Did you hear about the Democrats praying for abortion in Iowa? Usually, when one hears the words “prayer” and “abortion” in the same sentence, it means some horrible, no-good pro-life group is violating a woman’s reproductive rights by showing her hard facts in at least a fleeting manner as she enters an abortion clinic.
Not this time. This was an actual prayer to an actual deity, actually asking for supernatural help to keep those abortion mills grinding.
Byron York explains that the prayer was given by Midge Slater, an organizer for Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans, which is part of the Iowa Federation of Labor and the AFL-CIO. The full text and video is at the link. For those that don’t want to chew on the whole blasphemous enchilada, here are some highlights:
“There are some who would . . . perpetuate an ongoing blockade of women’s right to safe reproductive health care.
We want to . . . ask your guidance to keep and protect the goodness that we are capable of. Lord, we gather today to address that violation of justice and to offer prayers for those who have been caught in this political posturing.”
“We give thanks, O Lord, for the doctors, both current and future, who provide quality abortion care. . . .”
“We pray for women who have been made afraid of their own power by their paternalistic religion. . . .
Today, we pray that all women will know that they are created in the image of God — good and holy, moral and wise.”
“Today, we pray for a continuous love to overflow from our spirits, and we give thanks and celebrate that abortion is still safe and legal.
And finally, O Lord, we pray . . . that we never forget the passion and commitment we feel today, inspired by our understanding of Your message: “Dance, dance, wherever you may be, for I am the Lord of the Dance, said she. And I lead you all, wherever you may be, and I lead you all in the dance, said she.” [bolding mine]
Sooper Mexican already picked up on the pagan vibe: “these are words used in prayer . . . to thank the female goddess for the sacrament of killing babies in the womb.”
But the thing that really stuck out for me was that bravo sierra about the ”Lord of the Dance.” Where did Ms. Slater get that? Does it have anything to do with Michael Flatley?
Mercifully, it does not.
Turns out, “Lord of the Dance” was a song originally written in 1963 by Sydney Carter as a Christian hymn. While the lyrics are new-age-y, the references to Bethlehem, the crucifixion, and the resurrection are plain.
But that’s not the end of the story. Apparently, members of the New Revised Orthodox Order of the Golden Dawn (!) adopted the song and adjusted the lyrics. Given the song’s new-age feel, it’s no surprise that wiccans would like it.
I wonder. To which version of the song was Ms. Slater referring? Notice how she referred to the ”Lord” as “she.”
First of all, whoops: the Lord of the Dance is a male, even in the wiccan version. However, we are all familiar with the way wiccans focus on the feminine–all the Gaia Goddess Earth stuff. Notice, too, Ms. Slater’s elevation of female and the denigration of male in the bolded portions above.
Obviously, I don’t know what religion Midge Slater practices. I’m certainly not claiming she participates in pagan rituals, forms a magic circle, or attempts to invoke the power of gods or goddesses.
But even if by accident, doesn’t her prayer sound curiously wiccan?
Serious You Guys.
Awfully fitting for this “prayer” to sound as though it is directed to the Devil himself. What with it being a prayer for millions to die, and all.
UPDATE: Just Turn Right had a good post on this “abortion prayer” three whole days ago: “This is either a blatant sacrilege, or one of the most profound misunderstandings of God’s teachings I’ve ever heard.” Oh dear. Now I’ll start mulling over the question of whether this is an example of ignorance or calculation. Mercy!