Kids With Special Needs Are Not "God's Punishment"

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According to Bob Marshall of Virginia, kids like my son are a punishment for women who chose to abort previous pregnancies (something I actually chose NOT to do, ooh irony). From

"State Delegate Bob Marshall of Manassas says disabled children are God's punishment to women who have aborted their first pregnancy. "He made that statement Thursday at a press conference to oppose state funding for Planned Parenthood. "'The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children,' said Marshall, a Republican."

He goes on to quote the Old Testament as justification for his deplorable statements. I'm no Bible scholar, but have always been under the impression that, for Christians, Jesus' words trump those of his predecessors. And Jesus says:

"And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

"Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him."
John 9:2–3

If you are a person of intelligence and compassion and think Bob Marshall could use a smack upside the head a reminder that when he says such things, he is acting in a way that brings shame to his professed Lord and Savior, feel free to contact him. And yes, I know he has since made an attempt to apologize. I don't buy it.

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