Jim Garlow of Renewing America’s Leadership (ReAL), Newt Gingrich’s Religious Right group, told activists at Janet Porter’s Heartbeat Bill rally last week that the end of abortion in America will be remembered just like the end of the Holocaust. Garlow told the crowd that after abortion is criminalized, people will tour shuttered abortion clinics in the same way that people now tour concentration camps in Europe. Garlow, who has also been organizing the “Pulpit Initiative” to convince pastors to use more partisan political rhetoric from the pulpit, also threatened that pastors will call out any elected officials that do not support the Heartbeat Bill or other anti-choice legislation.
And as prophets of God, any senator or any house of representative, or any legislative person, who would dare stand for abortion, will be exposed from the pulpits for exactly what they are: this is sin, we must call it what it is, it’s wrong and it must stop now. I’m the out-of-stater so I can get by with more than perhaps you can, but any senator that would dare stand on this platform and lecture us about the inappropriateness of a bill that will block ninety-five percent of abortions must go! This is not going to be tolerated, it is wrong! It is morally, biblically wrong!
I have taken people on tours of the concentration camps in Germany on church history tours across Europe, and when I take them to Buchenwald, I say I want you to know that someday, someday in America, people are going to tour the abortuaries, and they’re gonna say: you’re not gonna believe what actually happened to other human beings in these places. And they’re gonna say, where was the church when this was going on? And we’re gonna say, we rose up, and we made a difference, and in Ohio we put a stop to it, this day!