Mayor Apologizes for Calling Pro-Lifers “Forces of Darkness”
Lifenews: Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell has apologized for calling pro-life advocates “Forces of Darkness” after he received significant criticism following his using the term to describe pro-life people at a fundraising event for the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
Heartwell defended taxpayer funding for the organization that does more than 25 percent of the abortions nationwide. However, his defense of taxpayer funding for the abortion giant is not what is making waves — instead, a comment about pro-life advocates is upsetting pro-life people.
“Yet, every year, the forces of darkness seek to deprive women of the health and education they need by choking off the funding to Planned Parenthood,” said Heartwell. Heartwell publicly apologized for labeling “ultraconservative” political and religious people as “forces of darkness.”
“My comments were terribly insensitive and I regret
them that I got caught, and to those that I hurt I deeply apologize only state this to save my political butt,” Heartwell interjected during a public comment period near the end of a City Commission meeting.
LifeSiteNews reported that after blasting “ultra-conservative” political and religious “forces,” Heartwell asked “what’s not to love” about Planned Parenthood’s relationship with “vulnerable” women ?”
Heartwell said he also received e-mails from around the country, some labeling him as a demonic force and others offering to pray for him. Several residents identified themselves as Heartwell’s “forces of darkness” and cautioned the ordained minister to rethink his perspective on Planned Parenthood. (Mayor Heartwell is an ordained minister for the United Church of Christ, and served for 14 years at Heartside Ministry, a program for the homeless in Grand Rapids.)
He was criticized for speaking at a Planned Parenthood function, and one resident questioned Heartwell’s spiritual convictions. “You’re messing with God himself,” said Grand Rapids resident Barb Hickedy. “Be careful what holy ground you may be walking on or desecrating.” Some speakers thanked Heartwell for his apology, while adding their disappointment with his comments. “Anybody else want to beat up on the mayor tonight?” Heartwell asked at one point during the public comment period.
Other constituents were not pleased. “To call the majority of your constituents ‘forces of darkness’ is inappropriate,” said Adrienne Urban, a homeschooler and blogger. “I was deeply grieved when I heard” the mayor’s statement, one woman said, adding the mischaracterization brought her to tears. Another said his wording implied pro-lifers were “for Satan.” Some right to life advocates identified themselves as “proud members of the forces of darkness.”
You want to see forces of darkness Mr. Ordained Mayor? Suggest you click on this link (WARNING, extremely graphic photos that demonstrate what an abortion really does).
What kind of world do we live in today when an ordained minister who supports the baby killer operation of Planned Parenthood derides pro-lifers as the forces of darkness? Just sick.