accusing peaceful pro-lifers in Southland of intimidation and violence.
Late yesterday ALRANZ had another bite at the cherry by publicly claiming that they had been sent a SOLITARY and anonymous threatening email (strangely though, they never published the email and they never went to the police).
Now today, pro-choice National MP Paul Hutchison has joined in the mud-slinging, along with a reporter from the Bay of Plenty Times, who decided to add the totally unsubstantiated claim that: “Pro-life protesters have sent threatening messages this week to staff at a Southland abortion clinic” at the end of a totally unrelated article about increased contraceptive availability.
Here’s the problem: ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE has been presented to support the claims that are being publicly made against these pro-lifers in Southland.
So now is the time for the pro-choice movement and their political allies to put up or shut up.
If they’re going to keep making public accusations against pro-lifers in Southland then they actually have an obligation to make any evidence they have to back up their claims publicly available as well.
Otherwise this is nothing more than a rabid Salem style witch hunt built on baseless scaremongering – a case of unsubstantiated intimidation and harassment of Southland pro-lifers by pro-choice pressure groups.
For all we know these threats are actually being perpetrated by misguided PRO-CHOICE supporters of ALRANZ who are looking to manufacture controversy for the sake of publicity by sending fake emails and threats, etc.
So come on ALRANZ, the Bay of Plenty Times, Greens, Maryan Street and Paul Hutchison – let’s see the evidence to back up the serious accusations you are making about your fellow Kiwis, so far all we’ve heard are unsubstantiated allegations (“I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!” anyone?)
If you are truly the ethically-minded citizens you claim to be, it’s time to put up or shut up.
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