Why is Christianity Today Defending Racist Abortion Activist Margaret Sanger?

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Christianity Today, founded by none other than Billy Graham, is not only the name of a popular magazine/online news source for evangelicals, it’s a phrase that makes one wonder: “What is Christianity today?” I would suggest, in too many ways, it’s largely disconnected from the Christ who inspired it.

“I do not mean to excuse Sanger for holding these views, but I do want to give the charge of ‘eugenicist’ a more complete background,” writes Stone as she chooses to give a selective background of the inarguably racist, elitist and anti-Christian worldview of one of the leading members of the American Eugenics Society. (If she wanted a more complete background, she could easily have watched Maafa21 and gotten a thorough perspective on the mother of Planned Parenthood.) Instead, she proudly tweeted: “I am @amyjuliabecker’s blog today, defending #MargaretSanger and talking about how #birthcontrol saves lives.” (Thanks to SaynSumthn blog for screen grabbing the tweet!) Stone has since removed the tweet and later claimed she was never trying to defend Margaret Sanger.
Her twitter responses further illuminated a cluelessness about the central figure in her article, stating in several different tweets that: “I believe I did not accurately estimate how great a distraction the Sanger example would be. My primary concern is global women’s health not defending Margaret Sanger…In her early days, she was motivated by compassion for the least of these.”
Nice try. From Sanger’s early days (she established her first “clinic” in 1916) to her dying days (in 1966), her eugenic views about birth control and human life were despicable. Here are just a few Sanger quotes (from her own writings) that span the entire spectrum of her public activism:

  • “Organized charity itself is the symptom of a malignant social disease…Instead of decreasing and aiming to eliminate the stocks [of people] that are most detrimental to the future of the race and the world, it tends to render them to a menacing degree dominant.” (Pivot of Civilization, 1917, Chapter 5, “Cruelty of Charity”)
  • “Birth control itself, often denounced as a violation of natural law, is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defective.” (Women And The New Race, 1920, Chapter 18)
  • “We who advocate Birth Control, on the other hand, lay all our emphasis upon stopping not only the reproduction of the unfit but upon stopping all reproduction when there is not economic means of providing proper care…We hold that the world is already overpopulated.” (Birth Control and Racial Betterment, Birth Control Review, February 1919, page 11)
  • “…apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is already tainted…to apportion farm lands and homesteads for these segregated persons where they would be…for the period of their entire lives…the whole dysgenic population would have its choice of segregation or sterilization.” (Plan For Peace, Birth Control Review, April 1932, Vol 26, Number 4)
  • “I think the greatest sin in the world is bringing children in the world—that have disease from their parents that have no chance in the world to be a human being practically. Delinquents, prisoners, all sorts of things just marked when they’re born. That to me is the greatest sin.” (1957 video interview with Mike Wallace)

