By Kathleen Gilbert
WASHINGTON, DC, March 1, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) has invited Garrison Keillor, a pro-abortion, pro-gay "marriage" Episcopalian, as a keynote speaker at the group's annual convention. Keillor, well-known as a humorist and host of A Prairie Home Companion, has repeatedly published his pro-abortion, pro-same-sex "marriage" views - and has labeled pro-life, pro-family, and anti-pornography activists "shrieking ninnies and pompous blowhards."
On the issue of abortion, Keillor has been quoted as saying it should be decided "case by case," and that disabled embryonic children should be destroyed.
"The use of abortion as birth control is one thing, the use of it to end pregnancy caused by incest or rape is another, and then there is the decision to destroy an embryo that shows signs of debilitating disease or severe retardation," said Keillor in an interview with Nathan Callahan in 2004.
"In the end, it goes against common sense to require a mother to bear a child she does not want, just as you can't force husband and wife to stay together."
Keillor also decried"the so-called cultural wars over abortion and prayer in the schools and pornography and gays," most of which he said was "instigated by shrieking ninnies and pompous blowhards" who "did nothing about anything, except elect dullards to office who brought a certain nihilistic approach to governance."
On same-sex "marriage," in a January column for the Salt Lake Tribune, Keillor said, "I believe that if voters actually knew gay couples, they would not vote to ban gay marriage. This particular cruelty is the result of social separation, which breeds contempt."
Keillor is slated to address the NCEA at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 7. The NCEA did not return LifeSiteNews.com's request for comment as of press time.
In 2001, the dioceses of Pittsburgh, Penn. and Peoria, Ill. boycotted the NCEA for granting a speaking opportunity to Sr. Joan Chittiser, a Benedictine nun who famously dissents from Catholic teaching on homosexuality and female ordination.
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