The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (lobbying arm of the god of child sacrifice) has put together what it is calling a “Stop Stupak Toolkit for Clergy and Congregations.” It’s full of abortiony goodness–a sample bulletin insert, guide to the “Interfaith Weekend of Action for Women’s Health” (a lobbying effort, but not the kind the Catholic bishops engaged in, we swear), etc. What I liked best was the suggested prayer to the god of dead children:

A SAMPLE PRAYER FOR CHOICE
As People of God We Seek Justice, by Reverend Roselyn Smith Withers

Leader: Today, we pray together in the presence of one another and the people of God. We remember the words of the prophets and the great teachers. We call upon the spirits of our ancestors and ask for the blessings of the Creator of us all.

All: As people of God, we seek justice.

Leader: We pray together, not because we must but because we may. We pray together because our commonalities are greater than our differences and because in our togetherness, our differences are honored and God’s vastness is praised.

All: As people of God, we seek justice.

Leader: We stand together, recognizing the risks of solidarity, affirming the power of our presence and celebrating the pro-choice legacy of courage and commitment, justice and peace.

All: As people of God, we seek justice.

Leader: We stand together, remembering the doctors, health care workers and the other innocent people who have given their lives in the struggle for our right to choose.

All: As people of God, we seek justice. We are praying people who are pro-choice. We accept the responsibility, claim the tradition and we embrace the right to choose prayerfully with the knowledge that God is with us in all things. AMEN. [Emphasis added.]

Three observations: 1) Considering there are no Confucianists or American Indian groups involved with RCRC, who exactly is supposed to invoke “the spirits of our ancestors”? Do even Unitarians do this? 2) There is no mention of abortion–it’s as if these people are upholding the right to choose chocolate or vanilla ice cream. Maybe it makes them feel better to not mention what it is they want the choice to do. 3) Notice what’s missing in this “prayer”? Any words at all addressed to the Almighty! Any congregation reciting this is just a bunch of people talking to themselves.