To Pope groups, “public” is a dirty word

Sometimes, its hard to figure where the folks on the far right are coming from in their crusade to sell off our public structures to the highest bidder. For some, plain, old-fashioned greed clearly plays a part, but with columns like this recent little doozy from the Pope-Civitas Institute, it’s clear that something else is at work.

And that something is an amazingly warped view of human society.

According to the Pope-Civitas people, the North Carolina Zoo is the “waste of the week.” And, no, it’s not because there’s been some incident of waste or graft; they simply don’t see any public value in the concept of a public zoological park. Here’s how they put it:

“Few would attempt to argue that a core service of state government is to display animals for viewing in our leisure time. The NC Zoo is still another example of something the state compels state taxpayers to subsidize that should instead be financed through voluntary support.”

To which all a body can say in response is: “Says who?”

Who says that it’s not a core service? And more to the point, who says that “to display animals for viewing in our leisure time” is all zoos are about?

Honestly, do these folks pay any attention at all? As even many fourth graders probably understand, there’s a hell of a lot more to zoos and other such institutions than “leisure.” Good lord, the list of important contributions made to human society by zoos — with respect to education, science, research, history, preserving the environment and endangered species, understanding our place on the planet and just plain making life more livable (and in dozens of other areas) — would take all day to spell out.

If anything, we desperately need more public institutions capable of such important accomplishments. What’s next on the Pope-Civitas hit list? Public libraries?

Happily, most average citizens reject this cramped and extreme view of human society in which critics know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Even our conservative Governor — see below — likes the North Carolina Zoo and seems to understand why it’s an important public structure. Let’s hope this latest broadside, like so many others from the Pope-Civitas people, misses its mark harmlessly wide to the right.

Photo: Facebook - "Pat McCrory Tour of North Carolina Zoo"

Photos: Facebook – “Pat McCrory Tour of North Carolina Zoo”






McCrory at zoo2


  1. Alan

    December 18, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    OK, I get it, this was a trick to see if we could spot which one is the primate? Looks to me like there’s a lot more intellect behind the glass than in front of it.

    Seriosuly, Team Civitas are a joke that is so wildly out of touch with reality it’s almost comical, if they weren’t actually serious. I find it hard to fathom that Papa Smurf over at Civitas is really that stupid that he allows this sort of garbage to come out of his so called “think tank”. No wonder it has to rely on his money to operate, nobody with a modicum of intellect could seriously support or fund it.

  2. LayintheSmakDown

    December 18, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Tin…Foil…Crazy…Talk. I guess the trollopus is chomping at the bit to be first in line to put out a crazy comment. One red star for him!

  3. Alan

    December 18, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    LSD, once again, thankyou for your contribution.

  4. HI McDonough

    December 18, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    “What’s next on the Pope-Civitas hit list? Public libraries?”
    Please, don’t give them any ideas.

  5. LayintheSmakDown

    December 18, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    You are welcome….I thought you would like it.

  6. Alan

    December 19, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    No I insist, let me have the last word on this.

  7. LayintheSmakDown

    December 19, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    No problem, go right ahead.

  8. ML

    December 23, 2014 at 10:50 am


  9. LayintheSmakDown

    December 24, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Yes, I enjoy winning for sure!

  10. ML

    December 24, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Civitas employees lose at everything as in life.

  11. LayintheSmakDown

    December 25, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Keep thinking that way….I guess you don’t see how much the progressive view loses in real life.

  12. ML

    December 26, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Yea but you as an indivisible loses. I’m aware how many people have fooled by the conservative/fascist/nazi view but in life we win with compassion and fairness even if our views do not always win. Enjoy your miserable life hating poor people and our African American president.

  13. LayintheSmakDown

    December 29, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    I am certainly glad I am indivisible. And what does the president being AfAm have to do with anything? I certainly agree with compassion, freedom, and fairness. It is the foundation of conservatism, if you actually read up on the view and try to understand then you might come to that realization. Unfortunately you have become caught up in the progressive/communist/fascist movement that spews hate at all who may not hold your view and tries to create division…..hence your AfAm comment when I have never said anything about the color of the man, just his progressive views.

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