Pro-lifers are leaping to the defense of Fr. Spitzer at Gonzaga University over the Christian pro-life group pevented from being officially recognized by the Student Bar Association. It is clear that Fr. Spitzer is well-respected in the pro-life community, but it still doesn’t explain this odd situation. The open letter says that it is “unreasonable to think that pro-life leaders must necessarily be Christian.” True, but this apparently isn’t a generic pro-life group, but a specifically Christian one. What if Feminists for Life wanted to ensure that it’s leaders were women? Would that be wrong? What is a pro-life, but active homosexual wanted to lead the Christian pro-life group? Should they just accept that?
As Spitzer’s defenders say, there are other pro-life groups on campus that non-Christians can join, so why shouldn’t there be a Christian one?
Perhaps this pro-life group is full of extreme fundamentalists who carry signs saying “God hates women who have abortions.” Maybe not. But until we get a better reason for why the group has been prevented from receiving official recognition, we can’t know for sure.
What I am sure of is that this has become a much bigger deal than it should be. (Can you believe that some people are making this about me and attacking me for posting the original blog entry? Get some perspective.)