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Thou shalt not troll

Gazette staff November 28th, 2012

Deciding that the classiest way to approach differences in scriptural interpretation was to stand outside a house of worship holding pictures of aborted fetuses, the Abolitionist Society of Oklahoma recently brought its message to the Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ.

Credit: Brad Gregg

Members of the anti-abortion group, who describe themselves as modern-day abolitionists, took issue with the fact that a portion of the church’s donations go to Planned Parenthood (which, incidentally, does not provide abortions in Oklahoma). Mayflower lists 23 other organizations that receive church funds, including food banks and homeless shelters.

Several figures, including state Attorney General Scott Pruitt, have likened the anti-abortion crusade to the 19th-century quest to abolish slavery.

According to the Abolitionist Society website: “We strive to provoke a clash of absolutes between the Gospel of Christ and the worldly wisdom of man.”

In other words, they’re trolling.

Some Mayflower attendees responded with “angry words” and others decided not to feed the trolls, saying only “God bless you.”

One Mayflower parishioner got on the group’s Facebook page to passive-aggressively “thank” the protesters for reminding the church of the meaning of “turn the other cheek.” The group then accused Mayflower of having a martyr complex.

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11.28.2012 at 12:09 Reply

Correction: the turn the other cheek comment; that was posted on Mayflower's Facebook page not the AHA group's page. But more importantly, the comment was in reference to the sermon that morning by Mayflower Associate Minister Rev. Chris Moore. Just thought you'd want to know. Thanks!


11.28.2012 at 07:37 Reply

Christians being "Christians," nothing to see here, move along.


11.30.2012 at 04:47 Reply

The best way to deal with this group is to ignore them.


12.04.2012 at 10:45 Reply

What a hateful, meaningless article.