published Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Rumancik: Supporting a free life

By Rev. Pam Rumancik

It's strange to be writing today about the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade. I am not your typical supporter of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision, because hearing someone cheer "yay" for a woman's right to choose makes me cringe inside. Such choices are hard and challenging and never an occasion for celebration.

As a minister and person of deep faith, I believe that every abortion represents an unfortunate confluence of events. The promise of a life is being ended. Even if there is relief, there is no joy.

As a mother, I treasure the miracle and grace of bringing new life into the world.

But while profoundly pro-life, I am also deeply committed to every woman's inherent right to make these difficult decisions in private. There are valid and indisputable reasons for pregnancy to be untenable. It's not a government decision; it's a personal, human decision. My faith calls me to respond with compassion, support and respect, not condemnation or harassment.

During Jesus' time, "exposing infants" was common practice. Poor people who couldn't feed their babies would leave them outside to die. With this happening all around him, Jesus never denounced this tragic custom.

His message was love. He didn't condemn people in tough situations, folks like women who have no other option than to end a pregnancy. He urged they be treated with compassion and care.

I recently saw an anti-choice legislator being asked why he thought a woman might need an abortion. His shocking answer was that he never thought about it. He had no idea why a woman might need to make that decision. While promoting laws to control women, he doesn't understand the depth and complexity of the matter.

I know women who have made this difficult decision, in private, because it was the only thing they could do. Women should have inherent autonomy over their reproductive health, with support of family and loved ones, not interference by the government.

This issue is not about life. If you want to fight for life --fight for WIC payments for mothers and children, fight for childcare for working parents, fight for unemployment insurance for people who've lost their jobs. Fight for universal health care. Fight for compassion and understanding for all ages and stages of life -- don't fight for government control over women's bodies.

A legislative initiative will be on the November ballot this fall, moving Tennessee one step closer to taking away a woman's right to access safe and legal reproductive health care. Please vote for respect, freedom and privacy.

As a member of the Tennessee Reproductive Justice Network, a loosely knit group of clergy and community leaders throughout the state -- organized by the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee -- I believe in access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including sex education, contraception and abortion services for all women. Please visit https://www.aclu.org/secure/tn-repro-rights-petition to add your voice for freedom.

My faith calls me to respect the beautiful gift of life; the inherent worth, dignity, and autonomy of every single person.

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SaraB said...

As a "reverend" you might recognize a few of these scripture that speak about false teachers:2 Peter 2:1-16;Romans 16:17-20;Jude 17-18; 2 John 9, and so many more. I just finished a study with a group of women on this.

I suppose you also can produce scripture that endorses homosexuality and adultery.

There are lots of "reverends" stirring up lies in our media and not enough standing up for the truth.

January 25, 2014 at 7:45 a.m.
conservative said...

Well now here comes the Rev. Pam Rumancik, Homosexual minister of the UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF CHATTANOOGA.

She alone, without her Homosexual partner is going to tell everyone about the love of Jesus and her respect for the life of the unborn while also telling everyone they have the right to kill their unborn.

Her hypocrisy could gag a maggot!

January 25, 2014 at 8:12 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Thank you for a thoughtful column. While those who think they have the right to control women's bodies and choices are attacking you, they have failed to effectively refute your central point: throughout history -- including during the time of Jesus -- humans have had to make hard choices about how many children the family and the tribe can support. Throughout history women have found ways to abort an unwanted pregnancy, which is surely more humane than leaving a live baby exposed to the elements. The rabid right wing goes apoplectic over the "unborn," while fighting against measures to care for, feed and educate the children who are alive.

January 25, 2014 at 9:07 a.m.
conservative said...

Homosexual minister (my entry for oxymoron of the year) made this claim - "As a minister and person of deep faith."

Now, false teachers in the cults such as hers' use Christian terms and words to deceive others. Her false church, the Unitarian Universalist Church are about as far from the Christian faith as one can get.

Her false church is nothing more than a tax exempt sex club where Homosexuals/sodomites can meet new sex partners.

January 25, 2014 at 9:21 a.m.
LibDem said...

Speaking of false teachers, I understand that when Mr. Huckabee emailed his pitch against health insurance covering birth control, he asked for donations. He understands his target market has been well tutored.

January 25, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.
conservative said...

The deceitfulness of false teachers such as the Lesbian "minister" Pam Rumancik is just disgusting. She talks out of both sides of mouth on the issue of abortion.

