Religious Liberals: Who’s Kermit Gosnell?
As everyone who reads Stand Firm is aware, there is plenty of guilt and shame to go around regarding the Kermit Gosnell case. It starts with Philadelphia’s own Josef Mengele wannabe and his assistants, but the bloody pool is spreading wider by the day. Among the enablers:
•The Pennsylvania Department of Health, which in 1993 essentially stopped regulating abortion clinics.
•Former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge, a Republican who in 1993 signed the executive order that left the Keystone State exercising more regulatory control over women’s hair salons than abortion clinics.
•Leni Riefenstahl, Inc., the propaganda arm of the pro-abortion movement, which has been completely AWOL on the Gosnell trial–one centered on a man called by an LRI employee, Terry Moran of ABC’s Nightline, “probably the most successful serial killer in the history of the world.” After being publicly shamed for dereliction of duty by liberal USA Today columnist Kirsten Powers last Thursday, some of the weasels from LRI (the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, to be precise) have apparently deigned to send a reporter to the courtroom today. I hope the testimony and evidence doesn’t spoil their lunch.
There are more, but my focus for the moment is on the deafening silence of the mainline churches. Keep in mind that these are organizations that do not hesitate to comment on and seek to exploit for their political or other ends any high-profile disaster or tragedy that comes their way. Four months after the Newtown massacre, for example, they continue to use that horrible event (often in ways that betray an appalling ignorance of the technological, legal, and cultural questions involved) to advocate for the registration, limitation, regulation, and eventual confiscation of a host of guns. Indeed, if Kermit Gosnell had used an AK-15 to gun down seven children and an adult woman on Broad Street, you can bet that the usual suspects would be all over it. As it is, I did a check for reaction–any reaction, even just an expression of sorrow for the losses of the people–and this is what I found:
•The National Council of Churches: no references on their web site to Kermit Gosnell
•The Episcopal Church and Episcopal News Service: no references on their web site to Kermit Gosnell
•The United Methodist Church, United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, and UM News: no references on their web site to Kermit Gosnell
•The Presbyterian Church (USA) and Presbyterian News Service: no references on their web site to Kermit Gosnell
•The United Church of Christ: no references on their web site to Kermit Gosnell
•The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): no references on their web site to Kermit Gosnell
•The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: no references on their web site to Kermit Gosnell
And a few others one might have expected to have taken some notice of mass killing:
•Sojourners, whose leadership is allegedly pro-life: no references on their web site to Kermit Gosnell
•Christian Century: no references on their web site to Kermit Gosnell
•Liberal Catholic publication Commonweal: no references on their web site to Kermit Gosnell since 2011
•Liberal National Catholic Reporter: Two references on their web site to Kermit Gosnell, one a news story from January about the March for Life that mentions Gosnell in passing, one from Friday in response to Powers’ column
•Liberal Catholic publication America: Four references on their web site to Kermit Gosnell, only one since 2011 in a blog post on Friday in response to Powers’ column
Oh, and in perhaps the biggest surprise of all, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Molech’s own lobby, has had nothing to say either in its blog or on its main site about the mass infanticide in Philadelphia. It does, however, have a story on its home page entitled, “The Shame of Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Using Religion to Manipulate Women.”
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