Skip to comments.Baptist, Methodist, Episcopalian and Presbyterian Clergy Participate in Rally for Abortion
Posted on 09/13/2016 6:56:35 PM PDT by Morgana
Many Judeo-Christian leaders speak out against abortion, but the few who advocate for abortion often are the ones who get the most media attention.
On Monday in Kentucky, pro-abortion clergy held a rally at the State Capitol to advocate for abortion and other issues, the State-Journal reports. The event was called the Higher Ground Moral Day of Action, and it was held in conjunction with other rallies nation-wide.
Led by clergy, the event highlighted the upcoming election and called on candidates and elected officials to uphold the most sacred moral principles of our faith and constitutional values. These included the economic liberation of all people; ensuring every child receives access to quality education; healthcare access for all; criminal justice reform; and ensuring historically marginalized communities have equal protection under the law, according to the declaration.
Among other issues, the declaration called for the defense of abortion as health care and a womans right. In this way, the declaration omitted unborn babies from its call to stand against systemic racism, classism, poverty, xenophobia, and any attempt to promote hate towards any members of the human family.
About 100 people attended the Kentucky rally, including Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians, Jews and Presbyterians, according to the report. While abortion was mentioned, the state rally focused more on criminal justice reform, marriage and gender issues. Similar events were held in about 30 other cities on Monday, the report states.
The Judeo-Christian faiths teach that every human life is sacred because he/she is created in the image of God. However, some sects and clergy have strayed from the teaching by promoting abortion, which destroys an innocent human life in the womb.
In 2014, two pro-abortion Reverends, Dr. Alethea Smith-Withers and Harry Knox, wrote a column for the Washington Post arguing that people of faith should not oppose abortion.
Decisions about reproduction are morally complex, they wrote. And clergy do not always use Bible verses as political weapons a misrepresentation too often promoted in the media. The wisdom found in our faith traditions is rich, nuanced, and rarely absolute. Here is the good news: Most people of faith in the United States support access to compassionate abortion care.
Polls do not support their statement. A 2016 Gallup poll found a majority of Protestants, Catholics and Mormons believe that abortion is not morally acceptable. However, a majority of Jewish responders said abortion is morally acceptable.
Recently, one Christian denomination with a historically pro-abortion stance also decided to change. In May, United Methodists voted to end their affiliation with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, which advocates for abortion on demand.
UM Action Director and Elected General Conference Delegate John Lomperis commented: This is a necessary and good step towards affirming that the unborn are persons of sacred worth. This also shows the UMC moving away from other liberal, declining, mainline denominations to embrace a new faithful, global identity.
These people, who claim to be shepherds, are wolves in sheep’s clothing and themselves are suffering from, and perpetrating a strong delusion on their flocks.
I didn't think that ANY Christian minister would DARE to speak out FOR the heinous, satanic murder of God's most INNOCENT.
SHAME ON THEM!
They say they are Christians, but they aren’t. They support the killing of God’s children.
About 100 people attended the Kentucky rally, including Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians, Jews and Presbyterians, according to the report...
Dont even know really what four out of those five groups are.
I dont throw stones. We Catholics have had our own issues with our priests. But it does strike me as odd, being pro abortion and Christian.
This is why I can’t get people from local churches to protest and pray out front of abortion clinics. I’ve been trying to tell you all for years now. Am I finally getting through?
Now do you all understand? Do you feel my pain now?
This blows. That’s all I can say.
“We Catholics have had our own issues with our priests.”
You don’t say.
You’re preaching to the choir here, dear. You ought to know that by now.
What kind of “Baptists” are these? There are several groups using the word.
Heretics. Judgment begins with the church.
When a church or synagogue goes off the rails, it often first attacks the most fundamental Biblical teachings right away. As if demon- possessed ........
It isn't ODD, being pro abortion and Christian. It's hypocritical. I believe that Christian women who deliberately had an abortion are killing God's youngest and MOST innocent of creation: babies.
Those women and doctors will have a reckoning one day. It won't be pretty.
That was my next question. If these are Southern Baptist pastors representing the viewpoint of their congregations . .those churches should be dropped as members of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Great post Cloud. I’d be HORRIFIED to see roman catholic priests marching in a pro abortion rally.
It’ like Christianity 101, no abortions.
Not Southern Baptists.
There is a pretty wide range of Baptists. My church is (conservative) Southern Baptist, never to be mistaken for, say, the (lunatic) Westboro Baptist Church. Yikes.
That's the strange part. These pro-abortion statements are always enshrined in ornate rhetoric about human rights, justice, and "no hate" toward "any member of the human family. "
They don't see the morally imbecilic self-contradiction.
Sin makes you stupid.
Any “pastor” or “priest” who advocates for abortion does NOT follow the same God I do. PERIOD.
Doesn’t give names or churches. Could be individual lay baptists, or liars. I’ve met “baptists” who haven’t set foot in a church in decades.
They are followers of Molloch, whether they know it or not.
What’s wrong with these churchmen?
Don’t they know the Commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.”?
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