Sounds good to The Motley Monk…but not. The prayer rally involved “blessing” a local Planned Parenthood facility.
Why? According to the Rev. Young, the blessing was necessary due to the “misguided faith” of pro-life Christians.
Sounding much like one particular candidate for the 2016 Democratic nomination for the presidency, the Rev. Young said:
Women are being attacked at a moral level by the radical Religious Right. They’ve hijacked the political discussion. This event is an opportunity for progressive religious leaders to stop the silence. We need to be in the conversation.
It breaks my heart to know women are sitting in pews across the country feeling shamed, believing that they’re cursed for making this decision. That’s a question I get a lot on the phone, “Am I going to hell?” When God instead is there to support women through it all.
- a woman who commits adultery?
- a woman who lies?
- a woman who commits cold-blooded murder?
And the list goes on...for men, too.
Christianity teaches that God is there to welcome back the repentant sinner, not to support people as they perpetrate evil. Furthermore, if abortion isn’t a sin but a lawful choice, why should anyone have any fear whatsoever of “going to Hell”?
Christianity, like most faiths, is founded on love. Watching protesters shouting judgment and hate based on what they call religion is horrible. Is that loving God? Is that loving your neighbor as yourself?
Not unusual, even from a liberal female Christian minister.
But, it wasn’t just the Rev. Young who was present at the prayer rally to bless the Planned Parenthood facility. “Concelebrating” alongside her were female ministers representing the United Methodist and Episcopalian denominations.
In a joint statement, the clergywomen said:
As faith leaders committed to justice, honesty, and liberty, we are troubled by the decades-long campaign of harassment against Planned Parenthood and those they serve. Our faiths demand care for those marginalized by poverty and other oppressions. Faith leaders have supported Planned Parenthood for nearly 100 years because of our shared goals: every person—regardless of income, race, or religion—deserves access to safe, affordable, high-quality healthcare.
The clergywomen’s conclusion?
Our religious traditions call us to offer compassion, not judgment. People who work for Planned Parenthood give care and respect to those in need, doing God’s work. For this we are grateful.
“Doing God’s work”? Is it true that God created children just so they can be murdered in utero and tossed into the wastebasket, trashbin, or have their body parts harvested and sold to the highest bidder through the auspicies of Planned Parenthood? Is it true that God doesn't love those children because they aren't human until the time of their mother's choice?
Is it possible that even though the Rev. Young and her concelebrants ignore the Ten Commandments and are urging their congregants to do the same, it’s not so easy for a mother to do unless a she ignores her rightful feelings of guilt and shame?
Perhaps those feelings indicate that those mothers have a conscience, which does make judgments when it comes to having perpetrated evil.
Let the discussion begin…
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