December 15th, 2011
08:49 AM ET
Christian publisher pulls 'Cancer Awareness Bible' over abortion concerns
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story erroneously stated that Lifeway Christian Bookstores carried the “Cancer Awareness Bible.” The chain never carried that Bible.
By Dan Merica, CNN
Washington (CNN) - A Christian publisher is withdrawing copies of the "Breast Cancer Awareness Bible," from stores because the Bible helped raised money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which contributes to Planned Parenthood.
Many conservative Christian groups oppose Planned Parenthood because of its role as an abortion provider, though many of the group's services are not abortion-related.
The "Breast Cancer Awareness Bible" is described "as a way to place God's Word into the hands of those suffering through breast cancer." It was published by B&H Publishing Group - a division of LifeWay Christian Resources, which is owned by the Southern Baptist Convention - and was sold with the stipulation that $1 from the sale of each book would go to the Komen Foundation to support breast health education, screening and treatment programs.
LifeWay Christian Resources also owns LifeWay Christian Bookstores, but the stores never carried the "Cancer Awareness Bible." The book had been distributed to Walmart, K-Mart and other retailers, according to LifeWay Christian Resources.
The Komen Foundation says on its website it gives money to Planned Parenthood, stating that funds from the foundation go to "Planned Parenthood-sponsored breast cancer health programs."
When LifeWay realized it had partnered with an organization that donates to Planned Parenthood, the publisher released a statement saying that it had "made a mistake."
"When our leadership discovered the overwhelming concern that some of Komen's affiliates were giving funds to Planned Parenthood, we began the arduous process of withdrawing this Bible from the market," said Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay, in a release.
"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," he said.
This is not the first time the Komen Foundation has been questioned about its connection with Planned Parenthood.
The foundation issued a June 2011 statement that further clarified its association with "19 Planned Parenthood programs."
"In all cases, Komen funding is used exclusively to provide breast cancer programs, including clinical breast exams conducted by trained medical personnel," stated the release. "It's important to note that Komen will only make grants to non-profit organizations. As many mammography providers are for-profit entities, we are only to fund mammography services through grants made to local non-profit service providers."
As long as there are vulnerable communities in need, said the release, "Komen will fund the facilities that can best meet those needs."
The Komen Foundation issued a statement Thursday afternoon contending that there were "no dollars going to Planned Parenthood programs" from sales of the Bibles.
"LifeWay is a first-year partner that pledged $25,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure from sales of the pink-covered 'Here's Hope Breast Cancer Awareness Bible.' LifeWay and Komen for the Cure entered the partnership with the mutual hope that this Bible would have special meaning for women and their families during breast cancer treatment and recovery," the foundation said in its statement.
"We are sorry to hear that LifeWay has decided to end sales of the Bible, especially since proceeds from partnership were to support national breast cancer programs."
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I wish that christians had been aborted.
Do you really think that's fair?
Impossible. But if you knew anything about what it means you would understand that.
And if you understood that women don't have to live by your silly supersti tions, Nebbie, you'd shut your face and get off here. You'd be busy doing something of worth instead of flapping your gums.
I don't wish religious people to be 'aborted'. I just want them to have a coke and a smile and STFU and get along for once in an age...but abortion would probably be more practical/feasible.
Next, they will try to ban the prostate cancer awareness and self-help books just because they are published by NAMBLA.
Well, if a doctor is going to check your prostate, he has to put a finger in your devil hole. That is how satan makes you gay. No cancer screening for men, so Planned Parenthood can't make you gay!!!!
LMAO @Devilhole I have to write that down somewhere for future use at parties.
Thanks for that! LOL
Good for Lifeway. Planned parenthood is an evil organization.
Yeah. It's REALLY evil to provide low-cost contraception, pap smears, and information to women. Goodness knows, God wouldn't want women to be healthy.
You're a moron.
And they also provide teaching for pedophilia. They had some people who video recorded this recently. They also push women into getting abortions. Do your research before you start proving you have no argument by calling names.
Tommie Tantrum has returned to save the day! Having another meltdown Tommie Tom Tom Tantrum?
I left the "Church of Christ" where I lived because they were pushing the idea that people who were black were descended from Cain and that is why they were black. I lost touch with my Mother and my Father over that.
