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Celebrating Roe: The Left prays

Rod Dreher

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Sunday, thousands of churches observed a day of sorrowful prayer and preaching as we approach Wednesday's 30th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. I wondered what the Religious Left was up to on what for Roman Catholics, at least, is their annual Pro-Life Sunday. So I attended services at the First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn, which touts itself as "a center of free religion since 1833."

A lady minister whose name I didn't get stood to address the children of the congregation. She told them that today's service was to be about "making choices," and having the courage to take risks.

Then it was time for the sermon, given today by a guest preacher, a black Baptist clergyman named Carlton W. Veazey, head of the national Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

Veazey spoke of the fundamental Baptist concept of "the priesthood of all believers," which implies the primacy of individual conscience in interpreting Scripture and discerning moral principles. This, he said, is why he cannot separate his pro-choice convictions from his religious ones. It would have been interesting to ask the pastor how he would have applied this teaching to those churches which, within living memory, taught as a matter of religious truth that segregation was divinely ordained.

Read the entire article on the National Review Online website.



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