Granted, Stone somewhat alludes to Sanger’s eugenic views, but then excuses them because other “medical professionals” held the same ones. Well, they were just as wrong. From Sanger’s first public moments to the end of her life, her repugnant views never changed…just the semantics. After World War II, for instance, it wasn’t as popular to talk about forced sterilizations in light of the American Eugenics export of “racial hygiene theory” and the Holocaust that was based and implemented on its pseudoscientific lies. So Sanger suggested “voluntary” sterilizations of humans who were “unfit” to reproduce.
I find that certain liberals love their anecdotes but have such an aversion to history. It seems to be all about feelings. It’s all about the emotional devoid of the evidential.
I just returned from speaking on a panel at the United Nations, “Living Cooperation: Sexual Rights and Religious Rights at the UN”, which was part of a 2-week long conference for the Commission on the Status of Women (#CSW59). The panel consisted of 6 speakers. I joined 2 others from C-Fam (Center for Family and Human Rights) who shared a pro-life/pro-family worldview. Three other speakers (SisterSong, Muslims for Progressive Values, and International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission), and the moderator shared a pro-abortion, pro-redefined-family/LGBT worldview. The conversation was wonderfully respectful and allowed some great dialogue. The interesting commonality among those who advocated for abortion and LGBT “rights” was that feelings were the basis of truth…not biological facts, not history, not statistics…just the emotional.
Monica Simpson, the ever-affable Executive Director of SisterSong, made the common claim about abortion reducing maternal mortality using Georgia as an example (giving rates but not actual numbers). Just to clarify, in 2007, 548 women sadly died throughout the entire United States from pregnancy complications; there were over 1.2 million abortions. I responded to Simpson that the Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) in America plummeted from 574.3 per 100,000 live births in 1917 to 26.1 per 100,000 live births in 1970 all without legalizing abortion (see infographic). It was medical advances like penicillin and sterilized medical equipment and environments and better healthcare that led to this drastic decline in deaths—not abortion and not contraception.
Better healthcare for women before, during and after pregnancy is the solution–not cancer-causing oral contraceptives, bone-density reducing Depo Provera, and billion-dollar population-control organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (promoted in her article) which believes in achieving a very eugenic “zero population growth” (because humans, in the pseudoscience of eugenics, are the scourge upon the earth…well, at least those deemed “less fit” to live). In this alarmist TED presentation that addresses the need to stop population growth to “save the planet” (see video here starting at 2:28), Bill Gates says: “First we got population. The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s headed up to about 9 billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent.” How do vaccinations reduce population growth? How does better healthcare reduce population growth? Only efforts like sterilization, birth control and abortion prevent and/or eliminate reproduction. This may explain why the Gates Foundation gives millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood.
Perhaps Stone, like many other liberal evangelicals, is naïve about global “family planning” funding and that it is inseparable from abortion. Perhaps Stone would rather ignore the 320% risk increase of Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) that women who use oral contraceptives (OC) face over those who don’t use OC (Louise Brinton, Ph.D., Branch Chief and Senior Investigator of the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute, was one of the lead researchers in this study that is ignored by her own employer). Perhaps Stone knows nothing of the clandestine and immoral Depo-Provera human experiments and how the injectable drug is aimed at primarily African countries. It is, by the way, the “birth control” choice of Melinda Gates’ efforts.
Stone uses old disputed data that, if one spent any time researching, would realize is a conjured stat from the Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organization (WHO). She promotes the false narrative of 68,000 women dying from “unsafe” abortions, globally, as proof for the need for contraception. Guttmacher has revised this “stat” to 47,000 several years ago, although it doesn’t change the fact that the Planned Parenthood-funded organization cites the WHO as the source of the data, who then cites Guttmacher as the source of the data. Nice circular citation. She does realize, I hope, that abortion is always unsafe for at least one of the human beings involved and often for both mother and child (whether in a legal or an illegal abortion).
In fact, Stone then plugs a “study” done by Guttmacher (although her link goes nowhere, this is the study she’s regurgitating) that extols all of the alleged “benefits” of contraception with the typical unsubstantiated “stats” that the pro-abortion think tank is known for. The study is jointly done, by the way, by the UNFPA (formerly known as the United Nations Fund for Population Activities but now with the acronym-challenged name of United Nations Population Fund) which has been instrumentally involved in supporting and enabling China’s barbaric One-Child Policy. Contraception, here in the U.S., has not reduced our national unintended pregnancy rate. In 1995, according to the CDC, that rate was 49%. Twenty years later, even Guttmacher admits that the rate has only increased; it is 51% today. So with more access to contraception than ever before, we face more unintended pregnancies. And Guttmacher declared: “The truth is that behind virtually every abortion is an unintended pregnancy.” This while the million-dollar abortion activist organization weaves tall tales, like the study and deceptive “stats” Stone promoted in her article.
One would think that Stone, as a professing Christian, would do more to discover truth since it’s Truth that saves people lives, not birth control.
From Life News
For more on Billy Graham, you might want to purchase Dr. Cathy Burns book, BILLY GRAHAM AND HIS FRIENDS: A HIDDEN AGENDA?

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0 responses to “Why is Christianity Today Defending Racist Abortion Activist Margaret Sanger?