In the beginning of her deceitful letter she wrote:

"The promise of a life is being ended. Even if there is relief, there is no joy"

Later she wrote:

"This issue is not about life" and that she believes in access to "abortion services for all women."

When you declare that you are universal, inclusive church you must constantly contradict yourself.

January 25, 2014 at 10:47 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Thank you for a thoughtful, enlightening article, Rev. Rumancik. But you might as well start making plans for your eternity in hell because the scourge of con-man is upon you and he alone has been anointed, apparently by God himself, the holy designator of who is and who isn't a true or a false teacher, and apparently he has a special knack for interpreting each and every word of the Bible with clarity, especially those parts regarding sin and who is most certainly bound for hell. The way con-man reads it, in his special cherry-picked edition of the Bible, if you're a lesbian you might as well be the anti-Christ. Hell is a done deal for you and your place there is assured. See you in hell, then, Rev! My disbelief has apparently assured me of my own special place there, too.

January 25, 2014 at 11:05 a.m.
conservative said...

The Lesbian minister Pam Rumancik ( again, my entry for oxymoron of the year) also wrote:

"There are valid and indisputable reasons for pregnancy to be untenable"

Well the pro abortion site guttmacher.org surveyed 1,200 abortion "patients" about the "reasons" they decided to kill their unborn:

74% said that "having a child would interfere with a woman’s education, work or ability to care for dependents "

74% killed their unborn for their own convenience!

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/3711005.pdf

January 25, 2014 at 11:31 a.m.
GaussianInteger said...

Conservative: The ultimate deceiver. How Christ-like of you! Your hypocrisy could "gag a maggot" as well, sir.

January 25, 2014 at 1:03 p.m.
conservative said...

The very Liberal, very Homosexual, very pro abortion false teacher Pam Rumancik also wrote:

"But while profoundly pro-life, I am also deeply committed to every woman's inherent right to make these difficult decisions in private."

Nowhere, absolutely nowhere, will you find the pro abortion lesbian Pam Rumancik giving advice/counsel to save rather than take the life of a woman's unborn baby.

However, she does give directions to an ACLU ( Anti Christ Lawyers Union) website promoting abortion.

January 25, 2014 at 1:15 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Con-man, you are really one creepy, vicious, despicable character, overflowing with hate and negativity. Your arrogance and self-righteousness are loathsome. If there were such a place as hell there would undoubtedly be a special place reserved for you there.

January 25, 2014 at 1:34 p.m.
conservative said...

I found an August newsletter of the Lesbian Pam Rumancik's false church.

Nowhere, absolutely nowhere will you find any reference to Christians, Jesus, Salvation or God in it.

http://www.uucc.org/nuus/archives/2013-08nUUs.pdf

January 25, 2014 at 1:41 p.m.
GaussianInteger said...

I've come to the conclusion that Con-man is too ignorant to realize that when he believes he is spreading the gospel, he is actually being blasphemous and spewing hate.

January 25, 2014 at 1:55 p.m.
conservative said...

The Liberal Lesbian Pam Rumancik's false church has a group called the Pagan Group. This group in Pam Rumancik's false church had this to say in their August's Universal Church newsletter celebrating some pagan holiday with it's god:

"This holiday can be celebrated either as a way to honor the god Lugh, or as a celebration of the harvest."

They will celebrate the pagan god Lugh!

http://www.uucc.org/nuus/archives/2013-08nUUs.pdf

January 25, 2014 at 2:01 p.m.
gypsylady said...

I am certain Conservative is a false Christian.

January 25, 2014 at 3:27 p.m.
Ki said...

conservative said... "Now, false teachers in the cults such as hers' use Christian terms and words to deceive others. Her false church, the Unitarian Universalist Church are about as far from the Christian faith as one can get.

Her false church is nothing more than a tax exempt sex club where Homosexuals/sodomites can meet new sex partners."

Hope you got your gasoline drawers ready, conservy-poopsy. According to your christian beliefs you just committed a grave sin right there in the above two paragraphs: Judge NOT! Saith the lawd! For that way in which ye' judge another so will ye' also be judged!!! %>

January 25, 2014 at 7:43 p.m.
Ki said...

gypsylady said... "I am certain Conservative is a false Christian."

Consrvy-poopsy will never recognize that fact, unfortunately.

January 25, 2014 at 7:44 p.m.
conservative said...