Here is the dealio: It is far easier to hate, discriminate, harm, or belittle than to lift someone up, try to understand them, be tolerant, or help in the face of difficulty or adversity. I don't believe in God...but from what I hear about him/her, or w/e...which path do you think is the right one? You decide for yourself. As I said I am an unbeliever so I choose my OWN path.
Suck it, Nebula. PP provides much-needed health services to women who can't afford them otherwise. You are so full of sh8te your eyes are brown. There's no pedophilia being peddled by PP, you dumb azz.
why do you care what PP does? If you think abortioners are going to hell...then so be it. We will all face our maker. You won't have to be there...promise!
You are an idiot!
@Prometheus ugh "Church of Christ". "The Boston Church of Christ" by any chance? Sounds it from what you said happened. Even believers choose their own path. Whether they choose to follow another man / "religion" / teaching or to follow Jesus. With a living language it is extremely easy to mislabel things as something a person thinks it should be without understanding the definitions of words. Its called manipulation. It is harder to manipulate a dead language as the definitions are set. I am someone that has studied to some degree or another most all religions of the modern day and even some of the older ones.
@Tom Tom – you still have nothing.
I don't need anything. You're doing all the heavy lifting, dipwad. You made the claim. The onus is on you to support it with reliable, neutral sources. Go right ahead and do that. After you pull your noggin out of your ass.
Hurry up, stupid. Prove that PP "teaches pedophilia", you knuckle-dragger.
Gee, Nebula, what's the hold-up? Cat got your tongue?
I knew you couldn't back up you moronic drivel with facts. Thanks for proving it.
Nebula is all about promoting bringing unwanted children in to this world. Not to mention the fact that without PP and their liberal way of thinking about abortion, far more women are put at risk...I don't think Nebula has ever heard of backyard abortions-things that potentially kill the woman but then again in Nebula's pet.ite brain that doesn't matter, as long as zygotes get the chance to come in to this world to starve to death anyways. Nebula has probably never taken the time to research all the good PP does...the word abortion scares it off. Maybe if Nebula read Greg Paul's article Holocaust of the Children, it would understand how it own god has caused numerous abortions.
Good to see the Dark Ages are still alive and well in America.
Lifeway: "Promoting the love of Jesus...one cancer victim at a time."
Thank god for that. Thank god. Just, thank him. Thank the lord jesus or whatever he goes by.
"Promoting the love of Jesus...one cancer victim at a time"
LOL, yet 40,000 die every year from it, guess that doesn't work. 😉
Just in case you missed the /sarcasm... I was making a post that parodied a possible 'Lifeway' motivational meme.
For shame. You are NOT a Christian company when you make it more difficult for women to get cancer information and mammograms. Your reasons for pulling your "Bible" has nothing to do with Christianity and more to do with politics. This IS AMERICA, not a middle Eastern country afraid of religious extremists. You are catering to a very loud minority, but a minority nonetheless. Please rescind your decision. "Whatsoever you do for the least of these, you do also for me". Selling your book will ultimately save lives. How can this be wrong?
I am not religious at all. My childhood cured me of that forever. But I still study the bible as I also read literature and have found many 'pearls of wisdom' such as you posted: "Whatsoever you do for the least of these, you do also for me".
Truth is always self-evident.
Thanks for your post! (>-^)
The "least of these" you mention are the millions of innocent victims of Planned Parenthood, to which the Komen Foundation contributes. The Bible sellers made absolutely the right decision, and the holy decision, in refusing to support PP's and Komen's ongoing atrocities against sinless babies. If you can't see that, then you are reading your Bible through a frighteningly distorted lens.
If YOU think your Bible trumps the lives of women, you're blind, deaf and dumb, ass hole.
You don't deserve any rights. Too bad you don't live in afghanistan. They'd put you in your place tom.
@Captain America Have you BEEN to Afghanistan? I have. Go back there and stand in the market square and start talking about Jesus and I'll time you. You'll get about 15-20 minutes of 'air-time' before someone walks up with a weapon and kills you.
Don't believe me? Yeah well I had you pegged as a complete idiot as soon as I read your post....w/e
CA hasn't been anywhere unless it's within walking distance. He doesn't know how to drive and he can't afford bus fare.
If women would act responsibly they wouldn't need abortions, they we could fund cancer.
You are an idiot.
they we could fund cancer.?
No, it's then we could fund cancer.
Right. It is all the woman's fault.
Dan, didn't say 'fault' said 'responsibility'. In the history of the humanity, no man has ever gotten pregnant or had an abortion, nor will they ever. That makes it their responsibility.
