I wish I could say this surprises me, but I don’t want to lie. So, no this doesn’t surprise me at all. It sickens me, but it doesn’t surprise me. I wish I could say the church sign below is as funny as most church signs are, but I can’t say that. The sign is more disgusting than the typical groan-inducing, pun-laden church sign and not the least bit humorous. Take a look and decide for yourself.
It was my understanding that people seeking family planning services – which sometimes include getting information about abortion, and, yes, having abortions – went to clinics of their own volition. The people who provide family planning services don’t knock on people’s doors and proselytize. They set up offices and hang their shingles. They also locate their clinics in areas that are accessible to the people who are most likely to need their services. That’s just good business. If there’s any connection between the ethnic/racial composition of the neighborhoods and the locations of these clinics, it’s due to correlations between race/ethnicity and socioeconomic factors, not because the people operating the clinics want to kill little dark-skinned babies.
The simple-minded pastor who posted this sign isn’t interested in facts. He’s only interested in stirring up emotions, and he doesn’t give a damn whether those emotions will be appropriate responses. That’s not surprising, of course, because that’s how religion works. Religious leaders must appeal to emotions when selling their snake oil since the facts don’t support their claims. So, naturally, when religious leaders venture into the world of politics, they apply the same modus operandi. Sad to say, most politicians operate the same way. Perhaps that’s why religion and politics are such compatible (and contemptible) bedfellows. And their bedsheets are filthy.
– the chaplain