Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Episcopal Women March on Washington for the Dignity of (not) Every Human Being

During last week's Women's March on Washington, the women below were photographed carrying an ironically labeled sign.
From Facebook
What is wrong with this picture?

Was it the pink pussy cat hats? They do not create a very dignified look. Those were worn in protest of President Donald Trump's boasting of grabbing women's privates. I doubt any of those women were marching back in 1998 when Bill Clinton was being impeached for messing with his intern.

No, the main thing wrong is the sign and the "for the dignity of every human being" slogan.

As I posted last July,

There goes that Baptismal covenant argument again. The key word here is "dignity". When the writers of the 1979 BCP created this little gem, did they know that the definition of "respect" would come to mean "accept" and that dignity would come to mean an individual's unwise choices? Roberta Green Ahmanson explained the new meaning of "dignity" in a post at Public Discourse,  "The New Dignity: Gnostic, Elitist, Self-Destructive Will-to-Power", the new dignity to be respected/accepted is an individual's freedom to do the following, 
"to remake our gender, to marry someone without regard to sex or the procreative potential of the union, to choose our time to die and enlist the medical profession in ending our lives, to not only abort a child developing in the womb but also to harvest his or her body parts for commercial gain. It also calls for new negative freedom, freedoms from—from all unwanted pain or discomfort, from limitations on what I can do to or with my body, from language or ideas that offend me or that challenge decisions I have made.Dignity is no longer so much about who or what we are; it is about what our unfettered will can do, and what it can forbid others to do."
Every time someone pulls the Baptismal covenant argument, you might as well give up because the meaning of the words "respect the dignity" has been reduced to "Don't hurt anyone's feelings by disagreeing with them".
Many of those marching on Washington last week were rabid pro-abortionists. Many women in the Episcopal organization do not believe that the unborn are human beings. Many must believe that a baby is just a collection of cells, a tissue that can be disposed of if the mother so chooses, no dignity there. Many must not believe that God plays any role in the creation of life. Many do not believe the scriptures which say,
 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
And sadly, many of those who claim to believe in God do not believe that God cares about the dignity of the unborn, and that is one step away from not believing in God himself.

Once you believe that God does not care about unwanted children, you are in serious trouble.

For a better take on respecting the dignity of every human being, read the words of the late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus,
"We contend, and we contend relentlessly, for the dignity of the human person, of every human person, created in the image and likeness of God, destined from eternity for eternity—every human person, no matter how weak or how strong, no matter how young or how old, no matter how productive or how burdensome, no matter how welcome or how inconvenient. Nobody is a nobody; nobody is unwanted. All are wanted by God, and therefore to be respected, protected, and cherished by us." Fr. Richard John Neuhaus 2008, h/t James Gibson
When women worship at the altar of abortion, they wind up worshipping their own bodies and desires and set themselves up as Goddesses, with power over life and death, displacing the God that they claim to worship from His rightful position in their lives.

Would that their eyes be opened...

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