You are sad. Those on this blog who claim they are truly Christian would not judge others. As the bible says, there is only one judge, and that is God himself, NOT YOU!!!!
I think people who 'fund' cancer are the DEBIL!
Not a Christian and IWILL judge you. You follow me down a street I will judge you, I do business with you, I will judge you, you date my daughter, you can be sure I will judge you. People who don't judge are idiots.
The Typical Single Parent is a Mother:
•Approximately 84% of custodial parents are mothers, and
•16% of custodial parents are fathers
Sounds like you can act responsibly before or it will be thrust upon you.
Atilla-Your point is valid.
The everlasting gospel is salvation from sin. God has no program which provides forgiveness of sin without power over sin. Gods salvation program or gospet provides both. They are 100% linked. The first is imputed rightousness (takes care of "sins that are past" through the blood of the sacrifice of Christ, i.e. through the merits of Christ); the second is imparted rightousness (Christ within via the Holy Spirit). You may think of "rightousness" as "divine love". Both are provided at justification, that is, when one opens their hearts fully to God.
Just stop it. you people start spouting off about this stuff and you sound like you're brain damaged. Talk like a person.
Gozer the Traveler. He will come in one of the pre-chosen forms. During the rectification of the Vuldrini, the traveler came as a large and moving Torg! Then, during the third reconciliation of the last of the McKetrick supplicants, they chose a new form for him: that of a giant Slor! Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!
I am the keymaster...
ok so i think i translated what you are saying is that if a breast cancer victim signs up with your "God's prefered" country club (as apposed to say the lutheran country club or the jewish country club for example) then they will get thier love from God once they are in the grave, not before and not from you – you are just the God broker.
People need to understand that abortion is an abomination, there is no reason at all to kill an innocent baby, Lord forgive us our sins.
@Stopabortion – Once again, read your own Bible. It says life begins at the first breath. A fetus is not life according to your own religion.
People need to understand that they should mind their own business.
maybe he can forgive you for your sins. like being a know it all that tells everyone else how to live.
people like you seem to think that more unwanted pregnancy is the save all answer to everything.
Planned parenthood does SO MUCH more than you seem to think.
You should mind your own business and there is no invisible man in the sky. Open a science book once in a while.
Oh, bushwa. Prove that it's an abomination. Then ask me if I give a rat's patootie.
Really!!!??? Do you realize how many children are out there that are poor and hungry, and their parent or parents can't really afford them, but had them because of your type of ideas. Where are to help them. It is to talk sh**t, it's hard to actually do something about it. When I see you on T.V. taking in all the unwanted children or children who can not be taken care of, then you have a foot to stand on. Until then, you have nothing.
I am a Christian, and a woman. That being said Planned Parenthood is a wonderful organization. They do other things besides Abortions. They provide medical care to women who cannot afford this.
You cannot say u r Chirstian if you defend an organization that kills innocent babies, please respect that name...is sacred
@Stopabortion – Do you even read your own Bible? There are many instances of baby killing ordered by your god.
Thank you, for being a voice of reason among this madness.
I'd love to know just who the heck you think you are. how about this, YOU can't say YOU'RE a Christian if you support being a combative, pushy, bossy, wacko.
I can say whatever I damn well please, you idjit. You don't get to decide who is "christian" and who isn't. Get off it, you arrogant f* ck wit.
@stopabortion. God spoke to you and told you that you can point your fingers to people and deem who is christian and who is not...right? You can tell people what they are? OHHHH pick me pick me! what am I??? tell me what i am?? Oh....wait....I am a christian, who is not a finger pointing self righteous MORON.
What is there to say? I was raised a Methodist, but the actions of these self-righteous, anti-Jesus "Christians" have turned me away from religion. If there is a God, then ONE of all these religions is right. Is it the one that lets more women die rather than speak to Planned Parenthood, whose services are almost totally non-abortion-related? Is it the one that decries a reality show about Muslims on grounds it doesn't include terrorists? I will pass and take my chances, thank you.
