One of the many admirable qualities of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else, is that he always has something to say about the latest headlines. You can observe this in the latest post at Answers in Genesis (AIG), Hambo’s creationist ministry, titled Texas “Churches”: Abortion “A Moral and Social Good”. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
What is abortion — a hideous evil or “a moral and social good”? Well, that depends on your starting point, God’s Word or man’s word! Sinful human beings, who are in rebellion against God and ignore his Word and look to their own selfish, dark hearts for “truth,” will affirm darkness instead of light, death instead of life, and call good evil and evil good (Isaiah 5:20).
How’s that for a powerful beginning? Then he says:
The state of Texas has been in the news recently because lawmakers have enacted a “heartbeat bill” that bans abortions after a heartbeat can be detected (usually around six weeks’ gestational age). This is, of course, a good step in saving unborn lives, but it doesn’t go far enough as every person is fully human from the moment of fertilization, not just when a heartbeat can be detected. But a coalition of 25 “churches” in Texas believes the opposite and is fighting to [Link omitted!] “eradicate stigma around reproductive freedom in Texas . . . one congregation at a time.”
You like the heartbeat rule? No? There are many different ideas out there. Your Curmudgeon expressed his own views in Egnor Rants About Abortion: When a fetus has a functioning brain (around mid-term) it’s a human. But that’s not important here. We want to learn from ol’ Hambo. He tells us about the pro-abortion “churches”:
Any congregation that wants to join the coalition (so far most of the “churches” are Unitarian Universalist, with some Presbyterian and one Baptist congregation as well) must affirm the following three principles:
• “We trust and respect women.”
• “We promise that people who attend our congregation will be free from stigma, shame, or judgment for their reproductive decisions, including abortion.”
• “We believe access to comprehensive and affordable reproductive health services is a moral and social good.”
Hambo is horrified, and he tells us why:
To this group, “trust and respect women” means “allow women to make whatever choices they want — even murder [Gasp!] — and applaud them for doing so, contrary to the clear teaching of the Word of God (e.g., Exodus 20:13).”
He continues to explain why he opposes those people:
A congregation “free from stigma, shame, or judgment” actually means “we will never judge your beliefs or actions against the authority of the Word of God (Philippians 1:9–11) and allow the Holy Spirit, through the bold, uncompromising preaching of his Word (John 16:7–8), to convict you and draw you to repentance. Instead, we will ‘lovingly’ affirm your sin (Romans 1:32) and allow the unrepentant to continue on a path towards eternal damnation (Revelation 21:8)”
Powerful stuff, huh? After skipping a bit, he says:
On to number three: By “comprehensive and affordable reproductive health services,” they really mean “we believe in the freedom for a mother to murder her unborn child.” Health care does not result in the intentional death of a human being. That’s not health care . . . that’s murder!
Then he declares:
Many, many, many churches, organizations, and individuals across this nation are providing compassionate, practical, life-saving care to mothers, fathers, and babies in need. Instead of advocating the killing of the unborn, let’s base our thinking on the Word of God — not what is “easiest,” most “convenient,” or most socially acceptable — and understand and call out abortion for what it is — a hideous evil.
Hambo goes on and on, and he provides a lot of scripture quotes. You can click over there and read it all, if you like, but we think we’ve given you the general idea — that is, Hambo is opposed to abortion — all abortion.
But now you may be wondering: What’s the connection between abortion and creationism? What occurs to us is that people who disagree with Hambo on the abortion issue are unlikely to be creationists, so they’re unlikely to ever be visitors to his creation museum or his ark. He has nothing to lose by utterly condemning them.
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