Like an idea of what the Liberal Lesbian Pam Rumancik's false church teaches?

Well it is not Jesus or how to be saved from your sins. I give the website below.

"October 21 ~ Morals and Evolution, Charles Redwine facilitating. This discussion will be based on the book Created from Animals: The Moral Implications of Darwinism, by James Rachels. This writer comments on the dethronement of the human race from being the crown of creation to being just another animal."

In Pam Rumancik's mind YOU are just another animal!

These practicing Atheists are big on Evolution. Evolution was invented by the Atheist Charles Darwin.

Evolution teaches that mankind evolved from matter, dead matter. So God is left out. When God is left out of creation there are no morals other than what man deems moral and there is no sin and accountability and judgment from God.

Do you see why the Homosexual loves Evolution?

http://www.uuc.org/nuus/archives/2012-10nUUs.pdf

January 25, 2014 at 7:48 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Connie is a deeply troubled soul with a lot of anger seething inside him. He is to be pitied for his ignorance and his lunacy but also treated with caution because people like him are capable of extreme violence. He feels the same kind of self-righteousness that witch-burners of old felt as they watched "witches" burn at the stake. They felt that they were doing God's bidding in cleansing them of the devil and ridding the world of the evil that possessed them. The only thing that keeps con-man from lynching or burning gays at the stake is the fact that there are laws against such things today. But if it were legal or he thought he could get away with it he would probably be leading a brigade of gay-burners and going all over the country killing gays in the name of his God. He is a sick individual - at least as twisted and disturbed as the sickos who make up the Westboro Baptist Church. I really hope you can get the help you need, conservative. And no, the help you need ain't found in your Bible. You need to get your head out of it and smell the roses, dude.

January 25, 2014 at 9:52 p.m.
conservative said...

The verses I often cite when confronting those who push Homosexuality/sodomy:

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Now, why does the unbeliever, the Atheist go ballistic when they see their condemnation and judgment in those verses? Because it is the word of God the most powerful thing in the universe ( God spoke the universe into existence). God's word is authoritative and convicts us of our sins against Him. Hebrews 4:12

These verses in 1 Corinthians 6;9-10 are meant for the unbeliever, the non Christian.

Now the following verse tell us of a great change that occurs in the standing of a Christian before God and his behavior.

"Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God." 1 Corinthians 6:11

Notice the very important "were" denoting a change in us, both in standing before God and our behavior.

When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we are a changed person, our sins are forgiven, we are indwelt with the Holy Spirit and thus our behavior changes. Even though we can still commit some of those sins listed above we have a changed heart and their frequency becomes less and less.

The word "justified" is a legal term denoting forgiveness and preachers often say "just as I had never sinned."

"Sanctified" means that we are set apart to glorify God with our lives and to serve Him and tell others of His wonderful grace, mercy and love which He demonstrated when He died on the cross for us.

The practicing Homosexual "minister" in a false church is not a Christian . His or Hers behavior reveals their standing before God.

Jesus said: "Ye shall know them by their fruits" Matthew 7:16

January 26, 2014 at 8:35 a.m.
Hunter_Bluff said...

The Con man is indeed a sad sack of protoplasm - homophobic in the extreme. Is he battling the very issue he's rails about? Humans fear most what they actually (and secretly) do and seek to mask it from the outside world by over zealous behavior in the opposite direction. Why else be afraid of homosexuality? After all you don't have to participate or even watch.

January 26, 2014 at 11:12 a.m.
conservative said...

According to the Lesbian Pam Rumancik's false church newsletter most people are sodomites!

Her false church claims that the Bible defines sodomy as those who are :arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.”

I wonder how many of her defenders consider themselves sodomites.

BTW, if you are wondering if you might be a sodomite look at Mirriam-Webter's definition. You might feel relieved:

"anal or oral copulation with a member of the same or opposite sex; also : copulation with an animal"

The origin of the definition:

"Middle English, from Anglo-French sodomie, from Late Latin Sodoma Sodom; from the homosexual proclivities of the men of the city in Genesis 19:1–11"

"First Known Use: 13th century"

http://www.uuc.org/nuus/archives/2012-10nUUs.pdf

January 26, 2014 at 5:36 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Your fixation on sex is disturbing, con.

January 26, 2014 at 6:13 p.m.
Hunter_Bluff said...

Con man the NSA knows what sites you're looking at. Be careful what you download to your "hard" drive.

January 26, 2014 at 8:56 p.m.
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