Video of the “Catholic Schoolgirls Against the War” assault on the Holy Name church yesterday:
This is absolutely disgusting, and perfectly in keeping with criminal anti-war thuggery. Remember that past protesters–also Catholic– have actually used their own real blood to vandalize recruitment centers. Guess these idiots in Chicago didn’t have the stomach for that, so they used “stage blood:”
Six people were arrested at Holy Name parish’s auditorium Sunday after disrupting an Easter mass to protest the Iraq war.
The group—whose female and male members identified themselves as Catholic Schoolgirls Against the War—stood up at the beginning of Cardinal Francis George’s homily and shouted their opposition to the conflict, which marked its fifth anniversary last week. As security guards and ushers tried to remove them from the service, the demonstrators squirted fake blood on themselves and parishioners dressed in their Easter finery.
The red substance, which one protester later described as “stage blood,” initially drew gasps and a few terrified yelps from the 600 worshipers at the mass. The shock, however, quickly transformed into anger as people booed the six while they were escorted from the parish auditorium.
The protesters were all charged with felony criminal damage to property and two counts of simple battery for squirting the blood around the auditorium and onto worshipers’ clothes, authorities said. Chicago police identified the six arrested as Donte D. Smith, 18; Ephran Ramirez Jr., 22; Ryane Ziemba, 25; Mercedes Phinaih, 18; Regan Maher, 25; and Angela Haban, 20.
Let’s watch carefully to see how the prosecution proceeds. If past history is any indication, they’ll get off with slaps on the wrist.
Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, a lovely conservative blogger I met at the Gathering of Eagles, Skye at Midnight Blue, reports that she was slapped by the peace-mongers from Chester County Peace Movement (CCPM) at an anti-war protest. Melanie Morgan has more. Photos of the arrest here.
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