There was never a person, before, now, or in the future that is righteous. Jesus explained this. He said not even one. So, what you seek, you will not find. Not in one man or in a group. You see man is made in the image of God, but he is not God. Slowly, one realizes that the only one you can trust is God. All of us, are returned to whom we are created. Our lives are short. The answer in this life is to realize that your perception of the world is how you perceive the three feet around you. Not one of us will go through life without stress, disappointment, fear, anxiety, depression, grief, loneliness, love, hope, excitement, and the list goes on and on. It is the journey of life that we all share. If we love each other, the best we can; if we lessen our expectations of others, and forgive them and ourselves for our faults, then the journey is easier. I laugh at myself and my situations. Then I thank God, that I don't take everything so seriously. Learn to love thyself with all your faults and all your goodness. Then do the same for the others. Why not try to be like God, his grace, his forgiveness, his love, are the best gifts. It is the season. Smile when you meet someone. It is amazing, you may find, as I have, almost all of them smile back. You see, life can be wonder. It is left up to you. We all need to find our way.
Your argument is 100% why I do not belong to any religion or church.
VaBlueRidge: "You see man is made in the image of God, but he is not God. Slowly, one realizes that the only one you can trust is God."
The Bible was written by man. This has always puzzled me. Here comes the 'Son of God' and he did not write anything for us. The written word WAS available to him. Yet he declined to leave anything from his own perspective except hearsay. None of his 'gospel' would be allowed today in a court of modern law as his own words.
This saddens me.
God's law is the law of love
well, if you are a religious insider, maybe you could enlighten the pro lifers on how to show love for living women suffering with breast cancer
How long are you going to believe that fictional book called the bible?
Maybe breast cancer awareness should instead be committed to memory like the five requirements of Islam, so even an illiterate will get it.
This attempt to deprive women of information in order to prevent a penny going ultimately to an abortion somewhere might promote ignorance, but I promise you, it will never stop abortions. You can shut down all the research facilities in the world because somebody somewhere might also fund abortions with the money. But considering that cavewomen knew how to abort using herbs and stones, this will only succeed in keeping breast cancer as an unsolved puzzle.
LOL. And the parade of stupidity continues from the right wing.
They are jaw dropping stupid. They are going to force the poorest women in America to have unwanted children who won't get adopted; then refuse to sanction welfare programs to help them. But if these same "children" end up criminals and perhaps get the death penalty the righters will support killing them. There will just be 25-40 years of misery in between.
God is Love
Wonderful, now what is he doing to end breast cancer?
Unless you're poor, or bl ack, or gay, or Mus lim.... then you can burn.
too much fuss over abortion, do you realize how much more overcrowded it would be if no abortions ever happened? people need to mind their own bussiness, while i dont really beilieve in abortion, i have no uterus, i have no right to say "you" cant have one, in the end we all will have to answer for our sins' worry about your own bad deceictions, not your neighbors.
These religious holier-than-thou jerks are off the hook. From the inquisition to the witch trials, and now the propaganda and intolerance they spread throughout the world, they should be ashamed at their ignorance and backasswardness. I'm sure Jesus didn't intend to have a bunch of morons spreading stupidity in his name. And being racist against his people (the Jews) to boot. I wish these people would grow up.
What did Jesus show to his followers? Love. What did Jesus state was the number one thing that all of should follow? Love. What is this holiday season about? Love. I say to all of you, I who has faced breast cancer, and almost died several times in these last two years, that the most important thing that all of you need to do is to be patient, loving, and understanding. A person has the right to run their business anyway they want to as long as it does not hurt anyone. $1 is not enough to be throwing slurs around at each other. Life is too short. If you feel strongly about donating to Cancer research, then walk/run at their fund raisers or just send money to the organization itself. Most importantly volunteer your time to talk to those who are going through any type of cancer trial. Don't be afraid. You job is to listen, console, and most importantly to provide hope through your love and faith in the future. I tell you yesterday, I spent 2 hours listening and talking to a friend about her heart disease. She asked me where I get my strength. I tell you as I tell her. I pointed straight up and said God. He is my strength. He is my hope. I tell you that love is the answer and brings peace of mind. I don't fear death for I know that God's love for me will carry me home to him. Happy holidays and may this New Year bring you all the love, peace and happiness that each of you seek. Love is the key. Love is the answer.
Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers as you deal with this illness. May hope, love, and laughter fill your life, BlueRidge.
That was beautifully said. God bless you.
Shame on Lifeway. How can you cll yourself Pro Life when now you are directly making it more difficult to continue programs and research designed to SAVE MORE LIVES AND END SUFFERING!!!!?
Lifeway's reps. even admit to knowing that their contributions are not going to Pro Choice activities.
THIS IS NOT WHAT JESUS WOULD DO!!!!!