Margaret Sanger Interview, 1957

Check out this eye-opening interview of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger conducted by Mike Wallace in 1957. Here’s an excerpt:

WALLACE: What are your religious beliefs, Mrs. Sanger? Do you believe in God in the sense of a Divine Being — who rewards or punishes people after death? SANGER: Well, I have a different attitude about–the divine–I feel that we have divinity within us, and the more we express the good part of our lives, the more the divine within us expresses itself. I suppose I would call myself an Episcopalian by religion and there’s a–many other, if you travel around the world you get quite a bit of the feeling of all–all religions–have so much alike in the divine part of our own being. And I suppose you just couldn’t just put that into a book or you couldn’t put it to a phrase or a sentence. WALLACE: Do you believe in sin — When I say believe I don’t mean believe in committing sin do you believe there is such a thing as a sin? SANGER: I think the greatest sin in the world is bringing children into the world–that have disease from their parents, that have no chance in the world to be a human being practically. Delinquents, prisoners, all sorts of things just marked when they’re born. That to me is the greatest sin — that people can — can commit.. WALLACE: But sin in the ordinary sense that we regard it — do you believe or do you not believe. SANGER: What-what would they be? WALLACE: Do you believe infidelity is a sin? SANGER: Well, I’m not going to specify what I think is a sin. I stated what I think is the worst sin. WALLACE: Yes, but then you asked me to say what–and I said what and ah–you refuse to answer me? SANGER: I don’t know about infidelity, that has many personalities to it–and what a person’s own belief is–you can’t, I couldn’t generalize on any of those things as being sins. WALLACE: Murder is a sin… SANGER: Well, I naturally think murder, whether it’s a sin or not, is a terrible act.

Watch it here. Read the full transcript here. [HT: Mark Shea via Dawn Eden via Kathy Schmugge]

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