Unless you give them your money, that is, then you’re OK with “pro-life” Perry Noble.
Judging by Noble’s Twitter feed, something got under his skin last week about a campaign that some pro-lifers have organized to persuade people not to purchase Girl Scout cookies because some of the proceeds from those sales go to support Planned Parenthood, an organization that promotes and performs abortions. On Monday he posted an article on his blog where he unloaded on so-called “Christians” for opposing Planned Parenthood, which he defended as Christ-like and mourned the idea of their potential demise.
For an evangelical pastor to embrace Planned Parenthood is shocking, yet telling. Noble, who appears to care not one whit about the primary victims of abortion, uses this story as an opportunity to mock and shame other Christians, including his own denomination.
Noble, who won’t allow anyone to attribute anything but the noblest of intentions to anything he does, doesn’t hesitate before attributing base motives to anyone else. In this case, Noble’s targets are unbalanced busy-bodies, who aren’t really even true Christians.
The term “abortion” is nothing more than a “sin category” they are obsessed with. Unfortunately, far too many “Christians” always seem to be obsessed with the sins of others way more than their own faults and failures….
Far too often the people who are most opposed to a certain type of “sin” are obsessed with the sins of others only so they will not have to deal with their own faults and failures.
Noble apparently embraces the War on Women commonplace by framing his despised Christian pro-lifers as people eagerly wanting to hate women who have had abortions. If we would just meet someone like that, as Perry has, our eyes would be opened.
One of the biggest problems with some people who vehemently oppose abortion is they have never sat down and locked eyes with a woman who has had an abortion….
Abortion carries a scar that runs so deep that most people never fully recover from the damaging impact it has had on them.
And so when “Christians” enter the arena with these wounded people, shouting words of condemnation and with attitudes of hate and disdain, the people who so desperately need the healing of Jesus are actually pushed away from Him because the people who are supposed to be His hands and feet are slapping them, not accepting them.
You know who never recovers from an abortion? Babies.
You know who Perry Noble never considers in his argument? Dead babies.
Now, it’s a good thing for pastors and Christians to care for women who have had abortions, who do need healing and forgiveness, but Noble’s effort at helping such women is made grotesque by his antipathy towards Christians who are also concerned about protecting the first victims of abortion, and in starving abortionists of the funds they need to continue their grim trade.
The evil truth is that Planned Parenthood is an abortion factory. Planned Parenthood kills babies and scars women. Yet, Pastor Noble brags that he is happy for his money to go to them, and he insists that you send them your money, too. He appears to have uncritically accepted Planned Parenthood’s propaganda that it exists to help people, which makes it better than the people behind the boycott.
It really is sad when Planned Parenthood and The Girl Scouts are actually acting more Christ like than many of the people who are taking aim at them through this boycott!
Possibly because they’re so Christlike, Noble wants Planned Parenthood to continue to thrive. God forbid that they should ever shut their doors.
What if this boycott is so effective that … Planned Parenthood has major financial setbacks as a result?
The boycott groups would sit back and yell, “we win!”
My question then would be, “what did you win?” You succeeded in making a point, but you still have not made a difference.
It would make a difference to the babies. The difference between life and death, even.
The reason for the cookie boycott is that the Girl Scouts have in the past and continue to financially support Planned Parenthood. Noble weakly attempts to refute the claim by linking to the Girl Scouts’ website, which states that the national organization has no formal agreement or arrangement with Planned Parenthood. Yet, that doesn’t answer the objection. It remains true that many local and regional divisions within Girl Scouts do support Planned Parenthood, so a boycott would have some effect, even if only small, in slowing the flow of murderous money to Planned Parenthood.
Noble argues that if we boycott the Girl Scouts because their money flows to an organization we disagree with, we would need to withdraw from almost all commerce.
Everyone who calls themselves a Christian needs to go to their pantry and make sure all of the food they have was produced and packaged by Christian companies who fully support a conservative agenda. (Because, if not then it would be hypocritical to be involved in this movement!)
We also need to consider the cars that we drive; after all, the automakers are probably highly involved politically in some causes with which we do not agree.
We then should consider the furniture in our homes, who it was made by…and the people who made our televisions, computers and cell phones.
While much of Noble’s argument is vile, this is just silly. Buying a Girl Scouts cookie is categorically different from all the examples he offers.
