On Sunday morning, the Rev. Deanna Vandiver was leading a service at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans, a graceful, Gothic-style brick building in the city’s Freret neighborhood. The sanctuary, with 70 or 80 people, was nearly full, and included a group of teenagers who had just finished a week-long training in social justice.
The room was silent, as the congregation prayed for a young mother of two who had just lost her battle with cancer, for a social justice lawyer who had recently died, and for peace in Gaza.
That’s when the shouting started.
Watch this poignant Rachel Maddow video where Rev. Deanna Vandiver condemns the blatant hypocrisy of anti-abortion extremists who advocate for religious freedom only when it conforms to their narrowly construed beliefs: Anti-abortion extremists violate church sanctity