It’s easy to think that all Baptists are of the conservative Southern type, but it ain’t necessarily so. Russell Moore, writing in Touchstone magazine reports on the Rev. Donna Schaper, a woman from a UCC/Lutheran background who is now pastor of Judson Memorial Church in New York City. Ms Schaper, has written in Tikkun magazine quite candidly about having an abortion. She even named the child she killed–a little girl called Alma.
Donna doesn’t apologize for, or even regret her decision. She writes that abortion is a ‘positive development’ that has allowed sex to become recreational for both men and women. She writes, “I did what was right for me, for my family, for my work, for my husband and for my three children.” Moore quotes her further:
I happen to agree that abortion is a form of murder. I think the quarrel about when life begins is disrespectful to the fetus. I know I murdered the life within me. I could have loved that life but chose not to. I did what men do all the time when they take us to war: they choose violence because, while they believe it is bad, it is still better than the alternatives.”
Now I’m one who wants to be optimistic about the state of things, and be positive and give people the benefit of the doubt, but doesn’t this one just about top all? Here’s a woman who professes not just to be a Christian, but is a Christian leader, wife and mother. She admits to what even she calls the murder of an innocent unborn child.
Then she comes up with the craziest kind of convoluted argument justifying her decision. “Men at the Pentagon send soldiers to war, so it’s okay for me to kill my baby.” Whaat??! There’s a world of difference between sending a soldier out to eliminate a clearly defined threat (he doesn’t even go out to kill deliberately, and only kills if he has to) and the free choice of a woman to kill her own unborn child. In one case (no matter how complicated the actul situation is) the intention is to stop, and if need be, kill, someone who is trying to destroy you or your loved ones. In the other case an innocent child is deliberately murdered to preserve what–a snug and smug Protestant pastor’s career trajectory??
There’s one truth in Pastor Schaper’s comparison: she connects abortion and war. The truly loopy thing is that I’ll bet any amount of money that Pastor Schaper is opposed to war. She’s probably preaching regularly against war in all its forms. Nevertheless, in her own life she cheerfully murders her baby and shifts the blame to male warmongers. This compares to the 60′s radicals who opposed the Vietnam war and supported left wing revolutionaries at the same time, but at least those radicals were driven by some sort of idealism that was greater than themselves. Pastor Schaper bumps off little Alma in the name of ‘recreationl sex.’
The silly, wicked woman is a hypocrite. She should resign at once, and start to live a life of penitence and prayer. Either that or in a spirit of repentance, she should apply to be pastor of one of these little storefront churches here in South Carolina called, The Four Square Tabernacle Church of God Prophecy Faith Cathedral. Those good folks would knock some sense into her.