Yesterday, in a discussion about abortion on Richard Dawkins‘ Twitter feed, this happened:
With a Tweet Advocating the Abortion of Down Syndrome Babies, Richard Dawkins Proves He Has Foot-in-Mouth Disease
In Response to Pro-Life Group’s Survey, Atheist Congressional Candidate Sends Back Condoms Reading “Prevent Abortion”
James Woods, the openly atheist candidate running for Congress in Arizona’s District 5, recently received a form letter from the National Pro-Life Alliance asking him to sign a pledge supporting the “sanctity of life.”
He wrote back, saying he couldn’t support policies that “jeopardize the health and stability of women and their families”… and threw in a little gift, too: Condoms that read: “Prevent abortion.”
John Hagee and David Barton Claim You Can’t Be True Christians if you Support LGBT Rights and Abortion
We know Christianity is a big tent. There are super-conservative Christians as well as very progressive ones (who are in many ways more closely aligned with atheists than the Tony Perkins types).
One of the non-obvious differences between the two groups, in my experience, is that progressive Christians are much more comfortable with the idea of the big tent. They know not everyone who’s a Christian will agree with them on every topic… but that’s okay.
There’s an incredible story at Esquire about Dr. Willie Parker, one of the only abortion providers in Mississippi. He’s a Christian who provides the service, in part, because he believes the best way to “raise women out of poverty is to give them control of their reproductive decisions.”
Just listen in on the speech he makes to women who visit the Jackson Women’s Health Organization:
Satanic Temple Claims Religious Exemption… in Support of Medically Accurate Information About Abortion
In light of the Hobby Lobby ruling, religious groups everywhere are jumping at the chance to deny women fundamental health care on the basis of the owners’ religious beliefs.
The Satanic Temple is using the same principle to do just the opposite.
In case you’re not familiar with them, The Satanic Temple is an organization whose mission is to “encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice, and be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will.” In their next pro-human move, the group has just announced that it will assert a religious exemption from state-mandated “informed consent” abortion laws, and they say the Supreme Court’s decision strengthens their case.