Monday, June 26, 2023

Trojan Horse Within Religious Community

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Liberal faith groups are using religion to challenge Red-State abortion bans.

Religious groups in Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Texas, and Idaho have filed lawsuits, arguing that their religious right to abortion has been threatened since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade.  

These lawsuits, filed by religious groups and so-called Christian "churches," are actually aligning with The Satanic Temple, claiming that abortion is a part of their faith.

Be informed, not misled.

The enemy within.

Several religious groups are taking up the argument that their faith gives them a protected right to abortion.

Politico, a Left-leaning news organization, says, "Several religious groups are taking up the argument that their faith gives them a protected right to abortion."

America’s pro-life movement is famously led by religious groups like Catholics and evangelicals who believe life is sacred and begins at conception. But ever since the Dobbs decision led to tight abortion restrictions in many U.S. states, several religious groups have filed legal challenges against them — and cite their faith as a key reason why.

Some Jews, Episcopalians, Unitarians, and even Satanist activists have launched a campaign to push the idea that states that ban abortions are infringing on their religious rights and have gone as far as filing multiple lawsuits to get the laws reversed.  The claims range from Christian clergy arguing that they will not be able to counsel women considering abortions, to Jewish arguments that the procedure is not morally reprehensible until the child takes its first breath, to The Satanic Temple’s alleged right to its “abortion ritual.”

Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Texas, and Idaho are all fighting lawsuits against their respective abortion bans since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022. 

In Indiana, one lawsuit claims that the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) which was signed into law in 2015 by former Gov. Mike Pence to provide additional protections for religious Americans, gives faiths, such as Reform Judaism, the ability to claim that abortion is their right.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs explain that in Reform Judaism, “prior to the 40th day of gestation, the embryo is considered to be ‘mere water’ … the embryo or fetus is considered a physical part of the woman’s body, not having a life of its own or independent rights.” As a result, they argue that Indiana’s law, which bans nearly all abortions with limited exceptions, violates their First Amendment rights to free exercise and expression.

One would think that if there is any one single value that could unite the religious community in America it would be the "right to Life"---as in "Thou shalt not murder"--- But "Oh no," how can we agree with the sanctity of life when we can't even agree on when life begins?

Evil allies.

The alignment of these various "religious" organizations is stunning.

The Satanic Temple (TST) considers abortion to be a protected procedure and offers “religious abortion ritual[s]” for those who wish to rid themselves of “medically unnecessary and unscientific regulations” when seeking an abortion, according to their website. TST also sued in Texas, Idaho, and Indiana, claiming that the state’s laws would make them unable to practice the rituals and violate their faith.

A similar lawsuit was filed in Florida on behalf of religious leaders from Jewish, Buddhist, Unitarian, United Church of Christ, and Episcopalian congregations in hopes of overturning the state’s 15-week abortion ban. Marci Hamilton, a political science professor at the University of Pennsylvania who is representing the plaintiffs, says that religious Floridians “are being substantially burdened by restrictive abortion bans.”

A year after the fall of Roe v Wade the Missouri case is one of nearly a dozen challenges to abortion restrictions filed by clergy members and practitioners that are now making their way through state and federal courts — a strategy that aims to restore access to the procedure and chip away at the assumption that all religious people oppose abortion.

Political stunts rather than religious practice.

Lori Windham, a vice president and senior counsel at the Becket Fund that represented Hobby Lobby in securing a favorable Supreme Court ruling, says, "I think these are much more like political stunts than they are viable court cases, you can have a sincere political belief or policy preference, and it can be passionate and deeply held, but that doesn’t make it a religious practice.”

Judges have historically avoided questioning the sincerity of someone’s religious beliefs, but Becket and other groups have filed amicus briefs that do so.

The religious pro-abortion activists even use Scripture to make their case for killing unwanted, unborn children.

The Jewish challengers in Kentucky cite religious texts, including the Mishnah, that say life begins when a baby takes its first breath, not when it is conceived, and if medical issues arise during pregnancy, the pregnant person’s life “comes before the life of [the child].” They also submitted to the court letters from rabbis arguing that current state exemptions for life-threatening medical emergencies aren’t enough, saying Jewish law permits, and in some cases requires, an abortion when there is “a risk of poverty, abuse, addiction, or mental illness.”


The times in which we live are so perverse and twisted. These "religious" activists demand the right to abortion on demand, using the same arguments to justify killing unborn babies that we pro-life people of faith have been using to preserve babies' lives.

Consider this: "The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ who is the image of God" (2 Corinthians 4:4). 

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Wise. Be Prayerful.