Saturday, December 7, 2013
By Bill Nemitz firstname.lastname@example.org
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AIRING IT OUT
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"You know what? That's a big lie from the pit of hell," Sneddon said. "Because the doctor doesn't care one iota. Because I laid on that table four times and they don't give a hoot who's laying in front of them."
Back to Hebert. Propelled by the woman with the gospel who told her she was a murderer, she went on to become not just a born-again Christian, but a "biblical wife and mother."
"I stay at home. I home-school my children. I submit to my husband," she said.
Sneddon, meanwhile, had her epiphany in 1999, when she was 39. After years of "smoking dope" and "squelching my abortions," she converted to Roman Catholicism and one day saw a man with a tiny lapel pin depicting "how a baby's feet look at 10 weeks."
"I freaked," she recalled. "I went home and I was like King David – I cried on my pillow. I was distraught. I didn't know what to do. And I called up a help line for those who have had abortions and, you know, it was all Catholic and stuff."
Sneddon, who gave birth to two boys after her conversion, left the Roman Catholic church six months ago because she found it "shackled with a lot of stuff."
But as a "Bible-believing Christian," she's still compelled to get out there and holler at women in the same fix she once found herself – not because it helps her redirect her own anguish, she insists, but because it's "what the Lord wants."
"He wants to find his sheep. He wants to find that 100th sheep," Sneddon said. "And that's what we're there for."
Hebert is also a mother now – she and her husband are parents to six. A story published in December by the Christian News shows her 7-year-old son, whom they adopted from Ethiopia, handing out pro-life fliers on Congress Street while the pictures of aborted fetuses wave in the background.
And that's good for a kid his age?
"You know what? That's the reality of what's going on," Hebert replied. "He doesn't see promiscuity on TV. He doesn't see violence in video games. He doesn't watch movies with blood and gore about vampires. What my son sees is reality."
Whose reality? His mother's?
Or might this simply be her guilt, that heaviest of burdens, foisted onto others along the bumpy road to redemption?
"He is learning what the Scripture says and he's learning to obey and follow God," Hebert said. "And that's how we raise our children – to let them know that as Christians, we are ambassadors for Christ and we are going to train them to be warriors for Christ."
Just what Christianity needs – a guilt-induced "war" on the streets of downtown Portland.
And to hell with the collateral damage.
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