2016-12-12 BY MICHAEL HICHBORN
On December 3, the Catholic Climate Covenant (CCC) made headlines by equating climate change with abortion. Sarah Spengeman, the director of programs for CCC told the San Diego Union-Tribune, “It’s clear that climate change is a pro-life issue.” She added, “If we want to leave our children an inhabitable earth, if we have a responsibility to the unborn, we have a responsibility to act on climate.”
Abortion is an intrinsically evil act whereas man-made global climate change isn’t even settled science. But while there has already been plenty of online discussion regarding this equivocation, the real question is:
“Why is someone who supports women’s ‘ordination,’ same-sex ‘marriage,’ and is an online member of a group dedicated to the election of pro-abortion politicians speaking on behalf of the Catholic Church and attempting to call-out pro-lifers on anything?”
According to Spengeman’s linkedin profile, she is a member of the EMILY’s List Linkedin group. The only stated mission of EMILY’s List is this: “We elect pro-choice Democratic women to office.” So, its sole purpose for existing is to place pro-abortion women in public office. It’s important to note here that one does not simply click a button to become a member of the Emily’s List linkedin group. In order to become a part of the Emily’s List linkedin group, the individual has to request to join the group and then be approved for membership.
But Spengeman’s association with a stridently pro-abortion organization isn’t the only issue. Sarah Spengeman was a signatory on an Amici Curiae submitted to the Supreme Court by the Human Rights Campaign [the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the United States], endorsing same-sex “marriage.”
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Given this, it’s no surprise that on facebook, Spengeman “likes” dozens of pro-homosexual and pro-women’s ordination groups and stridently pro-abortion politicians.
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Once again, there can be no equating the murder of preborn children with stewardship of the earth. While it can be said that the reckless poisoning of water-supplies, soil and air are sins against our neighbors, it is not tantamount to murder or sins against nature, like abortion and sodomy. Sarah Spengeman’s finger-wagging at pro-lifers is the very height of hypocrisy, and given her background, the only thing she accomplished is to discredit the Catholic Climate Covenant.