By Maggie DeWitte
Like most non-profits, IFL has followed a staid format in past annual fundraising banquets, characterized by a nice meal followed by speeches. Not this year.
Get ready for the most fun banquet yet!
Our event is called, “A Clash of Creeds, a conversation with Margaret Sanger, Ayn Rand, and St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, moderated by G.K. Chesterton.” The script was written by Tom Quiner.
Holy moly! A Clash of Creeds is anything but staid.
You will experience a conversation that will immerse you in profound ideas that inevitably lock horns on issues like sexuality, poverty, welfare, contraception, God, and abortion.
Each of our three “guests” are strong women in their own way, and Chesterton adds wit and piercing intellect to the conversation. Let me introduce you to each of these giants of the 20th century.
Introducing our “guests”
Margaret Sanger was a prominent eugenicist and proponent of birth control. She, of course, is the founder of Planned Parenthood, who relentlessly opposed the Catholic Church in the public square on women’s reproductive issues. Time Magazine named her one of the 20 most influential Americans of all-time.
Ayn Rand wrote an epic novel in 1957 called Atlas Shrugged which spelled out her libertarian creed called “Objectivism.” Although critics generally loathed the book, rank and file readers loved it, voting it their favorite novel of the 20th century. Her fans include the likes of Majority Leader Paul Ryan, Alan Greenspan, and Senator Rand Paul.
Both Ms. Sanger and Rand were atheists, a subject Chesterton explores with them in our “conversation.” Mother Teresa, of course, expresses a belief system in stark contrast to the former, grounded in the richness of her Catholic faith, and Chesterton brilliantly fleshes out each of their respective creeds with zeal in his own inimitable style.
How do you describe G.K. Chesterton?
G.K. Chesterton is a hard man to describe. Is he a poet? A novelist? A philosopher? A theologian? A biographer? An orator or a debater? After all, he is all of these and more. He famously debated the well-known attorney and atheist, Clarence Darrow. Rumor has it that he mopped the floor with his hapless adversary. Bishop Robert Barron loves the man, and describes him with relish:
“Friends, G.K. Chesterton is one of the most sparkling and effervescent figures in the great Catholic tradition. This is, perhaps, most evident in his masterpiece of Christian apologetics, “Orthodoxy.” Every page of Chesterton is like drinking champagne. You’ve got to sip him … you can’t gulp him!”
Sanger. Rand. Mother Teresa. Chesterton. How would you like to get these four watershed figures from the 20th century together in one room to hear what they have to say to each other? That’s exactly what happens on October 24th at the Meadows Ballroom in Altoona, Iowa, 6PM to 9PM.
Don’t miss our annual fundraising banquet!
I promise, you have NEVER attended a pro-life fundraising banquet like this. Yes, for your modest admission fee, you’re going to enjoy a fabulous meal. But the real meal is a smorgasbord of provocative creeds presented theatrically in the words of four people who changed the world.
You can reserve a table of eight for $600 and sit with your friends. Or individual seats are $60 each. Seating is limited and ticket sales are off the charts for this year’s event. Please, don’t wait. Support the pro-life movement and order your tickets today at www.IowansforLife.org. We love questions. Call me today with yours: 515-255-4113.
[Maggie DeWitte is Executive Director of Iowans for LIFE, a non-profit pro life organization that embraces all the teachings of the Catholic Church on reproductive issues. IFL is a member of the Natural Journey Alliance, their parent organization.]