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Modern Heresy: Life is Created by Feelings

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MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry has a wacky theory for us that she believes should be the determining criteria for human life. LIFE itself, it’s very beginnings, depends on the feelings of another person (whose life, I assume, depends upon the feelings of another person, and so on, and so on…). Life cannot be said to exist based on science or logic or genuine knowledge or even common sense, but on feelings.

As the world celebrates the birth of the new prince in England (Happy Birth-day Prince George!), it is ironic to reflect on how the headlines and all the press around the world have always referred to the Duchess’s baby as just that, a baby. Not a fetus, never an embryo, never a clump of cells taking up residence in her uterus, certainly never an intruder. The world has correctly identified the baby as a baby and granted the baby the respect and humanity he has always deserved. Why? Because the parents are royalty? Because they’re wealthy? Because they’re stylish and beautiful? Maybe. Those are lousy reasons to recognize the obvious, but reasons still.

Harris-Perry has taken the occasion to point out to us the illogic and the hypocrisy of our own reactions and our society’s treatment of the child in the womb, though that isn’t what she meant to do. She’s making her case for the necessity and validity of abortion, but she actually does a good job of exposing how empty, selfish, and absurd is the entire premise.

She starts by contrasting the fairytale experience of William and Kate with other, more problematic experiences, and opines that, “When a pregnancy is wanted, by the mother and father, their family, their community, even their country, it is easy to think of the bump as a baby. But not every pregnancy is a fairytale. There are other stories. An ultrasound reveals serious birth defects; a child is raped and becomes pregnant; another baby would jeopardize a mother’s ability to feed her living children; a woman decides she does not want a child at all; these are different pregnancies.”

“They are reminders that an unwanted pregnancy can be biologically the same as a wanted one. But the experience can be entirely different.”

She goes on, “Eggs are fertilized. Embryos implant. Cells divide and multiply. Fetuses grow. But when does life begin? I submit the answer depends an awful lot on the feeling of the parents. A powerful feeling – but not science.”

(Before I continue, it must be said: 1. Yes, it’s quite easy to think of the bump as a baby because it is, in fact, a baby. 2. Birth defects, even serious ones, do not justify ripping a baby to pieces. 3. The child in the womb is also a mother’s living child.)

Pregnancy is not a condition that happens apart from a baby. That seems so obvious as to be dopey to even say, yet Harris-Perry repeats the idea — indeed the theme the abortion industry loves — that it’s the experience of pregnancy that matters, and whether it’s good or bad determines the value of the “bump”.

Hogwash. The condition of pregnancy is a gigantic smörgåsbord of possible experiences, good, bad, and ugly, but that doesn’t mean diddley in relation to the inherent value of the baby. I’ve had four children so I speak with great authority and depth of experience. I know very well that pregnancy is not all roses and lollipops.

Here comes the most politically-incorrect thing you’ll ever hear: How a woman feels about pregnancy is utterly and totally irrelevant to the fact that there is a baby in her womb. Her feelings matter very much indeed, because she matters, but her feelings have nothing whatsoever to do with the humanity of the child in her womb. She cannot feel the baby into life or into nothingness.

She does not determine the child’s worth or value based on her feelings. Her feelings do not grant humanity to a “clump of cells.” Her feelings, whether negative or positive, do not affect the personhood of the child one iota. The child IS a human being, period. Feelings have nothing to do with it.

Harris-Perry’s entire argument is the absurd idea that if a woman has a good experience of pregnancy and wants her child, then because she feels happy about it, her “bump” is indeed a baby. If her experience is not good and she feels negatively about it, then her “bump” is not a baby. More than that, life has not actually begun because her feelings have not granted it.

First, it strikes me as incredibly insulting because it just plays into the old sexist stereotype that everything women do is based on feelings, and women are incapable of thinking rationally and employing logic and sound reasoning. So much for using our heads, girls. And forget about science, right? Women just react emotionally to everything!

Second, speaking of science, I thought it was Christians who were supposedly anti-science! Forget human biology — in Harris-Perry’s magical and incoherent world, women just feel life into existence and presto! — bumps become babies!! Wow! Again, it’s insulting to tell women that things aren’t real if they don’t want them to be real. Facts are not obliterated by feelings. And the power to grant and create life is thankfully not at the whim of women’s emotions.

Harris-Perry really held up the mirror, though, and her crazy, narcissistic remarks are an accurate reflection of our depraved times. We really do gush over the desired child of royalty in one breath and scream for the “termination” of the unwanted-es in the next breath. We feel totally justified in demanding the ‘right” to choose whether this child lives or that one dies.

