Monday, March 19, 2012

Ragsdale: Counterfeit Christianity or authentic paganism?

Catholic lawyer and deacon Keith Fournier takes Katharine Ragsdale to task for her aggressive propagation of a "counterfeit Ideology claiming to be Christian."

In her testimony before Congress on Thursday she boasted of taking a 15 year old girl whom she had never met before for an abortion. She cited her vows as an Episcopal priest as authority for the act. She pledged that she would openly break such a law in the future if it was enacted.

She further attempted to clothe such a brazen act as noble and courageous. This woman regularly reminds me of these words from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah "Ah! Those who call evil good, and good evil, who change darkness to light, and light into darkness, who change bitter to sweet, and sweet into bitter." (Is. 5:20)

Last year she gave an address at a fundraiser for the "Jane Fund" of Central Massachusetts which proclaims on its web site, "CHOICE should not be limited to WOMEN who have MONEY... Our mission is to help women who cannot afford abortion services." This group offers her entire speech online for those who want a fuller example of her horrid rhetoric. It is an example of evil masquerading as good, espoused by one who claims to be a Christian and a member of the Clergy.

Here are some examples, "When a woman gets pregnant against her will and wants an abortion -- it's the violence that is the tragedy; the abortion is a blessing. When a woman might want to bear and raise a child but fears she can't afford to because she doesn't have access to healthcare or daycare or enough income to provide a home -- it's the lack of justice that is the tragedy; the abortion is a blessing. ."

"And, here's one that really gets me in trouble, when a woman simply gets pregnant unintentionally and decides this is not a good time for her to bear and care for a child -- there is no tragedy. The ability to enjoy healthy sexuality without risking a pregnancy that could derail her education or career, the development or exercise of the gifts God has given her, is a blessing."

In her speech at the Jane Fund fundraiser she signaled where she is leading the opponents of the fundamental Human Right to Life in her final charge: "Our words matter. Our strategies matter -- not only in their short-term efficacy but in their long term consequences. We have to play hard and play smart. We need to think farther down the road than the next bill in front of us.

"We must create a climate where abortion is not only a legal, safe, accessible, affordable option for every woman but where she can take advantage of that option without risking socially imposed guilt.It's time to be angry -- be fed up -- to refuse to be nice. To eschew conciliation."

I would disagree, slightly, with Fournier's characterization of Ragsdale's ideology as "counterfeit" Christianity. The Prosperity Gospel of Kenneth Copeland, Joel Osteen, et al. is a counterfeit form of Christianity which leads astray the weak-minded masses desperate to hear their life is somehow worth something. At least, those pretenders put up a good front about the value of human life. What Ragsdale promotes is not a counterfeit form of Christianity but an authentic form of pagansim akin to the ancient cult of Molech, the abominable god of the Ammonites who demanded the sacrifice of children by fire.

The Old Testament rightly condemned wayward Israelites who defiled themselves by engaging in the unspeakably evil practices of the surrounding nations. The present-day teachings and practices of Katharine Ragsdale are equally abominable and equally worthy of unequivocal condemnation.