35 years pass, but not debate
To commemorate Tuesday's 35th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that affirmed a woman's right to an abortion, clergy blessed this city's new Planned Parenthood clinic in a ceremony dubbed "On Sacred Ground."
"Today is more than about the building and about bricks and mortar," Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Linda Scharf said. "It's a blessing to demonstrate the support of the clergy."
... Rev. Larry Phillips of Schenectady's Emmanuel-Friedens Church declared the ground "sacred and holy ... where women's voices and stories are welcomed, valued and affirmed; sacred ground where women are treated with dignity, supported in their role as moral decision-makers ... sacred ground where the violent voices of hatred and oppression are quelled."
[More like where the voices of innocent babies are quelled or snuffed out. Abortion is hatred and oppression put into action.]
... Phillips led everyone outside where they laid their hands on the brick and limestone as the minister declared, "This is sacred ground."
[... Yeah, sacred as a cemetery]
Kathleen Gallagher of the New York State Catholic Conference makes an excellent point:
"For many years abortion proponents have been saying this is not a religious issue, you should keep religion out of this, and now all of a sudden they turn around and decide to bless an abortion clinic to gain respect for a procedure everybody knows is not worthy of respect," Gallagher added.
[Apparently it's a religious or moral issue ONLY if your religion or morals say abortion is ok.]