Jody, you’re entirely correct in your summation of “Catholics In Alliance.” Last week the political scientist Michael New analyzed their recent study on abortion—where, you know, they concluded that we should just focus on the “root causes,” just like a certain presidential candidate. New concluded that their conclusion was bunk:

Unfortunately, their study did not acknowledge any of the previous academic or policy research on pro-life legislation. As such, they did not engage or find fault with previous research indicating that pro-life laws were effective. Overall, it seems that Catholics in Alliance was primarily interested in making the case that welfare spending was the best way to reduce abortion. They even refused to properly acknowledge and publicize their own findings which indicated that certain types of pro-life laws were effective.

So I hear you loud and clear on that. But that’s not the worst thing about this Catholics in Alliance video: Did you hear the music? Ugh. A psuedo-Church-Choir rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Musically it’s painful to listen to. And lyrically? Well, consider the lyrics:

Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

No heaven, no hell, and no religion—then all the people will live life in peace. That sounds like the perfect theme song for Catholics in Alliance.