A response to a response

It’s not surprising that all the publicity around Todd Akin’s statement that the heart of liberalism is a hate for God should result in some pushback.  I received this email the day my quote appeared in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.  I’ve removed the person’s name and contact info for privacy purposes:

First of all, Todd Akin is a Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and has served in both the Missouri House of Representatives and the United States House of representatives for many years.  He speaks with authority on matters of religion and public policy.

I read with interest your statement that you loved all creatures.   “I’m a liberal because I love God and all God’s creation,” Taves said. “ I value equality, fairness and compassionate justice because my faith informs my politics.”

Does that include unborn children?  If so, then why do you support killing unborn children in the womb? Is it fair to kill babies because they are a nuisance?

Todd is right, Liberals show hatred for God since they so wantonly seek to destroy his innocent creation and show contempt for his word, the Bible.  There can be no equality or fairness for an individual if that innocent person is dead.

I don’t usually respond to these, but decided to as an exercise in civility and self-education.  So this is my response:

Dear _____,

Thank you for your letter.
The United States has the highest rate of unplanned pregnancies and the highest rate of abortion in the developed world.  All of us want to decrease the numbers of abortions.  Unfortunately, making abortion harder to get or outright illegal is not going to stop abortions.  It will only push those desperate for an abortion to take extraordinary steps to obtain one, and that usually lands them in the arms of abortion butchers.  Many women have died from illegal abortions.
If we truly wish to reduce the number of abortions, we should all be standing together and demanding public health care that is accessible to all.  Nations that have public health care have the lowest rate of abortion in the developed world.  So next time health care reform becomes a national issue, I hope you will stand proudly with those who are fighting to achieve a health care system that discriminates against none based on economic ability.  That is how you will support the reduction of abortion.
If we truly wish to reduce the number of abortions, we should all be standing together and demanding the end of abstinence only sex education, which is ideologically driven rather than reality based.  Young people who receive abstinence only sex education are much more likely to have an unplanned pregnancy and much more likely not to use birth control and have a higher rate of STD transmission (sexually transmitted disease).  If we stood together and demanded age appropriate comprehensive sex education, as many other nations do, our rate of unplanned pregnancies and abortions would decline.
In Unitarian Universalism we offer our teenagers this kind of sex education and our teenagers have the lowest rate of unplanned pregnancies, STDs, and abortions of any religious group in the United States.  We are doing our part to reduce the abortions performed in this country.
If we truly wish to reduce the number of abortions, we would stand with women in their most difficult hour rather than stand outside abortion clinics and call them murderers. When Jesus came upon the men who would stone a woman for adultery, he told them that he with no sin should cast the first stone.  They all dropped their stones and left.  Then he told the woman to go and sin no more.  Notice it was Jesus who said this, not the men who left.   When we take it upon ourselves to condemn others, we make ourselves into God.
Trust the moving of the Holy Spirit, and what you wish for may indeed come to pass.  You cannot force it yourself.
The peace of your Christ be with you.
in faith, Rev. Krista Taves.
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About kristataves

I am a Unitarian Universalist minister serving the Unitarian Church of Quincy IL. St. Louis is my residence. I am a dual American and Canadian citizen living in the great state of Missouri and building my life in this wonderful and sometimes very frustrating state.
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