Friday, November 23, 2012

The Life Institute AKA Team America

Ah the Life Institute. One of the many anti-choice organisations to come snaking out of 60a Capel Street, along with Youth Defence, the Mother and Child Campaign, and the Pro-Life Alliance. That building is like a big anti-choice Hydra. I swear if you chopped off one of its lying heads another one would spring into place screaming "LOOK AT THE BABY!"

So when Geoff offered to send me the stats he had collected about their @lifeinstitute Twitter account, I said why yes please kind sir. I'm not one to turn down an opportunity to snark on one of Ireland's infinitely annoying extremist anti-choice groups, especially when they're claiming to represent the views of the majority of people in this country and have taken to harassing TDs by bombarding them with phonecalls.

Here's what I learned about their Twitter fanbase.

Well now, would you look at that? It would appear that Irish accounts aren't all that interested in what the Life Institute have to say, and they themselves aren't particularly pushed about what Irish people have to say, either.

Look what happens when you take the descriptions of their followers and turn them into a Wordle.

Click to enlarge, unless you have bionic eyes.

My. What a diverse and eclectic mix of people with such varying interests.

I'd also like to show you a few of the descriptions themselves:

Born in the USA! The best things in life: Adonai, family, friends, milk chocolate, jet planes and a 9mm semi automatic. 

Constitution lovin, NRA, Conservative, sarcastic, Hillbilly, Redneck, Oath Keeper, Military loving, father, grandfather, dirty ol' man. 

 #Christian #PROLIFE #ISRAEL #NRA #Glock #Texas #USMC 85-95. #Indiana #IARNG 97-01. #Texan by birth #Marine by choice. #infidel. Follow or RT ≠ Endorsement 

Wow. I don't even have to do anything to make fun of them. Pro-life AND pro-gun. 

And just because it's hilarious, here's a recent tweet from one of the accounts followed by the Life Institute:

Peacefully grant the State of North Carolina to withdraw from the United States and create its own NEW government

You guys.


  1. Living in the states, and particularly in a liberal city in a very conservative state, it makes me want to scream, and it is an embarrassment. If you come to the states, and watch "reality" tv, these are the people you see. White, uneducated people who revel in their ignorance and strong opinions about these issues. I guarantee you they say they want less government, yet also want the government to get involved in a woman's reproductive rights.

    My state had a man running for office (Todd Akin) who when asked about abortion in the case of rape, said in all seriousness, the female body has ways "to shut that whole thing down." I am shocked he didn't win. Early on election night, he was leading. Thank God the two liberal and fairly large cities here were able to "shut that whole thing down."

  2. I studied statistics in college. I know you didn't. I'll help you. The reason the Irish following is so small is because we are comparing it to America... Who have a population of 312 million. And the Irish population is 4.5 million. So for 10% of the followers to be from a country that has a tiny little population like Ireland (compared to the USA) its pretty clear they do care. And America have messed up gun laws and everyone knows that.. So don't try tie that to pro life mentality because you wont find many of the Irish pro lifers who want guns.

    Also if people should chose to have an abortion why can't they chose to carry guns. Are u pro choice for everything or just some things?

  3. Anonymous 2 - *slow clap* Way to miss the point entirely. Back under your bridge now, run along.

  4. "Also if people should chose to have an abortion why can't they chose to carry guns. Are u pro choice for everything or just some things?"

    I wonder does Anonymous 2 fall over a lot.

  5. I missing something here. Might be due to the fact that neither of you cant construct a useful sentence. What is the point you are trying to make in your comments?

  6. Neither of you can construct!! Just wana correct that because I know you take every chance you get to dance all over things like that.

    I just feel from reading this blog that you think everyone should have an opinion except individuals who are pro life. Can you not see that these pro life organisations that push their ideas on you are so similar to you... As all you do is try force your ideas on them.

  7. lol. '...neither of you cant construct a useful sentence'.

    Nice bit of 'construction' there yourself anon.


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