Trinity 21 – The Gift of the Word


Sermon by Rev. Christian C. Tiews – 10/24/2010

The man believed the word that Jesus spoke” (Jn 4:51).

Born in upper state New York in 1879, the energetic girl had grown up in a deeply religious Catholic family—the sixth of eleven children.

But when her mother died, something snapped in the depths of the young girl’s soul.

She turned away from the Lord.

She became an atheist.

Spitting in the face of a society still very mindful of the Biblical mandate to “be fruitful and multiply,” the young woman began to champion a completely foreign and alien worldview.

In order to “purify” the human race, she took it upon herself to try and reduce the number of children in America she considered undesirable, most of whom just happened to be from ethnic minorities.

How did she plan to cut back on their numbers?

By placing what she called “birth control” clinics primarily in minority neighborhoods….

Her racist philosophy did not go unnoticed.

In 1926 she was invited to address the Women’s Auxiliary of the Ku Klux Klan in Silver Lake, New Jersey.

A dozen invitations by other racist groups quickly followed.

This woman went on to found an organization now known as Planned Parenthood, which is directly or indirectly responsible for the death of over fifty million American children since 1973.

What had caused a girl from a conservative Catholic family… to become a leading spokesperson for a worldview much akin to Adolf Hitler’s—culling people she deemed weak and substandard in order to improve the genetic qualities of the American population?

In a nutshell, she did the exact opposite of what the official in our Gospel lesson had done.

He had believed the word Jesus spoke.

But Margaret Sanger chose to disbelieve the Word of the Lord.


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