… is promote abortion.
… is trade babies for Michael J. Fox.
… is use one square. (Well, maybe not, but that’s what she wants all of us to do.)
Sheryl Crow is best known for being an adequate, folksy singer (think of a less talented, female version of John Cougar Mellancamp), but she is also a very vocal advocate for abortion and embryonic stem cell research, as well as being an advocate for protecting the environment. She has recently proposed that, in order to fight global warming, we should all use just 1 square of toilet paper per bathroom visit. Never mind the fact that her concert contract has riders in it that are far more ecologically wasteful than mere t.p.
What does this have to do with a religion-based blog? Not much, but it does show a pattern of misguided thought when coupled with another recent news story concerning Ms. Crow. You see, Archbishop Raymond Burke recently resigned from the board of a Catholic charitable organization over news that Sheryl Crow was going to be the headline act at a fund raising event. Specifically, the Archbishop rebuked the organization for sending mixed messages, which is not only within his rights as an American, but is his ecclesial responsibility as a member of the Church Magisterium. The good Archbishop said, "It’s very painful for me, but I have to answer to God for the responsibility I have
as archbishop." Kudos to the Archbishop of St. Louis for doing what so many other U.S. bishops (and U.S. Catholics, in general) are afraid to do: stand up for The Faith.
Back to Sheryl Crow, the link between these 2 news stories is hypocrisy. It is bad enough that she as a recording artist (note: not the same thing as a scientist, moral theologian, or anything else that requires study and thought) has decided to push her causes of abortion and global warming – what’s worse is the lack of logic to see the hypocrisy of her own ideas. She believes that we should not waste toilet paper, for the sake of the planet, yet "unwanted" babies for whatever reason should be destroyed at the whim of the mother.
Let me make this more clear: she believes that we should not waste toilet paper, but innocent life can be sliced apart, sucked out, and thrown away. In other words, toilet paper is more valuable than a human being. Toilet paper – which was invented for the purpose of cleanliness – should not be thrown out haphazardly and irresponsibly, but babies – who are created in the image and likeness of God – can be disposed of to the tune of (no pun intended!) 1.2 million per year in the U.S. alone, for any reason if an irresponsible woman wants to get rid of it.
Personally, I’d much rather see college students abusing toilet paper (e.g., TP-ing a friend’s house or car) than abusing God’s gift of life by aborting it. Hopefully, the People’s Republic of Sheryl Crow will never come to pass. As long as Catholics pray and use their dollar votes, as well as their electoral votes, to promote Catholic values, we will be able to spare a square.