Prayer Targets: Margaret Sanger; Voting our Values; Being Salt and Light
February 12, 2020
And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? (Deuteronomy 4:8)
Dear Praying Friends,
Dedicated to Christian ministry, Worth Loving is Office Coordinator for FRC Action, involved in grassroots engagement, candidate research, and development efforts. Earlier, he was a part of FRC's development department, overseeing FRC's direct mail program. He came to FRC as a summer intern for FRC Action in 2014 and FRC's Marriage and Religion Research Institute in 2015. He was a development assistant at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and a Heritage Foundation intern. A North Carolina native and graduate of Pensacola Christian College, Worth is an alumnus of the John Jay in Philadelphia. He wrote this recent blog post on the racist roots of Planned Parenthood:
Recently, Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest (R-N.C.) came under fire for comments he made regarding Planned Parenthood and its founder, Margaret Sanger. Speaking to an MLK Day breakfast at Upper Room Church of God in Christ in Raleigh, Forest said this: "There is no doubt that when Planned Parenthood was created, it was created to destroy the entire black race. That was the purpose of Planned Parenthood. That's the truth." Forest later defended his comments to McClatchy News: "The facts speak for themselves. Since 1973, 19 million black babies have been aborted, mostly by Planned Parenthood. I care too much about the lives of these babies to debate the intent of Sanger's views when the devastation she brought into this world is obvious."
Margaret Sanger, her sister, Ethel Byrne, and Fania Mindell opened the first birth control clinic in the United States in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York on October 16, 1916. The clinic was later raided by the NYPD, and all three women were arrested and charged with violating the Comstock Act for distributing obscene materials. After laws governing birth control were relaxed, Sanger founded the American Birth Control League in 1921, which was renamed the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in 1942.
While Lieutenant Governor Forest was attacked by many on the Left for pushing an uneducated, insensitive agenda, history backs him up. The fact is that Margaret Sanger strongly believed the Aryan race to be superior and that it must be purified, a view that finds its roots from Charles Darwin's defense of evolution in The Origin of Species. Darwin argued that a process of "natural selection" favored the white race over all other "lesser races." Sanger advocated for eugenics by calling for abortion and birth control among the "unfit" to produce a master race, a race consisting solely of wealthy, educated whites. Sanger said she believed blacks were "human weeds" that needed to be exterminated. She also referred to immigrants, African Americans, and poor people as "reckless breeders" and "spawning...human beings who never should have been born."
Sanger once wrote "that the aboriginal Australian, the lowest known species of the human family, just a step higher than the chimpanzee in brain development, has so little sexual control that police authority alone prevents him from obtaining sexual satisfaction on the streets." In an effort to sell her birth control and abortion proposals to the black community, Sanger said: "We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population." In 1926, Sanger was also the featured speaker at a women's auxiliary meeting of the Ku Klux Klan in Silver Lake, New Jersey.
Sanger opened her clinics in largely minority neighborhoods because she believed immigrants and the working class were inferior and needed their population controlled so as to purify the human race. That trend continues today where almost 80 percent of Planned Parenthood facilities are located in minority neighborhoods. In fact, although only 13 percent of American women are black, over 35 percent of all black babies are aborted in the United States every year. Abortion is the leading cause of death for blacks in the United States. According to Students for Life of America, "more African-Americans have died from abortion than from AIDS, accidents, violent crimes, cancer, and heart disease combined." Black babies are about five times more likely to be aborted than whites. On Halloween in 2017, Planned Parenthood's "Black Community" Twitter account tweeted: "If you're a Black woman in America, it's statistically safer to have an abortion than to carry a pregnancy to term or give birth."
While Margaret Sanger tried to portray Planned Parenthood as a merciful organization that helps needy families, the facts speak for themselves. In her testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in September 2015, former Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards openly admitted that over 80 percent of her organization's annual revenue comes from performing abortions and not basic health care for poor or disadvantaged women. When you dive deeper, well over 90 percent of Planned Parenthood's annual revenue comes from performing abortions.
Despite this sordid history, Margaret Sanger is almost universally recognized as a pioneer for women's rights rather than the racist she actually was. When accepting Planned Parenthood's Margaret Sanger Award, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that she "admired Margaret Sanger enormously, her courage, her tenacity, her vision...I am really in awe of her." Those like Hillary Clinton are ignoring the explicitly racist statements that Margaret Sanger made throughout her life. The fact is that Sanger normalized birth control and abortion in the United States as a means to accomplish eugenics. Her ultimate goal was to eliminate non-white races, people with sickness or disabilities, children born to felons, the poor, and immigrants, to name a few.
