Planned Parenthood-affiliated religious group mimics 40 Days for Life, prays instead for abortion

A pro-abortion “prayer and contemplation” campaign mimicking 40 Days for Life is scheduled to conclude later this month in Humboldt County, according to the Six Rivers Planned Parenthood website.

A group that calls itself “Humboldt County Clergy for Choice” is sponsoring “40 Days of Prayer & Contemplation” in support of abortion, which began on March 18 and is scheduled to conclude April 27.

According to a flyer from Humboldt County Clergy for Choice, the following events were scheduled during its “40 Days of Prayer & Contemplation” campaign in favor of abortion:

Sunday, March 18 — Rabbi Naomi Steinberg hosted a kickoff interfaith prayer service at Temple Beth El in Eureka, while at the Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Bayside, Sufi dances for “universal peace” were conducted “honoring the spiritual wisdom of women, past and present.”

Monday, March 26 — Rev. Jeri Gray-Reneberg led a discussion on ending domestic violence at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Fortuna.

Today, at the Old Town Gazebo in Eureka, Rev. Dave Holmquist (unaffiliated with any church) and Nancy Dye (Psychology professor at Humboldt State University who has won Planned Parenthood’s “Maggie Award” named after Margaret Sanger, and “Clergy for Choice convener”) will lead a “celebration of women & reproductive rights.”

Friday, April 27 — Rev. Cindy Storrs, Pastor of Arcata United Methodist Church, will host a closing celebration with “prayers, quiet, sharing and fellowship.”

According to the flyer, different days have been set aside for different intentions. Below are some examples:

Day 1: Pray for women “for whom pregnancy is not good news, that they know they have choices.”

Day 9: Pray “for women who are afraid of their lovers. May they find the confidence to turn away from abuse and take care of themselves.”

Day 26: Give thanks “for the intelligence, talent, wit, and wisdom of all the women and girls in our lives.”

Day 34: “Today we give thanks for abortion escorts who guide women safely through hostile gauntlets of protestors.”

Day 38: “Today we pray for a cloud of gentleness to surround every abortion facility. May everyone feel calm and loving.”

Day 40: “Today we give thanks and celebrate that abortion is still safe and legal.”

Clergy for Choice’s homepage is hosted on the website of Six Rivers Planned Parenthood, headquartered in Eureka. “We trust you to decide about your sexuality, having your children, and planning your family,” according to the site. “…Humboldt County Clergy are available to talk with you about the spiritual aspects of choice. Find out more by calling Six Rivers Planned Parenthood…”



Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 12:24 AM By Abeca Christian
You’ll find almost the same groups like these who participate in “gay”pride parades and are supporters of “gays”.

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 1:56 AM By Mike
This is demonic. A complete contravention of orthodox Christian teaching. We are living in a time, my friends, where values are not only in upheaval but have been turned upside down. Lord have mercy.

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 2:20 AM By Dottie
What is their Protestant Religion based upon? It can not be the Bible. “THOU SHALL NOT KILL” – God. Ex 20:13.

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 3:33 AM By Imam Salim Chishti
First of all, they are called “Dances of Universal Peace” and second they are totally non-political, having no agenda other than celebrating the deep mystery spiritual aspect of truth present in all faith traditions.

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 4:33 AM By Catherine
Abortion is The American Holocaust! Day 38 “Today we pray for a cloud of gentleness to surround every abortion facility. May everyone feel calm and loving.” I do not think that during the Holocaust that the Jewish Rabbis would have ever joined a kickoff Interfaith prayer service that called for a cloud of gentleness to surround every crematorium death camp while people were still being cruelly murdered inside. I don’t think the Jewish Rabbis would have asked everyone to be calm and loving or to give thanks that Hitler was celebrating his right to be pro-choice. Would Rabbi Naomi Steinberg have ever had the unbelievably detached sounding gall to stand outside of Auschwitz to tell everyone being burned in an oven to feel calm and loving? This is when you know that human nature can repeat history and that those who should know better are now the ones who are influencing others to also repeat the same evil and then refer to this horrific evil as doing good. Hitler was pro-death choice too. He also thought he was being intelligent and wise for eliminating those who were deemed unwanted. Should a tiny baby, as he or she is being ripped apart in the womb with cold steel forceps, feel calm and loving? Should a baby girl or baby boy being burned alive while also swallowing the burning saline solution down their tiny lungs feel calm and loving? There was no such thing as a cloud of gentleness hovering over the Nazi death camps and there is no such thing as a cloud of gentleness that masks the true evil of abortion. Go ahead Humboldt ministers of death and convince yourselves that you are different than those who helped to murder innocent Jewish children in the death camps of Germany. It is very obvious that you have completely lost every sense of the true meaning of the word gentleness. Each one of you has invited a very dark cloud of evil to surround your hearts and minds. You mock God and you have lost all reasonable sense of decent humanity that you might have once had.