We actually do believe that our feelings grant life and that our choice is what makes a baby a baby versus “insentient tissue”. The child in the womb has no intrinsic value to us, only subjective value determined by exterior circumstances and desires, and the ultimate barometer, our feelings.

The child in the womb of a Duchess is celebrated and protected and called a baby. The child in the womb of a college student is called a threat to her future and killed. The child in the womb of an unwilling mother is called an unwelcome intruder and a parasite and killed. The child in the womb of a poor minority mother is considered a thief stealing food and resources from the family and killed. The child conceived in rape couldn’t possibly be considered anything but vulgar and is killed.

In every case, the child is the same — a human person. Circumstances and feelings are irrelevant to that fact. The difference is our response. We can’t have it both ways. If Kate’s baby has always been a baby, then so is every baby in every mother’s womb.

I realize that for centuries the birth of a royal baby has been met with lavish celebration while the birth of a poor child, a sick child, an “imperfect” child born to a less-than-picturesque family is either ignored or met with open disdain. God Himself came to this world a poor child, born among livestock because no one would give His mother a room. This foolish world continues to miss the miracle unless it comes wrapped in style and beauty.

The current mixed conduct toward expectant mothers and their babies is not a new phenomenon. Even our disregard for the child in the womb is nothing new in human history. Abortion is not a modern invention. It’s an old, old evil. Living in a society where it is legal and sanctioned by the positive law of the land, however, is what makes our time so barbaric and grotesque.

That we have elevated abortion to the status of a “right” and tried to confer on it moral credibility is what makes us so-called civilized and enlightened people so depraved. And in our technologically-advanced world, with our knowledge of the human body and the window we have into the womb, we have absolutely no excuse for our selfish and hideous insistence that the child is not fully human, not a person, not a baby.

If we ever hope to achieve a nation where the children of poor families are given the same consideration as those of the rich; where babies of every race are treated with equal respect; where mothers, in every circumstance, are given the help, support, and protection they need and deserve, then we must start at square one. And square one is this: It is not a choice, but a child, and the child in the womb is a human person who has the right to live and be born. Period.

Only when that is settled and non-negotiable can we finally put all our energy where it belongs, and then the frightened young mother, or the overwhelmed mother, or the distraught mother, or the poor mother will not feel they’re left to their own devices without support.

Yes, the experience of pregnancy can be anything from joyful to terrifying and everything in between. It can be a dizzying mix of emotions and physical challenges. But whatever the experience, the humanity of the child in the womb is an unchanging fact. Whether that makes anyone feel glad, sad or mad is simply immaterial.

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Texas Bill SB-1 Threatens to Make Casual Sex Harder to Come By

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“Responsible men can become more deeply convinced of the truth of the doctrine laid down by the Church on this issue if they reflect on the consequences of methods and plans for artificial birth control. Let them first consider how easily this course of action could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards. Not much experience is needed to be fully aware of human weakness and to understand that human beings—and especially the young, who are so exposed to temptation—need incentives to keep the moral law, and it is an evil thing to make it easy for them to break that law. Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection.” Humanae Vitae #17

In sharing his Bro-Choice thoughts about Texas bill HB-2 (now SB-1) and why it’s so critical to guys in Texas that it be promptly squashed, Ben Sherman has given us the latest bit of proof that Pope Paul VI was a prophet.

SB-1 is the bill that seeks to ban abortions after 20 weeks and require abortion clinics to uphold medical standards of safety. This is the bill that Wendy Davis and her pink sneakers are now infamous for having filibustered the first time around in the state’s House last week. It had the votes to pass and indeed would have passed if not for the shenanigans employed by Davis to push the voting past midnight. Thankfully, Governor Rick Perry had the courage to call another session and bring the measure up for a vote again, and this time it passed. Now it’s on to the Texas Senate.

Enter Sherman and his sexual panic. Actually, I have to give the guy credit for being honest at least. Sherman’s admission just proves what the Church has been saying for decades now, that abortion, contraception, and all this sexual “freedom” has turned more and more men into pigs and more and more women into objects to be used, abused, and then abandoned.

He tried to make a good show of being deeply concerned for the health and well-being of Texas women — especially sisters, mothers, girlfriends, and wives, you know, the women that guys really care about — but the weight of his argument, the nitty-gritty of it is that SB-1 will kill the mood and thus spoil the sex lives of Texas guys. (I can’t call them men.)

