Garrison Keillor keynoting Catholic Education Association confab. Right wingers outraged


Labeling the Bard of Anoka "Pro-Abort Garrison Keillor," a right-wing Christian news Web site is getting worked up about the "Prairie Home Companion" host being asked to deliver the keynote address to the National Catholic Education Association's annual convention in April.

Keillor himself might say that what these folks at need is more ketchup. Ketchup, he'd tell them, contains natural mellowing agents that keep the impossible questions at bay. Maybe with a little ketchup on their table, they wouldn't write stories that begin like this:

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."

Clearly, the folks at NCEA keep ketchup on their table. Here's their mellower take:

Garrison Keillor, host of the long-running radio show A Prairie Home Companion, will give a keynote address at the 2010 NCEA convention on Wednesday, April 7 at 9 a.m. Keillor is known for the coupling of his shy, introspective persona with a sharp wit and keen sense of humor. His small-town wisdom and warm observations of everyday life have endeared him to millions in the US and around the world.

Parallel universe? Discuss.