Monday, August 25, 2008

Royal Mail honours Marie Stopes

Action: complaints, please, to the Royal Mail Chief Executive Adam Crozier: Marie Stopes was a vicious opponent of the family and an apologist for racist eugenics, compulsory sterilisation, and the killing of the disabled; she took part in a Nazi-organised eugenics conference. Don't take our word for it, look at her Wikipedia entry. One-sided articles about her are common, however: see the BBC.

"Utopia could be reached in my life time had I the power to issue inviolable edicts... I would legislate compulsory sterilization of the insane, feebleminded ... revolutionaries ... half castes." from The Control of Parenthood. 1920

As late as 1942, she wrote"Catholics, Prussians/ The Jews and the Russians/ all are a curse/ or something worse..."

She sent a copy of a book of love poems to 'Dear Herr Hitler' in 1939. See here for more.

From CFNews: Christopher Howse writes in the Daily Telegraph: '...Worse is the 50p stamp, which celebrates the absurd Marie Stopes, under the banner of 'family planning'. It is hard to think the postage stamp committee was fully aware of the craziness of Miss Stopes's life and ideas. She believed that coal fires gave off beneficial rays and so she would sit naked before the fire, a practice she enjoined on the nation.

She 'imagined conspiracies everywhere' according to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 'even in the court order to destroy her beloved chow, Wuffles, for attacking other dogs'.

As for family planning, when her only son Harry announced his engagement to the daughter of the inventor Barnes Wallis, Marie Stopes reacted furiously, claiming that because the girl was short-sighted and had to wear spectacles, she must suffer from a hereditary defect.

It is clear that the woman of real distinction on these stamps is one whose name is not printed on them, but whose head appears on every British stamp for use on the Royal Mail'

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen