Friday, February 27, 2015
Some things are just not funny. . .
First Things recorded that the “Director of Civil and Human Rights” for the United Methodist Church, Bill Mefford, posted a picture to Twitter yesterday mocking the pro-life marchers. Mefford, who works for the church’s lobby arm, the General Board of Church and Society, ridiculed the marchers by posting a picture of himself standing before them with a sign saying “I march for sandwiches.”
Paul Stallsworth, himself a UMC pastor, wrote in First Things of his own sorrow over that sign. You can read him here. . .
While we adamantly disagree with the pro-choice position, the worst thing of all in this debate that has divided America since 1973 is that we trivialize either position or the debate as a whole. Surely the stakes of this issue are too high to allow us to mock what has caused hurt, consternation, division, and passion to several generations of Americans. Mr. Mefford may have thought he was being cute, even witty. In the end he showed himself to be the joke. I hope and pray that all sides in this debate are serious about the issues, serious about the consequences, and serious about the stakes of our choice as a nation to permit the life of children in the womb to be ended at the will of the mother. Whether you are pro-choice or pro-life, this is not funny, not in the least, and not at all.