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 5:41 AM By St. Christopher
If the subject was not so dire, the schedule for the “Clergy for Choice” would be a hilarious routine for Saturday Night Live; something like the “Springtime for Hitler” production in “The Producers”. Just asking, but is there anything here about salvation?

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 5:56 AM By Canisius
This is the pro death satanic forces at work and in the open,,these people are agents of the forces of darkness,

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 6:12 AM By Life Lady
God will not be mocked. Please everyone stay as far away from this place as possible. Whatever God is going to do to show His displeasure we all should stay as far away as possible. I am thinking of the incident with the priests of Baal and Melchizedek. If you recall that incident then you know what happened to the false priests of Baal. Amazingly these people must not read their bible. If they had they would know better than to mock God in this way.

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 6:14 AM By Sandra
I pray for all their lost souls.

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 6:24 AM By Ted
Wow ! Where to start pointing out how absolutely sick and ghoulish this is ? A “Maggie” award ? Tribute to Hiler’s Holocaust inspiration – Eugenics ? That’s what “Maggie” was all for. Praying for “gentleness” at abortion facilities ? If you want them to have gentleness shut the damned things down and turn them into coffee shops !!! I hope and pray that they someday realize that “gentle abortion” is a classic example of an oxymoron. Of all the sickness in our society, this points out the worst. When human life is not respected and valued over all other goods, we’re headed for destruction.

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 6:26 AM By David L
True Orwellian doublespeak: “Today we pray for a cloud of gentleness to surround every abortion facility.”

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 7:30 AM By markrite
Does anyone else think that these “prayers and contemplation” IN SUPPORT of butchering preborns is really going anywhere else than to the “lord of the flies”, LUCIFER HIMSELF? Talk about self-delusion! GOD BLESS EVERYONE, MARKRITE

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 7:37 AM By JMJ
Thanks and Praise be to God, that He doesn’t listen to the ‘prayers’ of sinners, unless, of course, they are praying for repentance, called the Sinners Prayer. What domestic violence could be even compared to the violence of torturing and killing an innocent child? “Save and legal” abortions? A mother strapped down onto a cold metal table, with a butcher violating her, can be calm and loving? As we all know: GOD WILL NOT BE MOCKED, and those earthquakes are getting closer and closer. +JMJ+

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 7:47 AM By Susan
The so-called “War on Women” is a sham lie to distract women from the reality that they have fallen for the false gods of materialism, pride, selfishness and sin. There IS a war on women, but it is not what the media claims. It is the ongoing assault on the very nature of women to be mothers and wives, to be nurturers and to support men. The BIGGEST war on woman is the denial of God’s revealed truth about His own mother, Mary, the Queen of Heaven and our own spiritual mother, who has been granted the power and mission to crush the ancient serpent, satan, who is deceiving the world with these lies. Until we DO GOD’s WILL and follow His mother’s advice as HE wants us to, we will continue to have these most unfortunate episodes in “Christianity.” The very ones accusing the Catholic Church of ‘making things us” are the ones doing just that. This woman ‘priest’ looks ridiculous to me. God, help us, Mary, lead us.

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 8:12 AM By JOHN
It’s the blood, the booze and the drugs that causes the insanity.

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 8:33 AM By MD
So, they are praying for and asking God to break His own commandment of thou shalt not kill. That’s a contradiction if I have ever seen one.