After all, he points out, if a woman doesn’t have the assurance of abortion to fall back on when the birth control fails, she’s a lot less likely to give the guys the casual sex they want without strings attached.

Your sex life is at stake. Can you think of anything that kills the vibe faster than a woman fearing a back-alley abortion? Making abortion essentially inaccessible in Texas will add anxiety to sex that will drastically undercut its joys. And don’t be surprised if casual sex outside of relationships becomes far more difficult to come by.”
“It’s clear: if the Legislature basically takes away a Texas woman’s right to choose, having sex becomes a much, much riskier proposition for woman and men.”

“For those of us who like girls – you know, like them like them — and want to have relationships with them that may last anywhere from a few minutes to many years, we need to think about how this bill, by curtailing the bodily autonomy and sexual freedom of women, hurts us, too.”

Isn’t it nice how the “bodily autonomy” of women is so very, very important to Sherman? It’s so dear to him because that’s what ensures his own satisfaction. It’s also what safeguards his freedom — freedom from responsibility and parenting, that is. Sherman realizes that women don’t become pregnant on their own, and if those pesky unwanted and unplanned pregnancies can’t be gotten rid of, then suddenly there’s babies who need fathers! And man, Sherman’s just thinking of all those poor guys out there who aren’t ready to be a father and how unfair SB-1 is to them.

Your freedom to choose is at stake, too. While it is ultimately a woman’s choice whether to have an abortion, many women choose to make that decision with the man involved. Do you want that decision ready-made for you by politicians in state government? Not if you value freedom, you don’t.
You want to decide when and if to have kids. This bill will force thousands of Texas men into unplanned fatherhood by making it impossible for women to access an abortion in the event of an unplanned pregnancy. Even if you want to have kids, you probably don’t want an accident to make you a father before you’re psychologically ready and able to care for a child. If you don’t want kids, you don’t want the narrow, personal views of politicians in the state government to force you to have them.”

Let’s take it one thing at a time. If only SB-1 really did make abortion inaccessible to women in Texas! If only it really did do away with abortion in Texas. But it wouldn’t. It seeks to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. That’s 5 -6 months into pregnancy, when the child can feel pain. Abortions after this stage are also more dangerous for the mother. (Sherman, meet the Morbelli family.) You’d think Sherman would be hesitant to subject women he cares so much about to procedure that presents a real danger to their lives. But clearly, tearing a tiny child into pieces is a “medical procedure” that simply must be preserved for the sake of Sherman’s sex life.

Now to this issue of “unplanned” fatherhood. (Boy, those pesky sperm that just sneak out and crawl up into a woman’s private parts and make these annoying and inconvenient babies that nobody planned on!) Sherman, I hate to break it to you, but sex makes babies. If you’re not willing and ready to welcome a child into your life, then keep your pants on. It’s that simple. If you engage in sex, then you’d better be man enough to accept the consequences of your actions.

No one’s playing a nasty trick on you, forcing you to become a father. If you become a father, you did it yourself. You become a father the moment you help conceive a child. Human Biology 101. No one in the state government has any interest at all in making you or anyone else a father or mother.

The interest is in the life of the child in the womb, who is innocent and does not deserve to die because Sherman or anyone else is too immature, too selfish, too irresponsible, too whatever to accept the reality that the child is a human being who has the right to live.

Sherman’s attitude and words should be a giant wake-up call. It’s the most recent exhibit demonstrating that abortion and contraception have done nothing but cement the objectification of women into society. Women are simply bodies to be used by men for their own satisfaction, then discarded and abandoned.

Casual sex with no strings attached is the order of the day, so let’s make sure the women can “take care of” any unwanted things that might result. It’s in the guys’ best interest to make sure women have the “freedom” to abort at any time for any reason. It’s just so hard to coax a gal into bed without the promise of abortion waiting afterward.

Spare me the fake-poignant argument that defeating SB-1 is about concern for your girlfriends and wives and sisters, Sherman. You made your point perfectly, and I thank you for your honesty. “And don’t be surprised if casual sex outside of relationships becomes far more difficult to come by.”

Ladies, is this really the best we can do? Seriously? Why on earth would any of you consent to this degrading treatment? A real man builds his house on a secure foundation first. Then he commits himself to a woman for life before he makes children with her. He accepts the responsibility for all his actions and doesn’t leave the burden on the woman he purports to love. He certainly doesn’t condemn his child to death for the sake of his sex life.