  1. It certainly appears Christianity Today is a leftwing Christian (an oxymoron) publication, to be shunned by us.
    I also recently discovered that Catholic Relief Services promotes contraception and abortifacient drugs in Africa. Never will I donate even one cent to this charity.

  2. The Bible makes it very plain that as born-again believers we are to be ‘in this world but not of this world.’ Those lines have been merged to the point where there is no distinguishing difference between believers and non-believers in far too many cases. My favorite along this line is ‘if you belong to this church you will get to Heaven!” We actually have a local church that believes that and it is affilated with a major mainstream religious organization.

  3. Infiltration by progressive left/liberal cultural Marxists (like Liberation Theology heretics) who feel morally-squishy feel-good paganism beats anything God would want? (They’d call it “spirituality” too sound cool… )

  4. I used to think that Communism was the most wicked idea in the world. But it is EUGENICS, conceived by the British, that is the most wicked idea in the world.
    Margaret Sanger must have been possessed by Satan. And her life was further proof that loyal Catholics are not the Danger to the World atheists insist they are; Rather, it is Catholics like Sanger who have successfully renounced their faith that pose the real Threat.
    Sanger died on September 6, 1966. That’s 6 – 6 – 6. ‘Nuff said!

    • I believe madalyn murray o’hair was possesed by satan as well…they probably know eachother in hell

    • You know in the 1920’s in America Eugenics was going big time strong, and it was Hitler who used much of the American Eugenics. It’s still in full swing. Here is a piece from an article I did quite some time ago on Michele Bachmann: Sorry all the links didn’t come in
      Michelle only gets a B- on immigration from Numbers (that’s not to say I trust Numbers, but let’s take a look). She’s strongest on opposing legalizing amnesty, securing the borders, supporting local law enforcement and ending birthright citizenship. She’s totally unhelpful on reducing overall immigration, ending the Visa Lottery, limiting unfair worker competition, and implementing entry/exit laws. Unfortunately, and this is the real crux of the matter, she is 100% for E-Verify. Goals 2000 is in place, School to Work is in place, Secondary, Elementary Education Act is in place, and ALL THAT IS LEFT IS THE GLOBAL WORKFORCE! How would you like to go through the government data base for employment? Link This is what E-Verify does, for everyone! Read Marc Tucker’s letter to Hillary. All that is left to finish their agenda is the workforce and they will hide that in “inconspicuous legislation.” What a more perfect place than illegal legislation.
      To top it off, most of the anti-illegal organizations were founded by John Tanton. Here is a list of his network, and please notice population control and eugenics. John Tanton M.D. is “publisher of The Social Contract and served as editor for its first 8 years. He is a retired eye surgeon whose boyhood on a farm made him into an ardent conservationist and advocate for the environment. His conviction that continued human population growth was a large part of the conservation problem led him to chair the National Sierra Club Population Committee (1971-74), and to the national board of Zero Population Growth (1973-78, including a term as president, 1975-77). In 1979, Tanton shifted his focus towards fighting immigration to reduce the U.S. population, and organized the anti-immigrant Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) based in Washington, D.C. Since then, Tanton has formed, funded, or otherwise been affiliated with many prominent anti-immigration organizations, in what has been termed the John Tanton Network. He is also closely affiliated with a number of white supremacist organizations such as the Pioneer Fund. Tanton’s close relationships with white nationalists and eugenics is documented at the Center for New Community.

  5. “women’s health”, as it is known today, is an oxymoron. Women should do their best for their bodies and babies (which are interchangeable) not murder their babies and damage their bodies in the process. There is nothing “healthy” about that.

  6. Hmmmm Christianity Today, many years ago I subscribed to it and then a pentacostal Christian I worked with browbeat me to repent of reading it as it was a secular humanist magazine straight out of hell. he also warned me about reading new age occultist filth like CS Lewis

    • Art, I was beginning to think that I was the only non-C S Lewis fan. During one of our family tragedies, someone gave me a book to read by him. I was extremely disappointed and wonder because the lady that gave it to me, I thought was a wonderful Christian lady. I did not even get through the first fifty pages before I knew it was not for me. Oh well!

