The statement begins: "As faith leaders committed to justice, honesty and liberty, we are troubled by the decades-long campaign of harassment against Planned Parenthood and those they serve."
But how do these pastors and "faith leaders" see Planned Parenthood's activities as "God's work?"
And how do they see those who are telling the truth about Planned Parenthood's activities as "theologically and morally reprehensible?"
Their argument is revealing. And troubling.
The Clergy Advocacy Board of Planned Parenthood has released a statement explaining why Planned Parenthood is doing God's work, and those who took the videos---or even oppose PP's activities are "theologically and morally reprehensible."
These pastors and faith leaders note, "Faith leaders have supported Planned Parenthood for nearly 100 years because of our shared goals: every person---regardless of income, race or religion---deserves access to safe affordable, high quality health care."
This is a profile of how deception works.
Those seeking to defund Planned Parenthood are not doing so because those whom they "serve" are poor.
Neither are they seeking to defund PP because of their client's race or religion.
The effort to defund is because it is immoral to kill unborn babies, and Planned Parenthood is by far the largest abortion operation in America. And they are highly funded by taxpayers who oppose funding them.
Now we discover they are selling baby body parts. There are few on this planet so calloused that they cannot see the barbarism and immorality of this.
These activities, however, are explained like this: "Planned Parenthood does the best of what religious traditions do: care, no matter what."
The implication is that those who oppose PP don't care about people in need.
Evangelical and Catholic charitable groups have actually helped more people---not aborted their babies, than any other groups in the history of the world.
How do they explain the sale of baby body parts?
Easy. "Planned Parenthood offers the opportunity for women to choose to donate fetal tissue for research purposes. Research using fetal tissue saves hundreds of thousands of lives worldwide every year," they say.
What is the moral or theological basis for killing lives to save lives? Isn't that act morally and theologically reprehensible?
"No," they say.
Those who took the videos are "morally and theologically reprehensible" because they "do not respect religious liberty and individual conscience" and they "seek to impose their values and work obsessively to limit access to health care on individuals..."
No they don't.
Many who oppose Planned Parenthood work in the medical field, and biblical Christians do not oppose helping people medically and otherwise. We oppose aborting unwanted children---and now that we know, selling their body parts.
Further, the clergy say that those who oppose PP have an agenda, "and that includes restricting access to evidence based sex education and contraceptives and imposing a view of sexuality that most Americans do not hold."
There's more, but the "faith leaders" conclude with this: "Our religious traditions call us to offer compassion, not judgement. People who work for Planned Parenthood give care and respect to those in need, doing God's work. For this we are grateful."
Where is the greater display of compassion? The one who aborts an unwanted baby and sells the body parts or those who hold to the biblical value of the sanctity of life?
The statement also chides those who oppose taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood with this--"The scriptures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam strongly and repeatedly condemn dishonesty and hate."
Where does the dishonesty lie in this matter?
Scriptures of Judaism and Christianity also repeatedly condemn murder, including the killing of unwanted children.
Scripture also teaches---Jesus speaking---"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves" (Matt. 7:15). "Not everyone who says to me 'Lord, Lord' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven." (v.21)
Aborting unwanted babies in the name of "choice" and advocating Planned Parenthood's sex-ed curriculum in the public school classroom is hardly "doing the will of My Father in heaven."
Jesus spoke very directly to those "faith leaders" who misrepresent and twist Scripture (Matthew 23). "Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites," He begins. Continuing, He speaks of the "blind leading the blind" and those who are like "white washed tombs"---white on the outside, rotten on the inside.
He is very direct and forceful. He is the Truth.
Another video was released yesterday. In it, Planned Parenthood's Melissa Farrell, director of research for PP Gulf Coast, offers to alter the process of abortion so they can obtain intact fetal cadavers, and how the various body parts would translate to mere line items on the fee paid to Planned Parenthood.
Also part of the tragedy in all this is that 7 million self identified evangelicals voted for Barack Obama last election, who is hands down---no question, the most abortion friendly president in the history of our country.
God help us.