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The Southern Baptist Convention's publishing wing is recalling the pink Bibles it was selling to help fund breast cancer research.
Why, you ask? Some of the money might have gone to breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood, which is pretty much an end-of-days scenario for pro-life groups given the organization's clinics also provide abortions.
The Tennessean reports that the pink copies of the Holman Christian Standard Bible, dubbed the "Here's Hope Breast Cancer Bible," went on sale at Wal-Mart and other major retailers in October, with $1 for every copy sold going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.
That was all well and good until last week, when an outcry in the conservative blogosphere led to the publisher, LifeWay Christian Resources, receiving several dozen complaints about what pro-life advocates saw as an unacceptable link to Planned Parenthood. "The sign might as well read, 'Buy a Bible and support abortion!" read one complaint on the pro-life blog Bound4Life.
"Though we have assurances that Komen’s funds are used only for breast cancer screening and awareness, it is not in keeping with LifeWay’s core values to have even an indirect relationship with Planned Parenthood," the publisher's president, Thomas Rainer, said in a statement explaining the recall and plans to halt production of additional copies.
Critics of the decision wasted little time responding. "It’s easy to mock this fanaticism, but it’s not really funny that there are now less funds for groups that help women get health services," Charles Johnson wrote on Little Green Footballs. "These so-called Christians are doing a lot of real damage to real people with their destructive obsession with Planned Parenthood."