First, everyone who purchases the cookies knows that the whole point is to raise funds. We’re not so much buying a food product as we are making a donation to an organization that gives us a treat in return for our contribution. This is not a balanced economic transaction where both buyer and seller benefit equally; we know that we come out poorer on the deal so that the Scouts can profit handsomely from our contribution.
Second, we all do make moral choices with many of the purchases we make. Look at all the environmentally sensitive automobiles and supermarket products that are marketed on the basis of their moral goodness. We’re attracted to moral products, and we can be repulsed by immoral products. For example, several years ago the PajamaPages domain was registered at GoDaddy because it was the cheapest at the time that I registered the name (and it hadn’t started its notorious ad campaign yet). The company’s obnoxious and sexually demeaning advertising prompted me to transfer my business to another provider. It would appear that I was not alone and that GoDaddy has noticed that it should improve the moral tone of its advertising, as we witnessed in the more-decent advertising in the Super Bowl last night.
Third, we have the knowledge, helped by the boycott campaign, that there is a connection between a cookie donation and an organization that gleefully kills babies created in God’s image. If you didn’t know what the Scouts did with your donation, I don’t see a serious moral problem in the transaction. Once you do know, though, you are morally complicit in what the Scouts do with your money.
Whether boycotts are effective is another question for another blog, but Noble’s argument that they are immoral isn’t just flawed, it demonstrates a hypocritical double standard. In the “I’m really a pro-lifer!” preface to his argument, Noble assures us that he has never knowingly voted for a pro-choice candidate, and that it would be difficult to do so in the future.
Fair enough, but if it is virtuous for Noble to withhold one thing of value from abortionists (his vote), why is it any less virtuous for others to withhold money from them? After all, when you vote for a pro-abortion candidate, you aren’t actually voting for abortion itself, but for a person who will attempt to direct our tax payments to organizations like Planned Parenthood. If it’s acceptable in Noble’s book of virtues to oppose tax payments to abortionists, why is it unacceptable to withhold my own money from them and to encourage others to do so, too?
Noble’s argument, then, is muddled and contradictory. Why has he made such a big deal about it, then?
Because it’s an opportunity to hate on other Christians, and, boy, does he appear to relish it.
He repeatedly questions the salvation of people who support the boycott by putting their status as Christians inside quotation marks. For example:
If [Jesus] didn’t come for the purpose of condemnation then I am quite sure He hasn’t asked “His followers” to do it on His behalf.
Far too many “Christians” always seem to be obsessed with the sins of others.
When “Christians” enter the arena with these wounded people…
If [Satan] can get people who call themselves “Christians” to become obsessed with issues other than the Gospel…
If you have ever had an abortion and have been hurt and/or wounded by those who call themselves Christians I would plead with you for your forgiveness.
And so on. He also uses his quotation marks to declare that abortion itself isn’t really a sin.
The term “abortion” is nothing more than a “sin category” they are obsessed with.
The people who are most opposed to a certain type of “sin” are obsessed with the sins of others.
Near the end of the argument he asserts that he’s fully opposed to abortion, though probably in the same way that Neville Chamberlain was “fully opposed” to Hitler. There’s opposed, and there’s Noble’s “fully opposed.” He can say he’s opposed to it as much as he likes, but practically he supports abortion by helping to pay for it.
Not only does he take a shot at Christians in general, he mocks and belittles his own denomination for its support of the boycott of Disney in the ’90s for its financial support of same-sex couples.
By the way, how did that whole “Baptist Boycott of Disney” work out back in 1996? The last time I checked Disney is doing better than ever, and the SBC had less than 4,000 delegates at their convention last summer…hmm.
Do you hear the contempt there? He’s digging the dagger into the denomination that helped start his own church, then twisting it by gloating over its numerical decline.
(By the way, what does Disney’s balance sheet have to do with anything? Abolitionists failed for centuries in the face of the growing commercial success of slavery, yet their efforts to defeat it were virtuous, regardless of the immediate outcome. Besides, the ’96 Disney boycotters had a point. They were worried that if an apparently family-centered company like Disney could treat same-sex couples as if they were married without any negative consequences, the effects would ripple down into culture and up into government. From the perspective of 2014, they were prescient.)
Little of what Noble says and does has engaged me as emotionally as this awful post has done. Planned Parenthood tried to kill one of the dearest and sweetest people I know. By God’s providence, she survived. Now I see Pastor Noble encouraging his church to funnel their money to this evil organization so that it can try again.