Comedian Margaret Cho is not known for shying away from controversy, and she's once again lived up to her reputation, reports The Wrap.
Cho recently turned to an unlikely source - the Bible - in defense of Planned Parenthood:
The Wrap summarized the chapter that Cho linked to:
The link leads to a Bible Hub page that contains passages from Numbers 5. One passage describes how, if a man suspects that his wife has been unfaithful, he should bring her to a priest to be tested.
The test entails giving the woman tainted “bitter water” to drink — which, if she has been unfaithful, “brings a curse and causes bitter suffering, it will enter her, her abdomen will swell and her womb will miscarry, and she will become a curse.”
Here's an excerpt from Numbers 5 (NIV, verses 20-21), referring to a woman who's been accused of being unfaithful to her husband:
“But if you have gone astray while married to your husband and you have made yourself impure by having sexual relations with a man other than your husband”—
Here the priest is to put the woman under this curse—“may the LORD cause you to become a curse among your people when he makes your womb miscarry and your abdomen swell.”
Not everyone agrees with Cho's interpretation, however.
Pastor Steve Barsuhn of the Rocky Mountain Bible Church in Brigham City, Utah, told IJ that he was confused why Cho was claiming Numbers 5 was advocating abortion:
“I'll be honest with ya. I've never in my life heard anyone reference anything about abortion with that particular verse. I don't have a clue what she's talking about because the whole idea of Numbers Chapter 5 is that a person's sin will be revealed physically. And it had nothing to do with abortion, at all.”
“It has to do with physical consequences of sin and unfaithfulness. I have heard the verse applied as the natural consequences of disease that comes from unfaithfulness. But never a deliberate abortion method.”
He added that the verses also referenced a protection for women at the time:
“...in that if a husband was jealous, and he had no basis for that jealousy, they would go before the priest. It was also supposed to reveal her innocence.”
Barsuhn went on to note that recognized Old Testament scholars Keil & Delitzsch also explain that the verses dealt with physical consequences of sin.
In 2008, Margaret Cho vehemently defended herself against claims she was not a Christian. She stated that she grew up in the church, that she taught Sunday School to children, and that her grandfather was a minister.