Thursday, January 24, 2008

Upside Down

~Does this not send chills down your spine? Clergy bless abortion clinic as "sacred ground" from CNA
Religious leaders in favor of abortion gathered on Tuesday to bless an abortion clinic in support of the Roe v. Wade ruling, the Supreme Court decision that mandated legalized abortion nationwide. One Catholic leader described the ceremony as “two-faced”.

Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Linda Scharf described the purpose of the event at a new 18,000 square-foot building to the Albany-based Times Union, saying, “It’s a blessing to demonstrate the support of the clergy.”

She said that clergy had long supported Planned Parenthood and the right “to make a personal decision based on their moral beliefs.”

"The clergy were instrumental in getting abortion services legalized in the United States and right here in Schenectady," she added. "I know a member of the clergy who was part of an underground who directed young women to safe abortions before Roe v. Wade."

Governor Eliot Spitzer, Lt. Governor David Paterson, and first lady Silda Wall Spitzer also affirmed their support for Roe v. Wade in a statement.

According to the Albany Times Union, Rev. Larry Phillips of Schenectady's Emmanuel-Friedens Church declared the ground "sacred and holy ... where women's voices and stories are welcomed, valued and affirmed; sacred ground where women are treated with dignity, supported in their role as moral decision-makers ... sacred ground where the violent voices of hatred and oppression are quelled."

Another minister prayed that the clinic be made a place of safety with a sense of sanctuary. A rabbi blew a religious musical instrument called a shofar “as a renewal of commitment” to “reproductive rights.”

All participants laid their hands on the building as another minister declared, “This is sacred ground.”
How do you bless something intrinsically evil? What effect does the "laying on of hands" have? Did they perchance invoke the Holy Spirit in "blessing" the clinic? I am sure that when these clergy persons called it "sacred ground" they weren't thinking of the sense of the ground hallowed by the precious blood spilled there--babies martyred on the altar of 'choice'.


dim bulb said...

Woe to those who tug at guilt with cords of perversity, and at sin as if with cart ropes!

To those who say, "Let him make haste and speed his work, that we may see it; On with the plan of the Holy One of Israel! let it come to pass, that we may know it!"

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil, who change darkness into light, and light into darkness, who change bitter into sweet, and sweet into bitter!

Woe to those who are wise in their own sight, and prudent in their own esteem!... as the tongue of fire licks up stubble, as dry grass shrivels in the flame, Even so their root shall become rotten and their blossom scatter like dust; For they have spurned the law of the LORD of hosts, and scorned the word of the Holy One of Israel.

Therefore the wrath of the LORD blazes against his people, he raises his hand to strike them; When the mountains quake, their corpses shall be like refuse in the streets. For all this, his wrath is not turned back, and his hand is still outstretched. (Is 5)

Dan said...

Once Archbishop Fulton Sheen was on a flight during Lent to give a mission somewhere.
Being a Friday His Excellency asked the stewardess for just some water and crackers for lunch.
There was a pretty young woman sitting next to the bishop who ordered the same thing.
Soon Archbishop Sheen struck up a conversation with the woman.
She asked him why he only was eating a meagre meal of crackers and water. He responded that he was fasting for Lent.
The pretty young girl's face burst into a big smile and she responded that she too was fasting, "for an increase of abortions".
Kyrie Eleison.