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The 'blessing' of abortion Katherine Ragsdale and the worship of "me, me, me"
WORLD ^ | 5/9/09 | Marvin Olasky

Posted on 04/25/2009 3:51:47 AM PDT by rhema

"Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Let me hear you say it: abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done."

That was the Rev. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale in 2007, repetitiously inciting her disciples to be not just pro-choice but fanatically pro-abortion. This is significant because, according to standard journalistic stylebooks, Ragsdale does not exist. We're told that pro-choice folks don't like abortion; they're just trying to help a woman facing tragedy.

Ragsdale, though, says abortion is a "blessing," and not only in harsh situations but good ones: "When a woman becomes pregnant within a loving, supportive, respectful relationship; has every option open to her; decides she does not wish to bear a child; and has access to a safe, affordable abortion—there is not a tragedy in sight—only blessing. The ability to enjoy God's good gift of sexuality without compromising one's education, life's work, or ability to put to use God's gifts and call is simply blessing."

Ragsdale is in the news because of a plum appointment: On July 1 she is scheduled to become president of Episcopal Divinity School, a major seminary near Harvard that was founded in 1974 when two venerable divinity schools (founded in 1858 and 1867) merged.

Hear some more of Ragsdale's statement to her troops: "I want to thank all of you who protect this blessing—who do this work every day: the health care providers, doctors, nurses, technicians, receptionists, who put your lives on the line to care for others (you are heroes—in my eyes, you are saints); the escorts and the activists; the lobbyists and the clinic defenders; all of you. You're engaged in holy work."

Ragsdale is a member of the board of NARAL Pro-Choice America and for eight years chaired the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Rights. Nevertheless, calling abortion "holy work" seemed so over-the-top that WORLD called Ragsdale to ask whether a fanatic had taken her name in a variant of identity theft. Ragsdale acknowledged that the words were hers and that she still identified abortion with "blessing." She said, though, that she had pulled that speech off her website because it was "creating an occasion for sin" as readers posted critical comments. She also said she's "really busy and can't keep up with the comments coming in."

How has Ragsdale developed her position? I looked on her website at sermons that remain. In 2005 she asked -rhetorically why pro-lifers did not look at pro-aborts "with tolerance and respect." She then said, "The answer to that question is that in this arena it is women who must make the final decision and that you do not respect the moral agency (or full personhood) of women simply because we are women." Convenient: It's not about life; it's about sexism.

But go back further, to an Easter sermon in 2003 when she said that the Resurrection may never have happened. (Paul wrote to the Corinthians, "If Christ has not been raised, our faith is futile . . . we are of all people most to be pitied.") And go back further to Easter 2002: "The suffering and death of Jesus, according to the theory of the Atonement, pays for our sins and buys our salvation. It's an interesting theory, but not one that I find compelling."

Some denominations have cracked open on issues of homosexual ordination, but the fissure began long before, when clerics put God on trial and chose which doctrines they found compelling. In 2003, proclaiming her lesbianism, Ragsdale took aim at those who say that "we can't help being gay—the old take pity, have mercy, argument. You know, the one that concludes with a plaintive—who would choose this? Let me answer that with three words: Me! Me! Me!"

The tragedy of abortion is bad enough, but the origin of the tragedy, and so many others of our time, emerges from worship not of Christ but of "me, me, me." Katherine Ragsdale may show this tendency in a heightened form, but all of us display it to some degree. May God have mercy on her, on her students, and on all of us.


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1 posted on 04/25/2009 3:51:48 AM PDT by rhema
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To: rhema

What an awful creature this woman is. I would hope there would be some negative reaction from Episcopalians about this appointment (but I doubt it - most Christian Episcopalians have probably already separated from that group).


2 posted on 04/25/2009 4:02:40 AM PDT by livius
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To: rhema

And in England, her salary would be paid for by the State. Soon in America.


3 posted on 04/25/2009 4:03:12 AM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: rhema

Satan works in not-so-mysterious ways.


4 posted on 04/25/2009 4:22:25 AM PDT by pnh102 (Save America - Ban Ethanol Now!)
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To: rhema

Liberalism is a mental illness Liberalism is a mental illness Liberalism is a mental illness Liberalism is a mental illness Liberalism is a mental illness Liberalism is a mental illness


5 posted on 04/25/2009 4:23:29 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (liberalism destroys the lives of those who believe most deeply in it)
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To: rhema

You’re engaged in holy work.


I can’t imagine the hell that awaits her.


6 posted on 04/25/2009 4:57:28 AM PDT by kenth
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To: rhema
She said, though, that she had pulled that speech off her website because it was "creating an occasion for sin" as readers posted critical comments.

"Liberal victim." How good of her to be concerned!

7 posted on 04/25/2009 4:59:12 AM PDT by Tax-chick (O hai. Do I need you for something right now?)
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To: pnh102

Is a sign of blessing and great favor that God allows us to see this horror for what it is.


8 posted on 04/25/2009 5:09:51 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Tax-chick

I wouldn’t want to be standing next to this lady.


9 posted on 04/25/2009 5:11:08 AM PDT by cyborg (Apple iPhone Addict)
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To: rhema

We’re all in big trouble when demons no longer need to be subtle.


10 posted on 04/25/2009 5:18:03 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast ( AR2, Overdue! = American Revolution II...Overdue.)
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To: rhema
Woe unto them who call good evil and evil good.
11 posted on 04/25/2009 5:18:08 AM PDT by Desdemona (Tolerance of grave evil is NOT a Christian virtue. http://www.thekingsmen.us/)
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To: Tax-chick
KatherineRagsdale

Her wiki entry says she is an "Episcopal Priestess" and she is also the director of "Political Research Associates".