But I guess until enough women tell guys like Sherman to get lost, until enough women start valuing their own bodies, until enough women realize that abortion is not empowerment or freedom or progress and that the child in the womb has the right to live and be born, then guys like Sherman will continue to objectify women, use them for selfish pleasure, and leave them to deal with any “unplanned” consequences.

And babies will continue to be sacrificed on the altar of sexual gratification because, as Sherman so aptly reminded us, we can’t risk any anxiety that might undercut the joys of sex.

I can only speak for this Texas woman. May God hasten the day that abortion is no longer acceptable to any man or woman in Texas, and may SB-1 be a solid step toward that day.

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Ignore the Tiny Corpses: America’s Powerful Conceal the Monster

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Jesus showed us with astonishing clarity how endless is the love of God and how deep His mercy when He faced His executioners without a word except to say, “Father, forgive them.” He modeled for us the power of meekness. A challenging example indeed.

There was also the day He became justifiably angry, cracked a whip and turned over some tables and was anything but meek. There are things worthy of outrage, things that cry out for a bold confrontation.

When exactly did it become a crime against Love to expose evil and call it evil? When did it become more loving to soft-peddle with gentler words rather than speak candidly?

Taking a cue from Edmund Burke, all that’s necessary for the unthinkable to be accepted is for people to find candor and confrontation of evil more unthinkable. We have mistaken politeness for Love. We’ve placed comfort and niceness above the truth and called it our Christian duty. We grow more and more silent, more and more complacent as the evil around us grows braver and more outrageous.

I’m not talking about pronouncing judgment on anyone’s soul or limiting God’s mercy, but about tolerating evil. Not just tolerating it, but disguising it, concealing it, feeding it.

For the sake of shredding the flimsy veneer of respectability and righteousness covering the stinking pile sitting in our midst, here goes.

There is currently on trial in America a person who fits the definition of a monster. Every bit as evil as Hitler, or the most demented murderer you can imagine. He has a medical degree, so his monstrous actions were done in the name of “health care.” His name is Kermit Gosnell, and he has murdered babies for years. He is a human butcher.

He preys on foolish, desperate women, and perhaps some women who are as cold-hearted as he is. He serves no one and cares for no one. He is a killer of the weakest, most vulnerable, most defenseless human beings on the planet. His “work”, his actions, his business is nothing but pure evil. (He likes to keep his victim’s little feet in jars as trophies.)

He’ll rip a near-term living baby from the womb, grab a pair of scissors, and cut the child’s spinal column at the neck. He calls it abortion. So do a lot of other people in America.

baby with neck slit by gosnell

You would think that every decent citizen in our nation would be so repulsed, so aghast and horrified at the evil this man has done that it would cause soul-searching on a massive scale, and finally, an honest public debate about the reality of abortion.

Thanks to the intentional, shameful silence on the part of major news media, I’ll bet that a majority of Americans have no clue about Gosnell or what he’s done. This same majority will bristle at the legitimate charges brought against Planned Parenthood and balk at the idea of defunding them. This same majority will go deaf, dumb, and blind when presented with the fact that their stylish, charming President voted four times to deny life-saving medical care to infants who survived an abortion.

I’d bet there are more people who will defend Gosnell’s “work” than people who will call him a child killer. In fact, the people most desperate to make Gosnell just disappear are those who want to see his “work” continue, though perhaps not as gruesomely or publicly.

Then again, I don’t think the gruesomeness bothers them at all. What bothers them is that Gosnell has made abortion and abortionists look bad and made some people actually feel sorry for the baby.

I don’t think taxpayer-funded-Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice, any other pro-abortion lobby or organization, anyone in the mainstream media, or any of our pro-abortion politicians including Obama cares one whit about what Gosnell has done to so many innocent children. They only care that he did it sloppily, left a mess behind him, and got caught.

This murderer’s shocking crimes are being ignored by those in power because abortion is more important.

A sadistic and greedy killer is being hidden by people who say they only want women to have freedom of “choice”, and they only want the best for children in America. They are the ones who truly care about women, about children, about families, about quality health care, about freedom.

To Planned Parenthood; to PP’s guardian and benefactor in the White House; every other political advocate for abortion; and every so-called feminist screaming for “Abortion on demand and without apology!”, I’m calling b.s.

You don’t give a damn about women, and you certainly don’t give a damn about children. You are every bit as invested in the death of the unborn (or born) child as Gosnell, every bit as greedy for the money to be made by killing babies. Your mission is not women’s health or women’s freedom or women’s choice, but women’s coercion, women’s manipulation, women’s degradation and usage, and if women are sometimes butchered right along with the babies, so be it.

