In the world of comic books and superhero movies, there are always important new controversies to be found. Why did Superman lose the red underwear in Man of Steel? What minion of darkness decided to cast Ben Affleck as Batman? And now, thanks to anti-abortion site Life Site News, we have a truly crucial one: How will our culture survive if the “roles of male and female in the sexual act literally get turned around” on-screen?
The past several years have seen an avalanche of restrictive anti-choice legislation passed at the state level across the country. Several of those bills have been ruled unconstitutional, while others are awaiting adjudication by the Supreme Court. Not to be left out of the circus, Indiana is now entertaining its own extreme anti-choice bill.
Leviticus 19:11 makes clear: “Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.”
There’s quite a bit of the Bible that conservative Christian activists tend to leave out, but Biblical prohibitions against lying are routinely given short shrift by those intent on seeing God’s will done on Earth. We don’t have to look far for examples of it — from Christians arguing that LGBT people are predators to politicians pretending that being gay is a choice, these lies are common.
The Washington Post has a good look at another popular outlet for faith-based lying: the abortion debate, and the notoriously deceptive idea of “crisis pregnancy centers.” Reporter Petula Dvorak examines the work of one Virginia activist, Pat Lohman, in particular.
If recent events have taught us anything, it’s that the Religious Right is never so enamored with enforcing the law as they are when they think they’ve caught Planned Parenthood breaking it — and never so over upholding law and order as when they find out their efforts to bring Planned Parenthood down were fraught with law-breaking.
I’m talking, of course, of the infamous (and highly misleading) Planned Parenthood “sting” videos that spawned a wave of investigations and efforts to defund the organization. The cries of criminal activity all came to naught, as both congressional hearings and a dozen individual state inquiries have failed to turn up evidence that Planned Parenthood broke the law. But it was worse for anti-abortion activists than utter failure.
Florida legislators have been considering a number of restrictions and bans on abortion lately, including HB 865, which the Tampa Bay Times says “would make performing an abortion or operating an abortion clinic a first-degree felony in Florida, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.”
But it was a man named Paul who made headlines during a subcommittee hearing on the bill, when he told the legislators that abortion must be restricted to preserve “white culture.”