Margaret Sanger is no heroine, and Planned Parenthood is not some merciful health care provider as the Left paints it to be. Margaret Sanger repeatedly stated her racist intentions for the whole world to see and hear, and Planned Parenthood was and still is the manifestation of those racist ideologies. America was founded on the idea that no matter your race, creed, national origin, disability, or station in life, everyone who comes here or is born here has the opportunity to live a successful, fulfilling life. Margaret Sanger didn't believe that.
As pro-life Christians, we must do our part to expose Margaret Sanger for who she really was. We must also expose the racist history of Planned Parenthood and how it is relevant today. For more information on Margaret Sanger and the racist roots of Planned Parenthood, check out these FRC resources: Planned Parenthood Is Not Pro-Woman and The Real Planned Parenthood: Leading the Culture of Death (Worth Loving, "Margaret Sanger and the Racist Roots of Planned Parenthood," Feb. 10, 2020)
Voting Our Values -- George Washington and John Adams both warned us that our Republic could not endure without morality -- and that morality could not endure without religion. Those who labor ceaselessly to extinguish the influence and impact of God's people from the public square do not realize what would happen to this nation without what Christ said we are: the "salt of the earth" and the "light of the world." But Jesus warned believers that "if the salt loses its savour it will become good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men" (Mt 5:13).
Voters do vote their values, whether they are good or bad. People who want the government to take from some and give to others who are not willing to work and save money will vote for people who promise them the world for nothing. People who want to smoke marijuana or practice other vices will vote for candidates who promise to legalize the sale and use marijuana, no matter what the implications for our young people and society. Those enslaved to illicit sex will vote for candidates who practice and/or advocate for special protections and benefits to those who practice such lifestyles, regardless of the impact upon everybody else and society.
Those who understand biblical justice and righteousness and who want to see true justice and righteousness will vote for candidates who share their vision and burden. Those who care about the economy and the practical needs of families and individuals, including those with special needs, will do all they can to support free enterprise, small government, and lower taxes and vote for those who will honestly act to achieve those goals. Our Founders did not guarantee us a utopia but promised us freedom so that we could pursue happiness and prosperity without undo restraints – not government control, but liberty. Too many Americans, especially young people, seem ignorant of history and the utter failure of countries that embrace socialistic economic systems. Russia and China have both had to loosen the hold on their economies in order to survive. To the degree that they attempt to maintain bureaucratic control, they struggle. Just a few years ago, Venezuela was one of the richest countries in the western hemisphere. Now, we are watching a tragic economic catastrophe in that country as a result of their choice of socialism as their economic system.
But there are four chief necessities for countries that want to experience true blessing and prosperity, and we must vote for men and women dedicated to preserving them. 1) The Nuclear Family -- Marriage and parenthood are foundational to any society. Ordained by God, parents have been given authority and responsibility to bring up their children in the faith, without competition, interference, or usurpation by the state except in the rarest cases. 2) Religious Liberty -- More than any other factor, religious liberty promotes prosperity in a society. 3) Respect for the Sanctity of Human Life -- A pro-life voting record and true pro-life conviction is an absolute must for any candidate we vote for.God hates the shedding of innocent blood. Those who value human life believe every life is made in the image of God and is immensely valuable. God will not allow America to prosper forever if we persist in holding up abortion as a "constitutional right" or "human right." 4) The Fear of God -- Those who seek political office must strive to place God's commandments first in their lives (Ex 18:21).
Every American election is a time of confrontation, and increasingly so in America today. Many Americans have strayed far from the eternal moral laws of God. There are now politicians who pander to immorality without regard for the public good, appealing to the basest instincts of men. Many in our country are ignorant of history or captive to some political party without regard for the principles of right and wrong. Our choices at election time have become more and more are like the choices Elijah set before the people of Israel on Mount Carmel. Indeed, far too many Americans have adopted the practice of those who worshiped Baal in Elijah's day. Elijah demanded, "Choose ye this day whom ye will serve.
And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, "How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him." And the people answered him not a word. (1 Kgs 18:21)
The people could not answer Elijah's question. That is the way it is in America today. We who believe cannot be that way in any future American election. We must roll up our s leeves, do our homework, know God, know the candidates, ask questions, and pray, pray, pray! We must be salt and light! (Read David Closson's Biblical Principles for Political Engagement: Worldview, Issues, and Voting; see also FRC Action's Scorecard of the current Congress)
Please read through each sentence of this piece regarding Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood. Read over the commentary on voting our values and pray as the Lord leads you. These are matters of life or death.
Your prayers are more important than ever! Thank you for praying!