On The Square provides this letter written by a Lutheran Minister who was approached by a Presbyterian Minister about supporting SB5 to support embryo-destructive research in Delaware:
I am sure that you write with the noblest of intentions. However, I need to tell you that I have absolutely no interest in signing a letter to encourage our legislators to introduce into Delaware an alien gospel in line with the Third Reich’s “lebensunwertes Leben.” It saddens me to find Christians willing to jump on that bandwagon. I am also sure that there will be ethical issues or ministries of justice or charity where we can and will work together, so I do not see this nor do I intend this as a door slamming in your face.
In Christ’s Peace,
The Rev. Matthew M. Hummel, M.A., S.T.S.
Pastor, Saint Stephen’s Lutheran Church
Dean, Delmarva Conference/DEMD Synod/ELCA
B.A., Environmental Sciences, Virginia
Father of an adopted child
Brother of a profoundly disabled sibling
Son of one parent who has died of cancer
Friend of several people with various neuromuscular degenerative diseases
Spiritual caregiver to many who have died of diseases that “could be cured but for the recalcitrant obscurantist Christians”—so please don’t tell me I don’t get it. I get it all rather too well. I grew up in a household where Pastor Niemöller’s words were taught at an early age: “First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.”
Only difference is, this time, they are starting with the unborn.
It’s always good to see other Christian denominations standing for the Life God gave us all.