Last week, I started a new series called “Christian Dick of the Moment”. After some discussion over the appropriateness of the word “dick” with Diana, I put the question to some online friends and decided to change it to “moron”. Two reasons 1) The word “dick” wouldn’t work if I was featuring a woman and 2) as Diana pointed out, it would alienate some people who might otherwise be interested in what I had to say. Thus, the new title “Christian Moron of the Moment”. Stay tuned, it might change again if I find something I like better
Last week’s moron was Todd Akin, the Missouri Senate candidate who said “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something”. Today’s moron is Sharon Barnes who said, in defense of Akin, that he “phrased it (his statement) badly” and “abortion is never an option.” Barnes went on to biblically claim that, “If God has chosen to bless this person [the rape victim] with a life, you don’t kill it”. I’m pretty sure a pregnant rape victim doesn’t view her situation as “a blessing” and forcing someone to relive a moment of horror for nine months non-stop is about the most graceless idea I’ve heard in a long time. Are you going to make her raise it, too? Or will one of you good, God-fearing conservatives step up and adopt this blessing? Don’t worry, I already know the answer. It’s not your problem, she was asking for it, etc.
George Carlin once said “If you’re pre-born, you’re fine, if you’re pre-schooled, you’re fucked” and comments like the Barnes’ and the Republican attempts at dismantling the social safety net that would give these children a half-way decent shot at life reinforce this idea among many of us. These people claim to be “pro-life”, but are they?. Ask an evangelical who’s all het up about abortion their views on the wars in the Middle East or the death penalty and you’ll most likely find they are staunch supporters of both. How can you call yourself “pro-life” when you vehemently support institutions whose main purpose is the taking of life? When you’re against abortion, but in favor of doing away with all the things that will help that child mature and have a some semblance of a life, you’re not pro-life. When you’re against abortion, but you don’t go down and adopt one of those black or brown babies your draconian laws helped bring into this world, not only are you not pro-life, you’re also a racist. So start telling the truth, you’re not pro-life, you’re anti-abortion.
Tony Jones laid it out in his blog almost a year ago:
“The church — both conservative and liberal — should quit trying to legislate and adjudicate this issue and should instead work hard at the meta-level, reshaping American society into a place of love and care so that the teenage moms, like Bob’s, and the other women who contemplate voluntary abortions might be overwhelmed with the amount of support and care they will receive should they choose to carry their fetus/baby to full term.
Change “church” to society in this quote and he’s right on the money.