By Judie Brown
Some years ago a friend exclaimed to me that she realized the huge difference between religion and actual faith in God. She had discovered that some folks say they are religious but have no actual faith in the Lord. I agreed, and this week I found a stunning example that underscores her point to a tee!
The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that “Christian faith is not a ‘religion of the book.’” It is rather “the religion of the ‘Word’ of God, a word which is ‘not a written and mute word, but the Word which is incarnate and living.’” In short, it is Christ who is the Word of God.
My point is this: When USA Today focuses on six women who claim to be religious leaders who are also focused on abortion rights, we can see that these are women who have lost their sense of our Lord and His teachings. For the record, I will give you a thumbnail sketch of each because they are today’s crop of treacherous feminist spokeswomen. They are deceivers.
And similar to the father of lies himself, there is no truth in them.
Reverend Cindy Bumb—a retired United Church of Christ minister—is among a group of religious leaders who signed on to a lawsuit suing the state of Missouri for regulating abortion. The lawsuit alleges that the state law—HB 126—violates religious freedom. But trigger law HB126 permits abortion in cases of “medical emergency,” which means literally that if a doctor is asked to abort a child, even when a heartbeat is detected, all he has to do is claim that a medical emergency exists.
Rabbi Susan Talve has, according to her biographical sketch, “led her congregation in promoting radical inclusivity” by alliances with groups such as the abortion cartel and the LGBTQ community.
Catholics for Choice president Jamie Manson has spent the last decade “challenging the hierarchy’s teachings on women’s ordination, contraceptive access, abortion, religious liberty and LGBTQ issues. She has won over a dozen awards from the Catholic Press Association and is a three-time winner of the Religious News Writers Association’s (RNA) award for the Commentary of the Year.”
National Council of Jewish Women CEO Sheila Katz “spearheaded the creation of Jews for Abortion Access, and the launch of ‘Rabbis for Repro,’ a network of more than 2,000 Jewish clergy teaching and preaching about reproductive justice and Judaism.”
Aliza Kazmi is a Muslim whose position is that a majority of Muslim women support abortion as well as other forms of so-called reproductive healthcare.
And finally Rev. Katey Zeh is a Baptist minister and the chief executive officer of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. She is working to dismantle the abortion “stigma” that she claims affects many women in our society today. Zeh recently said, “Abortion always happens within the context of a person’s full life; why would we talk about it as an ‘issue’ and not as the human reality that it is?”
Each of these women is publicly identified as a religious leader as well as a female advocate for the killing of the innocent, something that the media is all too willing to propagate. At the same time, the women and men who welcome the preborn child, reach out to aid expectant mothers and their children, and strive to eliminate abortion are nearly always ignored.
It is therefore not surprising to see the mainstream media and even religious news outlets report that most Americans support restrictions on abortion, but nobody reports that such attitudes are deadly. Limiting direct killing of the innocent is not an option. The reasons are simple:
- Every abortion kills a person.
- Every abortion harms the expectant mother because after abortion she becomes the mother of a dead child.
- Every abortion damages the family.
Restricting the wickedness of killing a baby is an oxymoron, but rarely does anyone point that out!
Where there is no faith in the creative power of God, the gift of life, and the blessing of children, there is no truth regardless of what the media would have us believe. People such as the six women noted here who promote the taking of a precious human life are religious counterfeits.
They epitomize Screwtape’s comment that “the safest road to hell is the gradual one.”