Young women and abortion in the 21st century

Some time ago, Beatrice Faust:

If the women’s movement can be summed up in a single phrase, it is ‘the right to choose’.

But that statement has been shown to have an expiration date. I like how Time magazine rained on that parade in 2013:

In fact, Time magazine just featured a piece highlighting the fact that forty years after Roe v. Wade, abortion-rights activists find themselves having to vigorously and repeatedly defend abortion. They are discovering that younger women no longer necessarily see abortion as one of their fundamental rights.

Quote source

  1. Faust, B. cited in Australian Inspiration (n.d.) Australian Inspiration: Faust, Beatrice. Available http://www.australianinspiration.com.au/Quotes/Authors/F/FaustBeatrice.aspx. Last accessed 16th Aug 2014.
  2. Rebecca (2013). Forty Years Later: It’s Time for a New Feminism. LifeChoice. Available  http://www.lifechoice.net.au/forty-years-later-its-time-for-a-new-feminism/. Last accessed 16th Aug 2014.

Russia’s blasphemy laws: a step in the right direction

A tough new anti-blasphemy law that takes effect in Russia on July 1 allows for fines up to 300,000 rubles ($9,000) and imprisonment for up to 2 years for public acts that “manifest patent disrespect for society and are committed with the aim of offense to the religious feelings of believers.” The penalties for offenses are increased if the acts take place in houses of worship.

Human-rights activists have expressed concern about the new law, seeing potential for abuses, including the use of secular courts to resolve religious disputes. But Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the chief public-affairs official of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow, welcomed the legislation and suggested that the penalties may be “too mild.”

Quote source

Catholic World News (2013). Tough Anti-blasphemy Law Takes Effect in Russia. Available http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=18312. Last accessed 9th Aug 2014.

Ray Comfort’s good point about preaching styles

Someone Said: “I went to church four days ago. I liked the preacher because he didn’t yell and scream and tell me I was going to hell. He smiled the whole time he talked. Why can’t more of them be like that?”

Ray Answers: We won’t yell and scream at you, but we will warn you that if you die in your sins, you will end up in Hell. You ending up in Hell doesn’t seem to worry your smiley preacher though.

Quote source

Comfort, R. (2013). Someone Said: “I Went to Church Four Days”. Official Ray Comfort. Available https://www.facebook.com/official.Ray.Comfort/posts/620921214595022. Last accessed 9th Aug 2014.

Playing the ‘imposing’ card in abortion: a red herring

Here’s a typical example of political rhetoric from Cecile Richards:

“A small group of politicians bent on imposing their personal agenda on every Texan have created a health care catastrophe for women of all backgrounds, but especially those who are low income, rural and women of colour. Women are suffering, and it’s time to put an end to this appalling situation.”

But emotions are a lame basis for determining right and wrong. Here’s a wiser view from Malcolm Pollack that slices through the rhetoric:

The motivation of those who believe that there are two parties involved is not to “impose their views”, but to defend the innocent against being murdered. Arguably the question ought to be not whether others have the “right to impose their views” on pro-abortionists, but whether the latter have the right to impose their views, with fatal consequences, upon the unborn. If there is reasonable doubt about the personhood of developing fetuses (and there is), isn’t the more moral course to err on the side of not killing them?

Quote sources

  1. Richards, C. (2014). Texas is a Women’s Health Nightmare. Trib Talk. Available http://www.familyplanningadvocates.org/2014/05/texas-is-a-womens-health-nightmare/. Last accessed 9th Aug 2014.
  2. Pollack, M. (2013). Sugar Daddy – waka waka waka [comment response to blog post]. Available http://malcolmpollack.com/2013/07/31/sugar-daddy/#comment-471459. Last accessed 9th Aug 2014.

The appeal to (school) socialisation refuted

As for socialization, which is one issue government educators frequently use to browbeat homeschoolers, it is quite apparent that the family is a far better place to develop social skills than the public school. At home, members of the family learn that they have responsibilities and chores that must be done, and they have the time in which to do them, for homeschoolers own all of their own time. The typical public schooler, on the other hand, comes home after a tiring, boring day confined in a school building and wants to relax and watch TV, listen to rock music in his or her bedroom, or hang out with friends at the mall. Getting the public schooler to pick up clothes or clean dishes becomes a struggle for parents who want to instill discipline in a child on the verge of rebellion. And rebellion is the result of the kind of socialization that goes on in public school.

At Columbine High School there was plenty of socialization, mainly of the wrong kind.

Quote source

Blumenfeld, S. (2000). Finding Hope at Home. The New American. Available http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/education/item/15263-finding-hope-at-home. Last accessed 6th Aug 2014.

Creation magazine challenging liberal church leaders

One reason why many ‘liberal’ church leaders are angry at CMI [Creation Ministries International] is because these thought bombs (e.g. Creation magazine) have been rippling into the hands of their own congregations via other Christians. So they are starting to face serious and uncomfortable questions about why they teach unbelief in God’s Word.

Quote source

Wieland, C. (1995) ‘Thought bombs’ and the ‘ripple effect’. Creation Ministries International. Available http://creation.com/thought-bombs-and-the-ripple-effect. Last accessed 9th Aug 2014.

The power of the Gospel over psychology

It is an act of homophobia to believe that people in the LGBT community are either too sinful to respond to Godʼs call on their life, or to believe that people in the LGBT community have a fixed nature that will never, by the blustering, unfounded, and uncharitable declarations of secular psychology, change by the power of the gospel.

Quote source

Butterfield, R.C. (2013). DOMA and the Rock. DesiringGod blog. Available http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/doma-and-the-rock. Last accessed 9th Aug 2014.