Here are some comments from New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson’s speech at Planned Parenthood’s fifth annual interfaith prayer breakfast.
“Planned Parenthood should target ‘people of faith’ to promote abortion rights and comprehensive sex education.”
“In this last election we see what the ultimate result of divorce from communities of faith will do to us.”
“Our defense against religious people has to be a religious defense... We must use people of faith to counter the faith-based arguments against us.”
“We have allowed the Bible to be taken hostage, and it is being wielded by folks who would use it to hit us over the head. We have to take back those Scriptures.”
“You know, those stories are our stories. I tell this to lesbian folk all the time: The story of freedom in Exodus is our story... That’s my story, and they can’t have it.”
“This current administration notwithstanding, the world is not black and white. We need to teach people about nuance, about holding things in tension that this can be true and that can be true, and somewhere between is the right answer. It’s a very adult way of living, you know.”
“What an unimaginative God it would be if God only put one meaning in any verse of Scripture.”
These comments were excerpted from New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson’s speech at Planned Parenthood’s fifth annual interfaith prayer breakfast recently held in Washington D.C. in April.
Fewer abortion clinics and an almost $40 million drop in private donations is forcing Planned Parenthood to look at new strategies to improve business. One of those strategies includes getting religion and religious leaders to affirm their efforts and agenda. In addition to Bishop Robinson’s endorsement, a book entitled Sacred Work has recently been published to highlight the spiritual value of abortion, contraception, and sexual freedom.
Ironically both Robinson and Planned Parenthood are actually trying to invent their own brand of religion, ‘Worship of Self,’ which opposes traditional Judeo-Christian Biblical principles that promote self-discipline, self-denial, surrendering of self, and taking up the cross. Their ‘religion’ focuses on promoting self-pleasure and self-fulfillment regardless of consequence or Biblical teachings. Our young people are especially vulnerable to this brand of religion for they are seeking the truth and looking for leaders with whom they can connect.
In a letter to the editor published in the Living Church magazine (January 2005), a high school senior called Gene Robinson one of her heroes. Why? She was struck by his kindness, heart, and presence because he was one of only three bishops who hung out with the youth participants at General Convention 2003.
Planned Parenthood and ‘progressive’ ordained men and women want to use ‘religion’ to validate lifestyles and choices that lead to pain, regret, and lifelong consequences. Anglicans for Life is committed to upholding biblical principles and proclaiming the truth, especially with young people. We invite you to join us.