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 9:06 AM By Dan
More from the brochure: to Christians: Day 14: “Today we pray for Christians everywhere to embrace the loving model of Jesus in the way he refused to shame women.” And then: Day 25 “Today we pray for women who have been made afraid of their own power by their religion. May they learn to reject fear and live bravely.” That is (Day 12), “Today we pray that women know the power of their stories. May they find their voices and tell their truths.” : Day 28: “Today we pray for the women who travel hundreds of miles to get an abortion. May their determination be rewarded with spiritual strength” Day 7: “Today we pray for the 45 million American women who have had safe, legal abortions. May they stand tall and refuse shame.” As if to crown themselves for their abortion support, the flyer at day 39:”Today we pray for a contagious love to overflow our spirits.” Their message? I think Day 25, quoted above, is the bedrock principle guiding this group. Christiantiy wrecks women by putting them on a guilt trip over this abortion thing. In fact, Christianity is hateful: Day 24: “Today we pray for an end to hateful language that diminishes the dignity of women.” The hateful language would be pro-life advocacy, which comes largely through Christians. Such advocacy constitutes “discrimination agaisnt women” (Day 31). As something of a diabolical contrast, the summit of a woman’s personal and spiritual growth, is to be free from this shame and self-determining in all matters, but especially relating to abortion . The ultimate blasphemy: (Day 18) “Today we pray for all the staff at abortion clinics around the nation. May they be daily confirmed in the sacred care that they offer women.” This is the only reference to the word “sacred” in the brochure. But if abortion constitutes “sacred care” then abortion is a “sacred” rite, an essential component of a women’s power of self determination. I feel like I am with Eve in the garden, listening to the serpent.

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 9:15 AM By Larry
Don’t get too exercised about nonsense from Humboldt County. It is truly a strange place, a world of its own, and with very little cultural influence outside their dark woods and covens.

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 9:59 AM By td
I live a block from this PPfacility. Sick. They haven’t had a single soul on the sidewalk here. Thank God. They have a brand new facility. The old facility can’t hold a renter and word is it is “possessed.” No doubt. Pray with us. We are a small 26000 person town dominated by nearby Arcata’s Humboldt State University – which is notoriously Prochoice Proabortion. We need your prayers

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 10:46 AM By John
Mimicking? No, they are making a mockery of this powerful movement…or trying to at any rate. This desperation ploy is a clear sign that PP is terrified at the impact that quiet, peaceful, non-confrontational protest has. I have participated in 40 Days for Life for 5 years, helping to establish the protest in my own diocese. The abortion clinic people didn’t know how to handle the quiet, solemn vigil that contrasted with the stereotypical screaming protesters waving graphic photos of aborted children. It was this new approach that began to win people over; I saw it when passerbys would stop and ask what I was doing. More than once, I created an ally. When the PP crew launched counter-protests, they were often tawdry affairs. Small, disorganized, confrontational, and disrespectful. Now they seek to co-opt liberal churches. I hope that the local bishops are planning a unified and strong counter to this. I hope that bishops have sent letters to every parish that will explain that no member of any parish in the diocese is to participate in this mockery.

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 11:06 AM By Maryanne Leonard
Ending domestic violence? Nice words, Rev. Jeri. What about starting with a position opposed to murdering the kids?

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 11:10 AM By sam 
Sad to say but what can one expect from Humboldt Co. where so many societal drops out hide in their rebellion against reality.Yet they continue to prey upon society w/their outrageous claims & appeals 4 assistance from the very society which they abjure.

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 11:18 AM By Bakersfield Crusader
To MD at 8:30 a.m. — zzzzot! That brings to mind the stern “get thee behind me, Satan!” rebuke that Peter got from Jesus for thinking in the ways of men rather than of God.

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 11:40 AM By Don Guillermo
The prayer intention for Day 26 is incomplete: Give thanks “for the intelligence, talent, wit, and wisdom of all the women and girls in our lives.” I would add: “including the pre-born baby girls still in the womb.”

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 11:52 AM By Elizabeth
It literally makes me sick to my stomach!!! However, I will continue to pray for them, they are mighty sad and sick people!!!

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 1:07 PM By Peggy
Who are they praying to???

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 1:35 PM By Delilah 
The father of lies and murder is in charge here. He must be upset over the 668 babies saved during this last 40 Days for Life campaign. This 40 days for death is evil, grossly abhorrent and downright indecent. Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us Pax Robbie

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 3:33 PM By Anne T.
I wonder if the words of Mother Teresa to the effect that the worst obstacle to peace in the world is abortion will be mentioned fondly at this prayer and contemplation campaign. Also, I wonder if Susan B. Anthony, the feminist who despised abortion and thought it was an abuse of women and children will be mentioned kindly at this “prayer” service. I think we all know the answer to that one. If they do even mention them it will be only to twist their words and leave out anything that condemns their behavior concerning abortion.

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 4:58 PM By JLS
Life Lady, Melchizediek??? This priest was a priest of God, who met Patriarch Abraham. The name means “king of peace”, and he had nothing at all to do with the Baal worshipers who were confronted by the Prophet Isaiah, many many centuries after Abraham.

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 8:49 PM By JLS
Imam Salim Chishti, good to know the intent of the religious ritual; yet, the point of this thread is the mockery of religion by these deranged people. As you likely know, abortion defies nature as well as God.