Your mission is dead babies. You don’t want fewer abortions, you want more. You’re not interested in planning parenthood, but in making sure abortion finally is seen as a necessary, essential, and noble facet of every woman’s life. Your goal is that the stigma of abortion should be redirected toward the child in the womb, and to the woman who refuses to believe your bloody lies.

In order to secure future clients and keep the money coming in, you’re going after our school children with your perverted version of “sex education” that destroys modesty, normalizes every sort of sexual immorality, mandates condom and Pill distribution and forbids any mention of abstinence. You’re making sure Planned Parenthood has access to young girls to “provide” them with “health care” information and abortions without their parent’s knowledge or consent. You are actively corrupting our children in the most manipulative and disgusting manner.

Only one thing is sacred to you (beyond the $$) and that is sex — wherever, with whomever, whenever, and however anyone wants. With no consequences or obligations. You worship genitals and orgasms and every manner of titillation, and the sacrifice you bring to your altar is the child in the womb.

Your scare-tactic speeches about the back-alley abortions of yesteryear are as hollow as your professed concern for the welfare of children. Your insistence that a woman’s bodily autonomy is paramount have now been revealed to be nothing but smoke. What you really mean is, babies who have the nerve to survive the first attempt on their lives have no right to medical care, and can quite justifiably be left to die, even made to die, on the table. (It’s not infanticide, you say, but post-birth abortion.)

When PP’s Florida lobbyist recently said out loud that the decision to give medical care to an infant who survives an abortion should be left to the woman and her doctor, she was merely echoing Barack Obama as an Illinois Senator when he said that caring for the child would “only burden the original decision of the woman”. In other words, mom wanted the baby dead, so somebody better make sure the baby dies. That’s what we’re paid for.

It doesn’t matter to any of you when the baby dies, or how the baby dies, or where the baby dies, just as long as the baby dies. That is what you’re really all about, and not another breath should be wasted trying to say otherwise. No more soft-peddling with euphemisms and tip-toeing around the truth.

You are all advocates for killing defenseless children. You are not advocates for women’s health care, or women’s equality, or women’s freedom. You are advocates of child murder. If you find that statement harsh, too bad. You have gotten this far only because too many people are too squeamish to call things what they really are. The evil you do has thrived only because people are unwilling to confront you honestly and tear the sympathetic masks off your faces.

You may find Gosnell distasteful and annoying because he focuses unwanted negative attention on your killing industry, but the best you can do is whine that the monster is in because not enough doctors are willing to become abortionists because of the pesky “stigma” of abortion. To you Gosnell’s “clinic” is proof-positive that America needs more access to abortion, with fewer restrictions and legal oversight so that women won’t be “forced” to see a creep like him.

You step right over the tiny corpses. Your answer to evil is to keep feeding the evil.

And you’ll keep doing it for as long as we give you the power. You’ll keep feeding the evil, and feeding America lies and smokescreens for as long as you can. And we will remain a nation that butchers its own babies.

How long will that be, America? How long will that be, Body of Christ?

(Want to know what the mainstream news media isn’t reporting?)
http://www.lifenews.com/2013/04/05/gosnell-employee-it-would-rain-fetuses-and-blood-everywhere/

http://www.lifenews.com/2011/01/24/kermit-gosnell-drugged-tied-up-woman-before-forced-abortion/

http://www.lifenews.com/2013/03/07/judge-in-kermit-gosnell-abortion-case-dismisses-pro-life-jurors/

http://www.lifenews.com/2013/04/03/jury-sees-photos-of-unborn-babies-kermit-gosnell-stabbed-in-the-neck/

http://www.lifenews.com/2013/03/21/gosnell-did-three-day-long-abortions-at-30-weeks-of-pregnancy/

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Empty Was Never so Full

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He willed to be contained in Mary’s womb, but never can death keep Him in a tomb.

Lord of all, Conqueror of death and the grave and hell itself.  HE IS RISEN.

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Holy Thursday

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Stay and keep watch with Me.white-lily-flowers-wallpaper-purity

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Habemus Papam!!

God bless you, Pope Francis!!

Pope Francis I

 

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He has quite a winning smile, doesn’t he?  Warm, joyful,and genuine.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Papal Conclave 2013 Begins

papal election

 

Tonight:

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We continue to pray.  Holy Spirit, have Your way and grant us a worthy Pope!

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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