LifeSiteNews brings us the story of a food bank in Green Bay, Wisconsin, affiliated with a local Catholic Church, which was allegedly targeted not for refusing to donate to Planned Parenthood, but for refusing a donation from Planned Parenthood. Apparently, the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Green Bay got a call from the local Planned Parenthood asking if they’d be willing to send a truck around to accept donations of food and/or money from the organization.The food bank, sensing that Planned Parenthood was trolling for a photo opportunity with a truck that came from a Catholic organization, politely declined, citing religious objections and suggested some other food pantries.
The response was possibly excessive. A worker at the pantry explains:
“Within 20 minutes I was getting phone calls and emails calling us [names]. The calls that day came from the Milwaukee area, where Planned Parenthood is headquartered. We have caller ID.”
[He] said he did tell one of the callers they could simply drop off their donation, “which happens about 100 times a day – in that case we don’t know where the food comes from. But if an organization wants a receipt, Paul’s Pantry has a gift acceptance policy. “If the donation is going to hurt us, we don’t accept it.”
Again, they were willing to take the donation, so long as those offering it were willing to bring the food to them. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin spun this eminently reasonable demand this way on their Facebook page:
The progressive blog The Daily Kos took this as their clue to post personal information(including phone numbers) for the clinic’s staff, while deriding their decision by claiming that “the poor and their hunger are being used as political chips by the callous right.”
As opposed to picking on a food bank, which isn’t remotely callous.