It is with great concern that we have to inform our readers that LifeSiteNews (LSN) Canada has been hit with a lawsuit – by a Catholic priest of all things!
Regular readers of LSN will need no introduction to Fr. Raymond Gravel – he’s the Quebec priest and former Member of Canada’s Parliament who, as we reported, said on a radio interview in 2004: “I am pro-choice and there is not a bishop on earth that will prevent me from receiving Communion, not even the Pope.”
Then, in 2008, he defended the awarding of Canada’s highest civilian award to the country’s ‘father of abortion’ – arch-abortionist Henry Morgentaler!
During his political career he was rated as ‘pro-abortion’ by the political arm of the pro-life movement.
He has also repeatedly and publicly criticized his church’s teachings on homosexuality and abortion.
Even though LifeSiteNews reports have overwhelmingly reported on what Fr. Gravel himself has publicly said,
out of context, I guarantee you. That's pretty much all LSN does.
he is suing us for libel. Among other things, he argues that he isn’t pro-abortion, but he has said in the past that he is “pro-choice.”
Oh, I see. So you lied in a way that could do damage to Fr. Gravel's career (the definition of libel) and now you're all surprised he's doing something about it. You poor things.
He’s demanding $500,000 in damages – which, coincidentally, is a full year’s budget for us. That would put LifeSiteNews out of business!
Watch me while I weep. Or not.
At LSN we are completely dependent upon Divine Providence; we usually have just enough in our bank account to get by until our next quarterly fundraiser (if even!). We simply have no money to spend on potentially crippling legal fees.
So let me get this straight. God provides your operating budget, but not your legal fees? Interesting. I guess God's funding is like the WIC program, only good for very specific items.
This lawsuit also comes at the same time that attacks on the free speech rights of pro-life, pro-family and Christian citizens and media have been increasing all across the West.
I don't know what free speech rights are like in Canada, but lying does not come under the heading of free speech anywhere.
It is vitally important that LifeSiteNews win this case – not just for our sake, but for the sake of the whole movement. We simply cannot let the opponents of life and family shut down one of the few media voices that upholds the right to life and the sanctity of marriage and the family.
Gee, I thought LSN was a two bit internet site dependent entirely on lies, inflammatory interpretations and vicious misogyny. I had no idea that without them, my family will simply disappear.
The very fact that Fr. Gravel feels he has to sue LSN is proof-positive of just how much LSN is needed. Writing about LifeSiteNews.com in Le Devoir on April 20, 2009, Fr. Gravel said that when his bishop received a letter from the Vatican “which forced me to retire from political life,” attached to the letter “was a file almost exclusively in English made up of negative comments about me … which came from those ultra-conservative media.” He even complained about LifeSiteNews during a speech on the floor of the House of Commons!
Oh, I see. Wrong doing is proof of the need for wrong doing.
Despite the fact that LSN has made it clear that we wish no harm to Fr. Gravel, and that, in fact, we are concerned for his wellbeing, he has launched a suit that could severely, even permanently disrupt our life- and culture-saving work.
We care so much we ruined his life, but only to preserve misogyny and bigotry. It's a higher calling.
Already our staff have had to dedicate several full days’ work just to responding to his charges – and that’s before the case has even really begun. The first preliminary hearing is this Thursday in Joliette, Quebec.
Oh, poor LSN staff, having to do actual work instead of making shit up and defaming people.
At this difficult time, we must once again turn to our ever-faithful supporters. The only way we can withstand this attack is with your help.
We are confident about the truthfulness and professionalism of our reporting on this matter and are determined to fight and win against this unjust lawsuit. Will you join us?
Will you also appeal to others that you know to help us at this time of extra special need?
No. I will giggle when the good Father drains your bank accounts and attaches liens on your homes, if that's any consolation. Reap what you sow, motherfuckers, reap what you sow.