2009-06-19 / Letters

The Church's Role In Society

Dear Editor,

Before anyone else shoots an abortion doctor, maybe our religious institutions should ask if we have done our part in cleaning up the real cause of abortions. How many religious institutions have looked through the eyes of federal law enforcement agencies at the quality of family life in America? If we just look at a few statistics below, we may see who is really at fault for abortions.

Is it not the role of the Church to design our moral fiber? After all, what kind of men do we have in our society, who have to run to the mighty doors of the White House or the chambers of the Supreme Court to make a woman have a baby for them?

It is kind of sick, and an indication that the real causes for abortion are deep social ills that the church and all other religious institutions must address. For example, statistics reveal that a married woman is in a lot more danger than a single woman of being a victim of domestic violence. Six out of ten women, victims of homicide, were murdered during acts of domestic violence.

Every 21 days a woman is murdered in another domestic violence episode. Nearly 80 percent of the young men in jail for murder between the ages of 16 and 23 are in jail for killing their mother's domestic offender. Why were these children ever put in this position? We cannot have the rotten roots of domestic violence in our society and expect good fruit to be falling from the everyday "Tree of Life."

When was the last time your church sent toys, coats, and cookies to a domestic violence shelter, or a homeless shelter during the holidays? Why don't churches have baseball teams, give piano lessons, or have monthly flea markets or more pot luck dinners and pie parties for mothers to share recipes, and cooking classes? These economically hard times are great opportunities for churches to reach out to the community.

Remember the colonial days in America where the church was the "fun center" of the community? Why

Letters not send petitions to Congress to ask them to give tax incentives to restaurants and theaters for having a "Discount Family Weekend" once a month.

Why do our churches allow our society to make it impossible to carry children anywhere? Everything is so expensive. Again, we tell young women, "There is no place for you and your child in our society! Just rot at home!" Then we wonder why they don't want children. It becomes a position of imprisonment, poverty, abandonment, abuse, hunger, frustration, and horror at the hands of a partner, or at the door of hopelessness.

In the late 1980s, I was a magazine editor at the Congress of Racial Equality in Manhattan. They were a non-government organization, and while I was there, I read a drastic report which indicated that women were being treated so badly, even in industrialized countries, that they would not be fit for motherhood by the mid-1990s.

We are now in the year 2009, and some university studies have indicated that domestic violence is a gross and growing epidemic in America … At least 2.5 million women are victims of domestic violence each year.

Out of every 1,000 pregnancies, 154 women are victims of domestic violence in the first four months. By the last five months of pregnancy, 170 out of every 1,000 pregnant women are assaulted, which can cause fetal fractures, rupture of the uterus, liver or spleen or even miscarriage. Every 7.4 minutes, there is another domestic violence assault.

We can fix our society if we pray, and stop telling God what he can't do! The reason we must hurry and fix our social cruelties is because, when a woman has an abortion, one person dies.

When a woman tries to have a botched abortion, two people die. Let's heal our society, so women will no longer be under pressure to erase their young, or themselves. Religious centers must treat young women with compassion instead of venom, contempt, and jealousy. Have we all lost our souls?

The church methods used now, for trying to stop abortions are as effective as trying to stop groups of hungry children from fighting over bread by cutting off their hands. The only thing they will accomplish is a double homicide.

If our churches are too ill to heal our society, then we are committing the sin of Omission, and the President and Supreme Court do not have a cure for that!

JEAN JENKINS

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