Illinois Catholics call off keynote by Stupak

Wanted: a new keynote speaker for the third annual Illinois Catholics Prayer Breakfast next month. Why? Michigan Representative Bart Stupak, hailed last fall for proposing an amendment that would impose tight restrictions on abortions, has been disinvited. Prayer breakfast organizers cite his compromise on Sunday to settle for an executive order that would aim to do the same. Michael Sullivan, president of the Illinois Catholic Prayer Breakfast, said organizers could not give Stupak a platform in good conscience. “An executive order is kind of like a light switch,” Sullivan said. “Whoever is in Washington can turn it on and turn it off. It doesn’t offer adequate protection for the unborn.”