Category Archives: Life

The Wrong Side of History

Re-posting from awhile ago.

Let’s not be on the wrong side of history. I say this because I like to hope that some future people who descend from us will have rediscovered the moral compass, learned to honor objective justice, found the Truth. If so, they will look back at us and be appalled at our indolence, our indifference in the face of genocidal baby slaughter.

There can be no escape for us as a people.  Multiplied millions of murdered children cannot go unanswered by the conscience of any possible belief system. Only an utter nihilist could deny that the scales will ultimately be balanced and we will be found wanting. A universe which assigns no meaning and passes no judgment upon endless human carnage is an absurd nightmare.

The activities of Planned Parenthood are completely indefensible. If we cannot purge this corporate atrocity from our society, we do not deserve to call ourselves civilized, moral, or even good humans.

I do realize that all abortions are not chosen in as careless a manner as PP advocates that they should be. It may be, for many women, that all available medical advice was to terminate and try again. They may have grieved terribly over having to lose a child they wanted…Or they may have aborted for more elective reasons but felt unaccountably uncomfortable about it after. I realize that there are many women who were urged to abort for what seemed like unarguable reasons.

That’s the problem. If the default of our society  is to err on the side of death in order to solve our problems, and women are confronted with life-and-death decisions when they are at their most vulnerable…death becomes the predetermined result.

Then all those women, as well as their children, become victims of opportunistic corporate interests, and the aggrandizement of relentless political interests. The best and most well-meaning solution that such a society can offer is death as panacea.

Such a value system is inadequate to meet the needs of real life. In real life, unexpected stuff happens, lives are in danger, less than perfect decisions have to be made. If the overarching goal in the face of the unexpected is to get back to our comfort and our plans, no matter what the damage, those decisions will be brutal.

We need cultural change. We need to be honest enough to admit what is clearly before us.  We need to value Truth. We need to be willing to call evil, evil; and good, good.  We need to be a culture which values all human life and devalues none.

When difficult situations come, as they will, our impulse ought to be an honest search for a solution which protects and honors all involved. Our default should not be death for the defenseless ones.

Truth and One Application

Truth matters absolutely. The nature of truth requires that I value truth before my own preferences. Truths are true no matter that I ignore or disagree with them.

Here is a simple truth on a particular subject. Human life has intrinsic value and meaning. Its Creator and Designer has clearly expressed this truth, in both word and action. *

Here is a conclusion which I draw from that truth: if you are a supporter of legal abortion or Planned Parenthood, you are making a truth claim against the intrinsic value of all human beings.

You are claiming that human beings receive their value extrinsically; that we each are granted value from another party outside of ourselves. You are claiming that value is granted by an outside entity according its own standard.

You are a defender of the belief that some people are valuable, and that other people are not valuable. Which means that human lives are not valuable in themselves.

Indeed you are claiming that no human being is intrinsically valuable.

Not the unborn fetus, not you, not me, not anyone.

This won’t be news to those pro-abortion supporters who are honest or who rise above the virtue-signaling level of activism. They will say that  the unborn have no rights that we are bound to respect. Dred Scott meet Hillary Clinton.

And so, you and I are living in a world in which we each receive our value from something outside of ourselves. I have some limited power to assert that I matter; some people are better at convincing others of their value than other people are; some people have no power at all. Compare a charismatic sociopath to a disabled newborn–who wins?

One who negates the value given by the Creator of all things is in a difficult place when asked to justify human life in an objective way.

People who are thoughtful believers in Jesus Christ have a fundamental understanding that every single human being who was ever conceived has intrinsic and equal value. That value is not subjectively granted or acquired.

You who are pro-choice believe you’re virtuous because you care about the rights of women so much that you assert that they have an absolute right to societal approval and public funding of their abortions. Even while this right is exercised at the cost of many millions of human lives.

I believe it is virtuous to value the lives of all women and all unborn, that they all have intrinsic value, that they all have the right to life that has been given by their Creator; and that when we deprive any of that life, we violate an eternal law. We deny an eternal truth.

But let’s put aside the divine element for a second, as you would have it.

You pit one life against the other.  You must do that if you believe that value is conferred rather than already present. Whose rights win the contest? is your context. You believe in a zero-sum proposition: one has value or the other does, and we must choose. But what is your solution if both have equal value that we must honor?

And since there is no absolute or objective conferrer of value, who will we respect as worthy to grant worth to us? This is a question you cannot dismiss. Someone will come along and claim that right, and assert the power we’ve given him. We’ve seen that movie many times, and the results are always tragic, ugly, and anything but virtuous.

  • God stating that human beings have value:

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Romans 13: 8-10

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. Psalm 127

“Cursed be anyone who takes a bribe to shed innocent blood.” And all the people shall say, “Amen.”  Deut 27:25

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.  Psalm 139: 13

Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:16

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2: 3-4

 

What If Susan Couldn’t Sing?

What If Susan Couldn’t Sing? Identifying and Avoiding Bad Pro-Life Arguments  by Michel Spencer

“…The performance account is elitist and intolerant….Today almost every apparent form of bigotry is condemned in the strongest possible terms. However, it seems much of this expressed indignation is precariously grounded, since the same thinking that once put blacks in leg irons now puts unborn children in garbage disposals. Like those who once viewed the black man as a “lesser human” simply because of his skin color, many today view unborn children with the same disdain simply because they do not function at the “acceptable” level for inclusion in the human community. Many who congratulate themselves for having moved beyond the bigotry of slavery now conveniently ignore or even defend the dismemberment, disembowelment, and decapitation of weak and vulnerable children in the name of “choice” simply because they do not measure up to the subjective test(s) the strong and powerful have arbitrarily established for them. This is hardly a picture of inclusivity or tolerance.”

