Some strange goings on out in New York, from the Times Union.
Seems that in the town of Schenectady, some “clergy” got together to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the bloodletting started by Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. According to the article, the “clergy” called the abortion facility “sacred ground.”
Rev. Larry Phillips of Schenectady’s Emmanuel-Friedens Church, of the United Church of Christ, Rabbi Matt Cutler of Temple Gates of Heaven , The Rev. Bill Levering, senior pastor of First Reformed Church of Schenectady, and a Rev. Abby Norton-Levering (not sure from where) were listed as the “clergy” present.
Note: I use the quotes around “clergy” because while the secondary definition of “clergy” is “the official or sacerdotal class of a non-Christian religion,” the primary definition is “a group ordained to perform pastoral or sacerdotal functions in a Christian church.” Accordingly, I find it difficult to call someone who celebrates the deaths of millions of innocent children “clergy.” Maybe it’s that secondary definition that’s in play here, because celebrating death sounds like a pagan practice to me.
I found it especially ironic that a Jewish rabbi would be involved in this, since one of the reasons God had the Israelites drive the Canaanites out of the Promised Land was because of their violent and abhorrent practices that included child sacrifice. Those involved everything from burning children alive to burying infants alive inside the walls of a house to “bless” it. If these “clergy” are blessing this abortuary and calling it “sacred ground,” then it definitely sounds more like paganism than the worship of the Judeo-Christian God.
I’m not the only one who saw something wrong with this picture:
Kathleen Gallagher of the New York State Catholic Conference called the blessing hypocritical.
“My gut reaction is that it’s two-faced,” Gallagher said. “For many years abortion proponents have been saying this is not a religious issue, you should keep religion out of this, and now all of a sudden they turn around and decide to bless an abortion clinic to gain respect for a procedure everybody knows is not worthy of respect.”
Don’t we hear that all the time from pro-abortionists? If any argument is “tainted” in the slightest bit by a religious conviction, it must therefore be summarily rejected. I guess with the Left, religion is just a tool to justify the ideas of men, rather than a means of finding truth.
I found this part of the article interesting:
The Rev. Bill Levering, senior pastor of First Reformed Church of Schenectady, said the right to privacy is endowed by God.
“There are some decisions that are left to the individual. Even God respects the right of privacy. We make women into children when we say they cannot control their own bodies,” Levering said.
God respects women’s right of privacy, huh? Does God respect my right of privacy to beat my wife? Does God respect my right of privacy to abuse and kill my 10 year old daughter and my 5 year old son? When a woman aborts her unborn child, she’s killing her child, not cutting off a mole or a tumor. A tumor doesn’t have a beating heart, nor does it have DNA that is distinct from the woman’s. But her unborn child does.
Does God respect my right to have sex with whoever I want under any circumstances? Does God respect my right to get drunk, use drugs and/or mutilate my body? We don’t even have an absolute right to our bodies that supersedes God’s authority.
Man, this kind of gobbldygook doesn’t even pass a layman’s smell test, much less someone who should have their act together, theologically!
God has spoken not only to murder, assault, sexual immorality and intoxication, but also to life in the womb, the preciousness of children, and the fact that we are accountable to God for our every action, without regard for privacy. There IS no privacy with God, because he knows and judges every action we take, whether another person sees it or not–whether it even affects another person or not.
If “clergy” like this don’t get their hearts right before they pass into eternity, I suspect there may be a section of Hell reserved for them where the thermostat is turned up a high as it’ll go.