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Act Two: Pretending “Chains” is not a blatant attack on the Catholic Church

by | Oct 22, 2015

By Dave Andrusko

oldchurchreEarlier this week NRL News Today reported on the in-your-face, anti-Catholic ad run by Amnesty International the goal of which was to undermine protections in the Irish Constitution for unborn babies.

Adding insult to injury, the narrator was none other than Liam Neeson, the voice of “Aslan” in the movie adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s “Chronicles of Narnia.”

Pro-abortionists celebrated the ad for its frontal assault on the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution. Passed in 1983, the amendment says, “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.” Thus the catchphrase, ““Repeal the Eighth.”

But some, like Anna Merlan, writing at, pretend that pro-lifers, including yours truly, are mistaken when we state the transparently obvious. That the ad—“Chains” [how’s that for subtle] —is not just calling for a repeal of the Eighth Amendment but is an all-out attack on the Catholic Church.

Contrary to Merlan’s insistence, it doesn’t matter who wrote the ad. It’s the visuals (enhanced by the dialogue that accompanies them) which send a message that nobody could possibly miss—unless, like Ms. Merlan, you want to.  Judge for yourself.

Here’s Neeson (minus the pregnant pauses):

“A ghost haunts Ireland. A cruel ghost of the last century still bound to the land. It blindly brings suffering, even death, to the women whose lives it touches. Feared by politicians, this is a ghost of paper and ink. A spirit that lives in a constitution written for a different time. It is the shadow of the country we’d hoped we’d left behind. Ireland doesn’t have to be chained to its past. It’s time to lay this ghost to rest. …Repeal the Eighth.

Some 20 seconds in you see a cross. (Merlan’s weak response is it could be a “grave marker.” Please. ) At that instant Neeson says, “It blindly brings suffering, even death, to the women whose lives it touches.”

There is an immediate jump cut to a relic of a church and Neeson warns, “Feared by politicians, this is a ghost of paper and ink.”

If this is not about the nefarious influence (to pro-abortionists) of the Catholic Church, why the abandoned church? Why not a graphic of the Eighth Amendment?

Two additional thoughts based on a superior analysis written by Tim Stanley for the Daily Telegraph. Stanley writes

Its visuals tell you everything you need to know about the true motivations behind this secular crusade. …This doesn’t look like a campaign against Ireland’s abortion laws. It looks like a campaign to exorcise the Catholic Church from Ireland. Which is highly ironic because the liberals behind it are exactly the kind of people who always insist that religion should be kept out of politics. On this occasion, however, they’re very happy to play the faith card.

Even more significant is the inevitable outcome should the Eighth Amendment fall:

The consequences could be enormous in scale. Make no mistake: supposedly small or reasonable adjustments to Ireland’s abortion law will lead, inexorably, to abortion on demand. It always does.

Stanley outlines the downward trajectory both in England and in the United States. Abortion has been routinized with all the supposed “barriers” and safeguards” long since erased.

In England, sex-selections abortions; abortions up until birth if the baby has an abnormality; pre-signed abortion consent forms—and more.

In the United States, 57 million dead babies and the likes of abortionists Kermit Gosnell and Steven Brigham. Is anyone surprised that undercover videos revealed an utterly desensitized Planned Parenthood, eager to find ways to secure intact baby body parts to pass along to researchers, and joking about finding less “crunchy” ways to abort large babies?

The hunger of pro-abortionists for more victims is literally insatiable.

Their slogan should be, ”Never enough dead babies.”

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