By Bob Allen
The pastor of a historic New York City church with Baptist ties says much of the recent brouhaha over abortion rights has to do with the fact that Planned Parenthood caters exclusively to women.
“I think it’s unfortunately a big part,” Donna Schaper, senior minister at Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village, said July 25 on State of Belief radio with Welton Gaddy. “We are getting closer by the minute when women will be understood as full moral agents, when women will be understood as full human beings, as opposed to people complying just to our reproductive role.”Schaper told Gaddy, pastor of Alliance of Baptists-affiliated Northminster Church in Monroe, La., that she thinks people on the Religious Right “are having a hard time dealing with women as moral agents and as adults.”
She said it is inconsistent for the Religious Right to label abortion murder while at the same time opposing limits on gun ownership.
“When I find the awful pain that the freedom to have guns has caused — Sandy Hook, Charleston, I could go on — I wonder why we aren’t joining together to say let’s regulate guns and not women’s reproductive systems,” she said. “Guns do violence. Guns do murder.”
Schaper said she believes religious hypocrisy is biggest barrier to people’s spiritual lives.
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