You know me: I’m not religious. Atheists and non-believers don’t bother me, and neither do most believers (I have some issues with those who can’t stop themselves from trying to convert me after I’ve asked them to desist, but fortunately these people are reasonably rare). But what I absolutely cannot stand are people who claim to be religious who turn around and behave as though they weren’t. Case in point, the new president of the Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) in Cambridge, the Rev. Dr. Katherine Ragsdale, who had this to say about abortion:
When a woman wants a child but can’t afford one because she hasn’t the education necessary for a sustainable job, or access to health care, or day care, or adequate food, it is the abysmal priorities of our nation, the lack of social supports, the absence of justice that are the tragedies; the abortion is a blessing.
“And when a woman becomes pregnant within a loving, supportive, respectful relationship; has every option open to her; decides she does not wish to bear a child; and has access to a safe, affordable abortion – there is not a tragedy in sight — only blessing. The ability to enjoy God’s good gift of sexuality without compromising one’s education, life’s work, or ability to put to use God’s gifts and call is simply blessing.
“These are the two things I want you, please, to remember – abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Let me hear you say it: abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done.”
Apparently, her appointment to the EDS has pro-life Episcopalians upset. I want to know why more people aren’t upset. “The ability to enjoy God’s good gift of sexuality without compromising one’s education”? What Bible is that from?
Tanya has a sharp pain right between her eyes: “Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done.” All she’s missing is a pocketwatch swinging like a pendulum. Or eyeballs that light up like these (1 minute in):by