Political Research Associates "studies the U.S. political right wing, as well as white supremacists, and paramilitary organizations. It has a full-time staff of six."

I wonder if she's a friend of Janet Napolitano's?

12 posted on 04/25/2009 5:21:52 AM PDT by Dinah Lord (fighting the Islamofascist Jihad - one keystroke at a time...)
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To: Dinah Lord

for some reason, though i’d never seen a pic, i pictured her looking exactly like this....


13 posted on 04/25/2009 5:23:58 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: rhema
Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done

WTF?? Apparently lots of people agree with her or she would not be where she is now.
14 posted on 04/25/2009 5:42:34 AM PDT by wafflehouse (RE-ELECT NO ONE !)
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To: Dinah Lord

That’s a man, baby!


15 posted on 04/25/2009 6:59:58 AM PDT by Inspectorette
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To: livius

She will have to answer for her sins if not in this life in the next.

The first time that I noticed the shift from “pro choice” to agressively pro abortion was when Hilary attended the “Celebration” of Roe V Wade and they toasted with champaigne and celebrated.

It takes a cold hearted amoral person to actually celebrate the killing of any of God’s creatures but especially the most vulnerable, unborn children.

Leftists care less what is good for this threesome. You see three lives are entertwined for ever when a pregnancy occurs. If they cared anything for any of the three involved, they would try and prevent the need for abortions. Abortions are as necessary as blood letting was.

If abortions were no big deal, the women who have abortions would feel no remorse and have no lasting affects. Tne arrogance of radical baby killers astounds me.


16 posted on 04/25/2009 7:10:08 AM PDT by ODDITHER (HAT)
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To: Inspectorette

I believe I read somewhere that she is openly lesbian.

Lord have mercy upon us.


17 posted on 04/25/2009 7:17:58 AM PDT by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: cyborg

Nope. She looks like a pro wrestler!


18 posted on 04/25/2009 7:19:49 AM PDT by Tax-chick (O hai. Do I need you for something right now?)
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To: livius

How do the institutions of the ecusa get away with this time and again? There isn’t one thing left about that church that isn’t corrupted, out of touch with reality and criminally neglectful of the great commission set forth by christ.


19 posted on 04/25/2009 7:27:25 AM PDT by x_plus_one ("Salvation comes about though change in individual lives, not through the ending of unjust society")
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To: rhema

I Googled “Kathrine Ragsdale” and my computer started smoking with the smell of sulfer. I quickly logged off! God help the USA!


20 posted on 04/25/2009 7:39:15 AM PDT by jesseam (Been there and done that!)
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To: rhema

How soon before abortion becomes a sacrament?


21 posted on 04/25/2009 8:04:45 AM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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To: ODDITHER
The first time that I noticed the shift from “pro choice” to agressively pro abortion was when Hilary attended the “Celebration” of Roe V Wade and they toasted with champaigne and celebrated.

Yes, I'd forgotten that ugly moment. I have always felt that abortion was the left's "sacrament," that is, the killing of unborn children or its gleeful acceptance is the foundational act of the left or the requirement for membership in its ranks.

23 posted on 04/25/2009 8:19:18 AM PDT by livius
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To: ODDITHER

This is not unlike what happened regarding slavery when the abolitionist movement emerged.

Southern slaveholders shifted from regarding slavery as a necessary evil that would gradually wither and die to an absolute good for the proper functioning of society.

“Gradual post-nati emancipation” was the “safe, legal and rare” of the early 19th century.


24 posted on 04/25/2009 8:51:19 AM PDT by Loyalist (Why should same-sex marriage be limited to people of the same sex?)
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To: ODDITHER

There are some who really don’t have any remorse. They are the environuts who see the killing of babies as a way to “save the planet”.


25 posted on 04/25/2009 8:54:23 AM PDT by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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To: rhema

incredible

buh bye to any pretense that the Episcopal church offers blessings to its adherents


26 posted on 04/25/2009 11:28:06 AM PDT by silverleaf (We live in interesting times: now the entire IRS works for a tax evader)
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To: rhema
"Rev. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale"

These are sick and confusing times. I don't believe what I read here, although I shouldn't be surprised. When Pastors tell the flock that abortion is God's holy work then we have sunk far past the point that should have been allowed. My concern is that when these insane remarks are not confronted then the younger generation will think that this is normal, even for the clergy.

We must fight back!

27 posted on 04/25/2009 11:36:45 AM PDT by c21sac (Live,Love & eat sushi)
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29 posted on 04/25/2009 4:51:02 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: rhema

Well, she’ll be repeating her mantra in Hell.


30 posted on 04/25/2009 5:49:09 PM PDT by pray4liberty (Always vote for life!)
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To: rhema

Thoroughly disgusting. As an ex-pastor of another apostate denomination I am horrified what female clergy, (I lived with it for a while,so I know), have done to the Church. Seems the very Gates of Hell are knocking on its doors. Christ is my Lord and I’ll never support any institutional church again. Some of you might think “this church” or “that church” has it right. Let me assure you as termites are revealed when a board is ripped up, so it has become in even “good” churches, the spirit of Anti-Christ is at work deep inside that church, out of sight, biding its time.


31 posted on 04/25/2009 9:22:07 PM PDT by pankot
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To: LibFreeOrDie

For the ancient Canaanites throwing babies into the fire on the altar of their pagan god Moloch. Isaiah 57:5, Jeremiah 7:30-33, many other places. A great abomination leading to damnation. Wonder if this foolish woman ever read the Bible?


32 posted on 04/25/2009 9:43:18 PM PDT by pankot
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