From time to time we all write things we regret. When that happens, people usually add something to the offending post or else create a new post and link to it. It could be as simple as “I lost my mind; can I get a mulligan on that one? Thanks.” And then you move on. If you say something you don’t regret, but you are tired of trying to persuade people you’re right, you can always just turn off comments and trackbacks and wait. Eventually the furor dies down.
What doesn’t work is deleting the post and pretending it never happened.
Back in 2007, Ms. Katherine Ragsdale preached a sermon on abortion and later posted it on her blog. As recently as a day ago, she was content to have her views on abortion known. Now that she’s been appointed Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School, however, it’s somewhat inconvenient that she proudly proclaimed that abortion is a blessing; those who provide it are saints, providing abortions is holy work, we need more of it, not less, and doctors, pharmacists, and other medical professionals should not have the right to abstain from this blessed sacrament.
These are the two things I want you, please, to remember – abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Let me hear you say it: abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done.
I want to thank all of you who protect this blessing – who do this work every day: the health care providers, doctors, nurses, technicians, receptionists, who put your lives on the line to care for others (you are heroes — in my eyes, you are saints); the escorts and the activists; the lobbyists and the clinic defenders; all of you. You’re engaged in holy work.
Suddenly she doesn’t want us to remember it, because now that’s she’s been appointed Dean, that post has been deleted without explanation. I can understand Katherine Ragsdale’s attempt to hide her repulsive screed which declared that abortion is a blessing. After all, when someone thinks abortions are consequence-free, certainly there should be no problem with deleting a blog post!
It didn’t work for Bobby Calvan, and I hope it doesn’t work for Ms. Ragsdale. There was a time she was content to openly, proudly proclaim this view. Now she can defend it to a group outside of her little “progressive” circle and see how well it holds up. Or admit that she was wrong, as Bobby Calvan eventually did.
Midwest Conservative Journal has links to where the sermon is still publicly posted on other sites. The cached copy is here, and here is a PDF of the cached page with the entire sermon, Our Work Is Not Done.
And don’t worry, Ms. Ragsdale. I will remember your exhortation. And I’ll think of it often, and of you, as you train the next generation of Episcopalian clergy.
ADDED: The Anchoress puts in her 2 cents, with bonus linky goodness.