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Monday, July 17, 2006

Targeting Churches

Pandagon has a piece on the actions of Operation Save America and their protests at the last abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi. The group has also taken to targeting churches apparently.

Anti-Racist Action was "asked by the Unitarian Universalist Church to provide protection during their Sunday service from Operation Save America (previously known as Operation Rescue)."

They "came bearing 10 foot signs of an aborted fetus, set up a speaker on a tripod, and began yelling (from across the street) about how we’re all going to burn in hell because we allow 50 million unborn children to die in the U.S. alone. Many read from the bible at length."

They "told us they wanted to save us from the depths of hell (by turning to Jesus, of course) and called us cowards and shameful when we wore our bandanas as face masks (even though almost all of them had either a digital camcorder or a camera)"

If one wonders how the name of Christianity has sunk so low for so many, actions like these might explain it. When it comes to the culture war the lines are not "secularist" versus religious, rather the line cuts right through the church.


At 7:29 PM , Blogger The Cubicle Reverend said...

That is the strangest thing I have heard in a long time. I don't get it. I really don't.

At 3:37 AM , Blogger Art said...

I don't get it either. It's very close to Fred Phelps' goons holding up signs saying "God hates fags". The last line in the post, though, reminds me of what Alexandr Solzhenitsyn said "…the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either, but right through every human heart…"

At 1:48 PM , Blogger Doug Stych said...

It's so sad, every human being on the planet would want to live in a world where every child conceived was a wanted child. I don't know how to bring that out, but I'm pretty sure that hatred and casting judgement is not the path to follow.

At 10:13 AM , Anonymous The Hastati said...

While I don't think it was smart to harrass people, they have a point. You would be upset and protesting if 50 million people were slaughtered by who knows who.

They should have handled this demonstration a lot more...subtly.

That doesn't make the cause wrong, just those who fight for it. Just because a cause is noble does not mean those who fight for it asre.

At 12:06 PM , Blogger Charles Rathmann said...

The abortion issue is a tough one for me. The issue itself is one challenge. The tactics employed by some are entirely another.

The tactics of the most confrontationalist anti-abortion groups may be in some cases comparable to some of the more vitriolic anti-war protesters. Picture this comparison in your mind for a moment and I think you will agree that abortion foes are not the only ones to use the term "baby-killer."

I know soldiers who have killed and grappled with deep fellings of guilt as a result, and had trouble being reconciled to God. I also know women who have had abortions who have gone through the exact same thing. The confrontational tactics of the anti-war and anti-abortion protesters do little to heal this breach, either before or after the acts in question.

Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone -- or the first epithet.

And I really dig Art's Solzhenitsyn quote ...

In the Light of Christ,
~ Charles Rathmann


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