The previously-announced Rosary Rally being organized by local members of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Salida for the afternoon of Wednesday, April 19 has been canceled. No reason has been given for the cancellation. Over the past week, Ark Valley Voice has reached out to the local organizer of the Rosary Rally, but she has not returned our calls.
In a message from Salida Regional Library Director Susan Matthews, she confirmed that the library will continue with the pop-up activities (Reading on the Lawn and Library Card sign-up) that had been planned for early afternoon, April 19. Her message noted that other community groups that had planned activities in support of the Salida Public Library are expecting to continue to hold their planned activities.
It’s interesting how “fact based” newspaper can run a story that literally is about an invite for prayer service from a local church and spin it into a hateful event. The library and those supporting counter protest spew inclusivity while excluding those with differing opinions and values. Any responsible parent would be monitoring what their child sees or reads whether it be on the internet or a book. So why the fear over people praying that their children not be exposed to inappropriate material?
“Why can’t we have our rally where we complain about tolerance? You must tolerate our intolerance!”, scream hateful people everywhere, but luckily, most people are smart enough to see right thru such a stupid argument.
Still, and again, given the history of the Catholic Church, the Catholic Church is pretty much the last organization I would ever look to for advice about how to treat children, or what they need protecting from, which has often been the Catholic Church itself. If I was the Catholic Church, I think I’d just play it cool, keep a low profile, and hope that people forget about the long history of the Catholic Church when it comes to enabling pedophilia and child abuse.
Having been born into a very traditional Catholic family I cannot believe that the local Catholic Church would support this hateful, anti First Amendment rally.
Having been baptized, educated, confirmed and married in the Catholic Church, I found it unthinkable and reprehensible that the Church would support such a hateful rally. And a blatant attempt to challenge First Amendment Rights.
I love that, in our community, love, inclusiveness, positivity, and intellectual freedom win out over hate, negativity, and ignorance.
Kim Scheuer, Salida