Of all the radical hard-left decisions made at the Presbyterian Church-USA 2014 General Assembly, this may be the most asinine. There is no Bible blueprint for abortion. There is definitely no Bible blueprint for virtually unlimited abortion. Why did the delegates vote for reaffirming such a strong resolution? Why not just say that it should be left up to the woman to decide on a legal abortion option? BTW, wouldn’t it be great if some organization, why not a church that believes in marriage and families, advocate for men to have some reproductive rights?
Why do I find the reaffirmation vote of nearly unrestricted abortion asinine? What else would you call a church that supports partial birth abortion but opposes a resolution to condemn the killing of babies surviving abortion, a la Kermit Gosnell, while condemning the capital punishment of sentenced criminals? Killing a baby who somehow struggles to survive an abortion is infanticide, pure and simple. All the arguments pro-abortion advocates claim – it’s a fetus not a born child, the fetus can’t survive, the Bible refers to a baby’s breath and a fetus hasn’t truly breathed like a baby – don’t apply here.
The General Assembly imitated the Occupy Wall Street with its calls for tax reform that redistributes wealth from businesses and the wealthy by giving it to the poor through higher taxes. They also came out for transgender rights in other countries and to study a proposal to divest from the fossil fuels of oil, coal, natural gas, etc. Wonder if that will pass in 2016? Indeed, young delegates bemoaned the dying earth. I guess removing PC-USA investments from lucrative fossil fuel stocks that fund employee pension and future church needs will magically save the earth.
On the tax reform issue, the GA returns to the progressive idea of a corporate conscience. Yes, the same progressives who are bemoaning that SCOTUS is evil for ruling that a company’s owners and values aren’t important because companies aren’t people and can’t have a conscience or voted to force corporations to prove they have a conscience. Evidently the only corporate value or conscience that counts is if it is progressive conscience.
The most telling and damning evidence that the General Assembly was nothing more and nothing less than left-leaning politics was the haste. There were numerous motions by more moderate presbyteries or pastors to slow down, to study issues or to compromise but the momentum could not be slowed, there was a head-long rush to radicalism. The longer one lives, the more one learns the lessons of such folly and questions the agenda of such urgency.
Here, a summary of reactions for/against motions from a more moderate PC-USA source and an open letter to fellow Presbyterians concerning abortion:
A partial summary of gun control actions from the PC-USA General Assembly:
formation of support, healing and advocacy groups for those who have experienced gun violence in their families;
opposition to legislation that exempts gun manufacturers and marketers from legal liability and/or financial accountability for the medical and security costs of predictable gun misuse and availability to criminals, the unstable, and the self-destructive;
opposition to “stand your ground” and other legislation that may entitle gun owners to shoot before taking alternative measures (such as relying on law enforcement and/or other de-escalation techniques) in perceived defense of persons or property;
encouraging church sessions and PC(USA) entities that own property to declare their particupremises and gatherings to be gun-free zones;
raising the age for handgun ownership to 21;
supporting legislation to ban semiautomatic assault weapons, armor-piercing handgun ammunition and .50-caliber rifles; and
advocacy in support of state and federal legislation to regulate ammunition.
A more general summary:
an overture from the Presbytery of Nevada that seeks training in trauma crisis counseling for pastors and other caregivers so that they can respond more effectively to the needs of survivors following a homicide or mass shooting;
an overture from the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta calling for measures to promote food sovereignty, which includes the right of all people to “safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food and food-producing resources”;
an overture from the Presbytery of National Capital affirming the importance of maternal and child nutrition in the 1,000 days between the beginning of a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday;
an amended overture from the Synod of the Covenant calling for a study of end-of-life issues;
an overture from the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta calling for a national moratorium on the death penalty;
an amended overture from the Presbytery of Santa Fe urging the church to support financial and political reforms of the U.S. political and financial sector, including campaign finance reform;
a commissioners’ resolution encouraging presbyteries and denominational agencies to adopt parental leave policies with minimum terms of six weeks at 100 percent of prorated annual salary and full housing allowance;
a commissioners’ resolution seeking support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in 81 countries where homosexuality is illegal; and
a resolution from the Advocacy Committee for Racial Ethnic Concerns proposing actions to counter a “new wave of voter suppression” it says is disproportionately affecting racial ethnic communities following the June 2013 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court nullifying a core provision of the Voting Rights Act.
Voter ID? Man these people didn’t miss a trick, everything they passed, all the language, everything is from progressive handbooks, from an OFA wish list laundered from Soros/Tides money and agendas.
When I saw the list of speakers and the agenda, I joked to Sissy, “This doesn’t sound like a Christian church; this sounds like the Church of Social Justice.” If you read my links, you’ll note that these radical resolutions were proudly and unapologetically pushed from the Committee on Social Justice Issues. You have no idea how I wish I had been proven wrong.