By Charlie Deitch
Pittsburgh Current Editor
On March 19, we told you about Fox TV host and judgmental ass-bag, Judge Jeanine Pirro coming to town Thursday April 25 to receive an apparently prestigious award from St. Barnabas Health System. The Award is called the Hance Award, named after St. Barnabas founder, Gouverneur Provoost Hance.
According to the St. Barnabas website the recipients of the Hance Awards are “men and women who represent the visionary leadership, spiritual, compassionate and innovative spirit of the man who founded St. Barnabas in 1900, Gouverneur Provoost Hance. The Hance Award is presented to a person of national acclaim who exemplifies Hance’s ideals of benevolence, patriotism and service to others.”
And while St. Barnabas may see Pirro as benevolent and patriotic, there are others who see her as an Islamophobic, close-minded nightmare who uses her platform to spew hatred. When St. Barnabas announced the award, the Current wrote a piece asking its readers to call the Founder’s Day Event sponsors and let them know about their dissatisfaction. We even looked up the numbers.
The movement caught fire and within a week, some sponsors had pulled out, including giants like UPMC and Dollar Bank. When asked by KDKA TV about comments Pirro makes about muslims, most recently, about Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, saying: “Omar wears the hijab, which according to the Quran 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t get molested,” Pirro said March 10. “Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”
When asked by KDKA about the comments, St. Barnabas spokesman Jim Lauteri said, “She’s entitled to her opinion.” That shouldn’t come as any surprise. St. Barnabas has been honoring white windbags for decades including Rudy Giuliani, William Bennett, Mike Huckabee and scores of others.
But the Pittsburgh branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who previously called on St. Barnabas to dump Pirro, has scheduled a protest for next Thursday April 25 at 5 p.m. at the Marriott North, 100 Cranberry Woods Drive, in Cranberry Township. Other groups involved in the protest include the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network, Thomas Merton Center, Casa San Jose, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance of Pittsburgh, Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, Bend the Arc, Muslim Association of Greater Pittsburgh, Jewish Voice for Peace and Veterans for Peace.