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01/09/2005: Tortured logic department....

In Evansville, Indiana, it appears that a number of people, hearing that one can be prosecuted in Evansville for shooting a cat, staged a protest against abortion and homosexuality. (Registration required, or use BugMeNot.)

If your reaction to that sentence was: "Hunh? WTF?", then welcome to the club.

Actually (and in fairness to the protesters), some of the logic isn't that tortured:

Nathan Lewis, who came on a bus from Old Paths Baptist Church in Campbellsburg, said he felt "righteous indignation" that abortion is legal but animal cruelty is a crime.

"A baby's life is worth nothing, (but) if somebody kills a cat they're brought before a court?" Lewis said.
That isn't that big a stretch; I don't agree with that position myself, but I can understand it. But then we get gems like this:
Another protester with the Campbellsburg group, Ben Cochran, said he was unaware that no abortion facilities exist in Evansville.

"I didn't know that," Cochran said. "We just thought we'd come down here and expose the reality of abortion."
But for sheer lack of logic, this one has to take the cake:
Asked what link existed between the cat-shooting allegation and homosexuality, Larry Briggs, who came with the Campbellsburg church group, said, "People who take inordinate affection over cats probably lean toward favoring homosexuality ... there's an expedient link between the two."
I don't know what Larry's been smoking, but I want to get myself some.

Len on 01.09.05 @ 07:49 AM CST


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on Sunday, January 9th, 2005 at 12:54 PM CST, Bryan said

As someone who spends a lot of spare time trying to control stray cat populations, I would love to see a homosexual trend among cats, but it is not to be.

Like these people, feral cats will reproduce until there are too many mouths to feed and the population starves.

Maybe I should shift my program to a low cost spay-neuter clinic for Republicans?

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