This is the third Margaret Sanger article I’ve written in as many weeks. I suspect it will be my last for a while, but there are a lot of misconceptions to cut through, particularly on the issue of race. Among those who oppose abortion, Planned Parenthood’s founder has been broadly typecast as a Nazi-sympathizing white supremacist. For those looking to discredit the abortion giant, it’s a handy narrative to maintain—especially in today’s political climate. The only problem is, the evidence to substantiate such a claim is entirely lacking. I know because I’ve looked for it.
Margaret Sanger was anti-God, anti-marriage, and anti-America, long before it was fashionable to be so, but she wasn’t a racist—at least not in the traditional sense of the word. Was she bigoted? Certainly, but her bigotry wasn’t ethnically driven. It was bigger than that. Sanger’s devotion to eugenics wasn’t built on a contempt for people of color; it was built on a contempt for the poor and ignorant, which is why she despised…
Margaret Sanger was religiously devoted to birth control. Apart from her children, we might say it was the only thing she truly cared about. She traded out husbands, lovers, and political ideologies, but her commitment to birth control was unwavering. “It [is] my religion,” she wrote to a friend in 1928.1 Each new day was for Margaret Sanger the opportunity to create “another center of influence from which the gospel of voluntary motherhood (could) spread.”2 And she was a relentless evangelist.
On the day that Margaret Sanger told her first husband she was leaving him, she mused in her diary about some of the other institutions she had left behind—the Church, Socialism, and the bourgeoisie.3 She’d abandoned them all in disillusionment, transferring her hopes and dreams to another savior. Sanger’s reverence for birth control was matched only by her contempt for unbounded fertility. “The most serious evil of our times,” Sanger wrote, “is that of encouraging the bringing into the world of large…
Planned Parenthood runs the largest abortion business in America, and it’s not even close. Year after year, as U.S. abortion totals continue to decline, Planned Parenthood’s totals keep going up. In fiscal 2016, they ended the lives of 321,384 unborn children—which is roughly a third of the U.S. abortion total. You might be surprised to learn, then, that Planned Parenthood was founded by a woman who called abortion “that crime which all women in their souls rebel against.”1
Is it possible that Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood’s much-maligned founder, was actually anti-abortion? Is it possible that she roundly condemned any birth control method that interfered with the development of a fertilized ovum? Having now read the three massive volumes that make up The Selected Papers of Margaret Sanger, along with all of her Click here to read the rest.
David praises it (Ps 133), Paul urges it (Eph 4:3), and Peter commands it (I Peter 3:8). Unity, that is. Unity among the brethren. But if you survey the Protestant landscape, from the most theologically conservative to the most socially liberal, you’ll find massive differences in both practice and belief. There isn’t a whole lot of unity—with one notable exception. The vast majority of these otherwise disparate churches are remarkably unified in their practical indifference towards abortion-vulnerable children.
Though most churches are officially “pro-life,” their everyday response to abortion is virtually indistinguishable from the mainline churches who support it. In other words, liberal and conservative churches alike are doing precious little to actively aid the victims of abortion. Some churches ignore abortion because they believe it to be outside their gospel purview. Others do so because it's a sacred right to many of the progressive subsets they’re trying to emulate.
I’ve lamented this fact before, but I’d like to introduce a new argument for engagement—in…
According to King Solomon, there are seven things that God abominates. He lists them for us in the sixth chapter of Proverbs. Without looking, how many can you name? If you come up short, here’s the full list as rendered in the ESV (Proverbs 6:16-19):
- Haughty eyes
- A lying tongue
- Hands that shed innocent blood
- A heart that devises wicked plans
- Feet that make haste to run to evil
- A false witness who breathes out lies
- One who sows discord among brothers
The first five abominations connect to a specific part of the body—eyes, tongue, hands, heart, and feet. In fact, the body parts themselves are the objects of God’s hatred, until we get to item six—the false witness, who breathes out lies.
Essentially, Solomon put lying on the list twice—but why? Why emphasize the fact that God hates both lies and liars? Why make special mention of false witnesses (and sowers of discord) but leave thieves, murderers, and adulterers off the list? Both structurally and conceptually, it’s a bit perplexing.
Of course, there is a sense in which the intentionally…