 

 

Evasion and Allegiance

Planned Parenthood Abortion Mouthpiece Exposed, Refuses to Answer Heartbeat Question Tucker Carlson

(Note especially from about 6:20)

A question for the pro-choice:

How can you have any confidence in a movement, a cause, a “truth”– whose most expert spokespersons so obviously avoid acknowledging its most fundamental facts?

If legal abortion is the most moral way, if pro-abortion entities are maintainers of social justice and civil rights, why on earth are its prominent promoters so very evasive?

Watch this video and please tell me why this woman cannot answer this fundamental question, and why she doesn’t want to. Then please tell me how you can continue to avoid questioning the pro-abortion belief system.

Orwell was Pro-Life

Let me remind my liberal friends: George Orwell was pro-life  by Jonathon Van Maren

Not so long ago, most people recoiled from abortion. That is because of something we all know, house-of-card rationalizations and magical thinking aside: an abortion is the ending of the life of a vulnerable human being. Always, every time.

How have we arrived at a place where those who would defend the vulnerable are simply one side in a debate, or worse, where they are pushed to the margins of society as though they are extremists?

Rage and Hate Are Virtues Now

Judging by the most committed left-leaning acquaintances of mine, divisiveness is a noble thing now. So is constant, focused, unrelenting anger.

To hate just the right people is the highest of aspirations. But to focus one’s hate on one or two people does not satisfy. One must hate approximately half of the country.

Do I need to explain?

Maybe some of you don’t have old friends who were once rational, warm and pleasant  who have become devoted to social media trolling, spreading the gospel of Everyone Who Can Be Remotely Associated With Trump Should Be Silenced And Rendered Powerless. They go looking for fake news items which are as extreme as possible in order to be outraged at them. They will even misrepresent themselves and claim to be Republicans or Christians distancing themselves from Trumpism.

And distancing themselves from loving personal relationships over their loved one’s non-conformity. It is precisely as though they have joined a cult.

But it’s not enough to focus the rage on Trump and his associates. Let me quote:

He should have asked for calm at least a year ago but we know that would not have helped him excite the racists and bigots and just plain ignorant people to his cause.

I’ve lost an old friend and now a family member is shunning me. Several abject apologies later, I am still unforgiven. And I didn’t even support Trump. I never, ever made personal criticisms; I always discussed issues. For instance, I never criticized President Obama personally, but registered objections at his policies. You’ll have to take my word that I kept personal relationship in mind when arguing over social media. I chose my issues and my words carefully. I did not burn bridges.

My offenses are that I am not sufficiently in breathless support and unquestioning agreement with all things left, Hillary whitewashing and Planned Parenthood’s version of abortion-on-demand in particular.

It’s a sad time.

One Hundred Years of Death

On the 100th anniversary of Planned Parenthood, some celebrate, some mourn, and many millions are forever silent.

Here are two questions for reflection.

How did we give any kind of respectable profile to an organization which exists for the purpose of killing your unborn child?

 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20

We have here an organization which will, if you so choose, halt your healthy pregnancy, and pull your unborn child out of you piece by piece, and call that healthcare. It is the champion of human rights. All while creating in your mind a scenario in which you, the victim, are in need of a defender against your mortal enemy: the child you carry.

The baby is your mortal enemy because allowing it to control your destiny, even for a mere few months, will end your life as you have known it. Your carefully-planned future would have to change, and you’ve been taught that any usurper who would wrest control from your grasp must be cast out.Your autonomy and your validity as a person is dependent on your right to kill your offspring.

At the same time, people who prefer to make legal abortion unthinkable, and who speak up for the voiceless and defenseless are called oppressors and haters of women. Backward and upside-down, calling good, evil, and evil, good.

But those who fail to find me harm themselves;
    all who hate me love death.Proverbs 8:36

Only by denying that death is death can Planned Parenthood be celebrated. Too many rationalizations must be made in order to celebrate.

How do pro-choice advocates explain the motivation behind pro-life advocacy?

It’s easy to understand the motivation for the abortion industry. Structurally and culturally, it is business-corporate. Money and power are humankind’s besetting downfall. Gratification of greed and power is instant and addictive. That’s easy to understand.

As individuals, we buy into the propaganda which best fits our need to feel that we are good people. For some reason, many people like the propaganda in support of a huge major corporation which exists for the purpose of freeing women from their unborn children. And somehow turn their support into a virtue.

But how do pro-abortionists explain pro-lifers’ motivation for the defense of the helpless?

X is vocalizing the motivations of every politician who votes to restrict access to abortion. It’s about controlling women. ~ Cecile Richards

That the best they can do? Politician X stakes his career, his giant pension and his reputation on an unreasonable, unpopular cause because..he feels a need to control women?

I have a hard time buying into the victim-oppressor scenario if I’m expected to believe men and women achieve personal pleasure each time a woman has to see a pregnancy to its natural conclusion BECAUSE it denies the mother her autonomy.

Can we at least admit that pro-lifers might have a more rational motive than the desire to oppress women? Can it be that pro-life people really care about the unborn lives who are in danger?

We have a command and a mandate. We have credible motives, respectable motives. Only by twisting noble motives into malicious ones can the pro-abortion rhetoric look passable.

A few of my earlier posts on the subject:

War on Children

Life Debate ABC’s

Insufficient

We Kill the Weak

Some Persons Have No Rights

What If

Why Do You Champion Genocide?

What’s Wrong with Genocide?

WHY Defend Planned Parenthood?

The Wrong Side of History and Cultural Change

Being Bullies