JERUSALEM, ISRAEL — There broke out a severe persecution of the Church in Jerusalem,
and all were scattered throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria,
except the Apostles.
Devout men buried Stephen and made a loud lament over him.
Saul, meanwhile, was trying to destroy the Church;
entering house after house and dragging out men and women,
he handed them over for imprisonment. [ACTS of the APOSTLES 8:1B-8]
Modern culture wars
BALTIMORE, MD — A popular Baltimore TV anchor, Mary Bubala, was terminated for asking the following interview question of a Loyola University Maryland professor regarding local politics:
“We’ve had three female, African-American mayors in a row. They were all passionate public servants. Two resigned, though. Is this a signal that a different kind of leadership is needed to move Baltimore City forward?”
The station received backlash to her question along these lines:
“As a Black man in America, I found your question about having 3 female African Americans on this evening newscast offensive . In a City, which is over 60% black , you have offended thousands of people. You owe your listeners an apology.”
The Baltimore Association of Black Journalists weighed in with this:
“The question implies race and gender are qualifiers in one’s ability to lead while also demonizing African-Americans and women as poor leaders.”
Ms. Bubala apologized on social media for her choice of words, but was not allowed to do so on air. Her station fired her 4 days later.
Encounter at a Planned Parenthood clinic
PHILADELPHIA, PA — On Holy Thursday, Pennsylvania’s first openly gay State Representative (D) Brian Sims, accosted a woman praying a Rosary in front of a Planned Parenthood Clinic with these words:
“You old white woman, shame on you for telling women what they can do with their bodies. What you’re doing out here is disgusting.”
Mr. Sims continues in a similar vein for eight minutes, continually invoking her race, age, religion and gender with derision. You can watch the exchange above.
The woman subjected to his invective is Ashley Garecht, who relates her reaction to the affair in this Tucker Carlson interview below:
Mr. Sims asked for help from his followers in identifying the woman so he could camp protestors outside of her home. Interestingly, Ms. Garecht has not received an apology. Nor has the Democratic Party asked Mr. Sims to resign.
In the year of our Lord 36, the Sanhedrin felt threatened by the young Christians. They stoned Stephen to death for standing up for Christ in the public square. They even sent Saul to people’s homes to persecute Christians, as recounted in the scripture passage quoted at the outset.
In the year of our Lord 2019, Christians still face persecution for standing up for Christ in the public square. Even more, abortion advocates, such as Mr. Sims, call on Big Abortion acolytes to not only accost us in the public square, but to persecute us at our homes.
Race is a particularly sensitive subject in our modern culture wars. Ironically, Mr. Sims felt comfortable invoking racism, sexism, ageism, and even anti-Catholic bigotry in his bullying of the Catholic Ms. Garecht.
Ironically, America’s Black culture has been ravaged by Big Abortion, as you can see in the graphic above. African-American women represent but 13% of the female population, but 36% of all abortions in the U.S.
These disparities are chilling.
The disproportionate impact human abortion has on this critical group of Americans deeply disturbs Iowans for LIFE. That’s why our keynote speaker at our 9th annual banquet on October 3rd will be EWTN radio personality, Gloria Purvis, speaking on: “Racism, Abortion, and Medical Care: One Woman’s Testimony.” (Register today here.)
The Brian Sims of the world condemn pro-lifers for standing up for unborn Black babies in the public square. They are misguided. They need our prayers, because they are not beyond hope, not at all.
Just ask St. Paul.