Molech lives and Bloomington's councilors feed him...
They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons, and shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and their daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; and the land was polluted with the blood. - Psalms 106:37,38
(Tim: At my request, Josh Congrove submitted this report. Please note that in a city of 65,000, only four Christians protested this use of our taxes. In your own city, dear reader, it's likely the funding goes through without anyone other than Roman Catholics showing up. Who cares about the babies?)
Nearly every year (see here, here, and here), Planned Parenthood makes a request to the city of Bloomington for public funding for their programs, and this year was no exception. This past Wednesday, the Bloomington City Council once again granted this request voting 8-1 (only Councilman Brad Wisler voted in the negative) to disburse public money to an organization that performs hundreds of abortions per year. Though the vote itself was a foregone conclusion, a few of us from Church of the Good Shepherd attended and spoke against the funding.
Each of us took a different approach...
Scott Tibbs wrote a letter to the Herald Times included below; I addressed the council members in broad language prepared beforehand; Brian Bailey made specific, cogent arguments from Indiana law; and Carole Canfield gave a heartfelt, emphatic plea in favor of life.
Here are our remarks.Scott Tibbs:
Because Scott's excellent letter depends on embedded tables, please see it here.
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Joshua Congrove:Good evening, council members.
My name is Josh Congrove. I'm a PhD student here at Indiana University, and a Bloomington resident. And so I speak here as one opposed to tax dollars from our citizens being used to fund Planned Parenthood. Euphemistically claiming to support parenthood, this organization in fact mingles its "reproductive services" with the killing of our children, and so divests parents of the children it claims to support. It destroys the very ones you as officials are charged to protect and govern. In a government founded upon the notion of unalienable human rights, the rank disgust for human rights that abortion entails is an atrocity, and funding such an organization is a dereliction of the powers you have been given. Annually, Planned Parenthood snuffs out the lives of hundreds of children here in Bloomington, some 5,000 lives in the state of Indiana; and so to say that this is not a deserving organization is a colossal understatement.
Council members, we here recognize that you have been placed in authority over us. But your positions come with obligations. God has placed you over the citizens of this city, and you have an obligation not only to defend the weak and protect the helpless, but also to refuse supporting those who would harm them. To the extent you have done this, we are truly grateful, but giving Planned Parenthood funds is antithetical to your just and noble obligations. As ministers of justice, you will be held accountable for your decisions, first before your constituents, and then one day before the Eternal Judge. And so I implore you: let justice prevail here in Bloomington, and do not let Planned Parenthood obstruct it.
I know that many will consider this decision a small thing—a drop in the bucket monetarily—but it is far from insignificant. Rather, your choices here will affect not only children in Bloomington, but also the state of your own souls. Already, in my own life, I have seen that failures even in small areas grow larger with time. To whom much has been given, much more will be required; and turning a blind eye to helpless children in this town can bring nothing but harm to your souls, in this life and the next.
And so, council members, I recognize your positions here, and I thank you for your public service. But I ask that you act for the good of the poorest and weakest among us, protect those who cannot give their consent to be murdered, and do not give funds to an organization that kills children and then assuages its own conscience by claiming to serve women. We've heard a number of concerns raised tonight about Arizona's recent immigration law, and rightfully so. But if Arizona's law threatens the civil rights of immigrants, Planned Parenthood violates the most basic right of children—to exist. Please do not support such an organization.
Thank you for your attention.
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The Council's summary document of Planned Parenthood's request for funding states: "In Monroe County, it is estimated that 14,930 women between the ages of 13 and 44 are in need of publicly-funded contraceptives."
Sex with a 13-year-old is a crime. Indiana Code 35-42-4-3 criminalizes sex with a 13-year-old: "A person who, with a child under fourteen (14) years of age, performs or submits to sexual intercourse or deviate sexual conduct commits child molesting, a Class B felony." Sex with a 14-year-old or 15-year-old is a crime if the perpetrator is 18 years or older. (Indiana Code 35-42-4-9.)
It shouldn't have to be said to grown adults, civic leaders, and public officeholders that sex with a 13-year-old is not a public good. It's not good public policy. It is not in the public interest. It is a heinous crime.
The Council has no moral or legal authority to fund Planned Parenthood's request. To do so would knowingly finance and assist in the commission of sex crimes and the sexual exploitation of children—according to the Council's own documents. The Council has no authority to finance or assist in the commission of crimes under the Home Rule Act or any other statute or ordinance. A vote for Planned Parenthood's request is a vote for child molesting.
Quite to the contrary, the Council has a moral obligation and duty as public servants to protect the weak and the defenseless from the strong. It has a duty to protect the children of the community, including those murdered in the womb at Planned Parenthood.
Each Council member is only exercising the authority delegated by Jesus Christ and thus is answerable to Him. One day each Council member will stand before the Lord Jesus Christ to give an account for his vote on this request.
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My name is Carole Canfield. I am a lifelong resident of Monroe County, and a 40-year resident of Bloomington.
So here we are again: Planned Parenthood asks for your approval for its funds request, and you are ready to grant it. Such hypocrisy!!! You're concerned about protecting the lives and rights of illegal immigrants in Arizona, while supporting the lives and rights of the unborn here in our town to be cut off through abortion. No matter what good services Planned Parenthood may provide, they are tainted with the blood of dead children from the abortions they do. Our taxes should NOT go to support an organization with so little regard for human life.
It is no surprise that PP did not request any funds through this most-public council last year—they had just suffered embarrassment a few months prior when their employee was caught red-handed recommending an abortion for an underage girl, and covering up the alleged statutory rape resulting in the pregnancy. I'm sure they thought we'd forget—hoped we'd forget, and that the people of Bloomington would forget. We DIDN'T, we HAVEN'T, and we WON'T. And we won't go away until the council realizes that supporting Planned Parenthood with our tax dollars is WRONG.
Why would you even think of funding this group that kills people and hides child abuse? I know of no other group whom you would support, that practices such atrocities. Can you tell me of any other group doing this that you would even think of supporting?
Again, funding PP is wrong. I beg you not to give your support to it.