    • Well, probably he was partially right, but still, shouldn’t we know our enemies? As for CS Lewis, some love him, some, like your friend, think he’s new age nutter, and I’d probably go along with your friend, yet there are some things that are superb that he wrote

    • I do not agree with every position taken by C.S. Lewis, and we certainly have some doctrinary differences, but to call his writing “new age occultist filth” simply goes too far. Besides, I would hardly take the word of a Pentacostal on matters of faith and doctrine anyway, since many of the major Pentacostal churches even reject the Trinity.
      C.S. Lewis had one thing that many modern Christians would be much better off to have — this was a man who had been an atheist in a post-Christian society, who was patiently and unrelentingly stalked in his heart by the Living Christ, almost like a latter day Paul, and he never once lost his sense of wonder and gratitude at the very notion that God Himself would pay the price and save his soul.

    • The coworker I mentioned was NO friend of mine. He was the kind of person would walk by my cubicle and drop a chick comic on my chair about hell.
      To be honest CS reading Lewis Mere Christianity and some of his other non fiction drew my interest more toward Christian issues. The guy also told me to get a Bible, so I got an NIV and then was told to burn it as it was straight from satan. It’s bad enough I had a horrible childhood from toddler on tons of abuse that carried through into my 40s….but that’s fodder for a book

      • Art, I’m sorry you had a terrible childhood. Mine was wonderful until mother remarried when I was 12, to an alcoholic abuser. But I still had my mom’s family, grandparents on the farm and wonderful wonderful memories. Basically it was 6 years of hell, and I got out when I went to college, but God was and is always there for us. He saw me through so many trials and tribulations, including a husband who cheated on me and broke my heart. But guess what? Thirty two years ago, a man whose wife cheated on him, was sent to me by God, and we’ve been married for 30 years now. I’ve been blessed, oh so blessed. Don’t discount the Lord or His Word, and yes, the NIV has some problems, big time, but I started with a child’s bible and then a teenage bible, and then KJV/1901 Revised Standard. Hang in there kiddo…we all hear ya!

        • I’ve come to believe something calvanists who knew me told me years ago told me “it looks like you are one of the unfortunates who God has abandoned forever, some are created for the purpose of being damned to hell and nothing you can do will change that….but rest in the fact it is all done for gods glory…..at that point I hated the very thought of this sick god where we are just pawns on he and satans chess board

          • Art, stick around…long about series 20-21, I discuss extreme Calvinists/Dominionists Reconstructionists which will explain some of what you went through. Why do Calvinists have outreach for the gospel if they believe everything is predestined. God Himself says He wishes NONE would be lost. You are one of the “Walking Wounded” from a church that is not Orthodox. Basically, it’s faith alone that saves anyone. And works are done that the Holy Spirit leads you to do, but it’s not by Works that we’re saved.
            Ephesians 2:8-9King James Version (KJV)
            8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
            9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
            10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
            So, there you have it…Christianity is really very simple, unlike Hinduism or Buddhism or any of the other false religions. There is no work, Jesus did that for all of us. For God so loved the World, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosever believeth on Him, shall be saved.
            Discount the harshness of the people you’ve mentioned…Look UP! Your redemption draweth nigh, in a God of Love and mercy…Jesus, King of Glory.

            • I had not heard of Calvinism until a year or so ago. A gentleman in our Sunday School class asked me to read some books on it. He was wanting my imput. I don’t think I was much help because I simply could not understand where the authors, who were writing about Calvinism, were coming from. I think this gentleman had some family who were very into Calvinism and he was worried about the. I think he has every right to be.
              These books were very deep. Christianity is so simple and I think people try to make it so complicated.

              • when we get to part 20-21, it’s all about extreme calvinism, and it absolutely scares me because it’s so like Islam, and they want to live under the 613 OT laws for all of society other than a few dietary laws. Really is pervasive too, in a lot of religions, even some orthodox have had some infiltration, probably don’t know it, but they have.

          • art,
            I’m sorry your life has been so difficult, but the Triune God created you and loves you, and does not abandon anyone, even less forever. Despair is of the devil.


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