The religious conservatives are once again being dishonest in their quest to control others’ reproductive organs in Texas. In the 60s, the religious conservatives argued that the Ten Commandments monument on the Texas State Capitol grounds would help with juvenile delinquency (by blatantly violating the highest law in the land). In the Texas Legislature, they are working to close down Planned Parenthood clinics because they provide abortions. They don’t seem to care that Planned Parenthood actually prevents more abortions than the Christian God, the Bible, Prayer, rosaries, holy water, or Christian bullying in the name of “love”, combined, has ever prevented.
Their specious argument this time is that a fetus at 20 weeks can feel pain and so the discomfort of a fetus outweighs the burden and risk of a mother to bear, raise, and educate it. The attitude is: screw that bitch (again)—she deserves all the pain and suffering she gets. The purveyors of this bullshit are the same folks who will gladly sell you on how awesome it was that Jesus suffered on the cross just for you—for the bargain price of 10% of your lifetime earnings.
We all know their god can’t make new tithers. To keep the fraud fueled, Christians must orchestrate their creation through co-opting magic bigger than their God (a woman’s uterus) by leveraging power bigger than their God (the machinery of the state). Can anyone think of anything that isn’t more powerful than the Christian god?
So let’s take these manipulators at their word. Let’s do everything we can to reduce the pain suffered by children. First, if they are born, they should never feel the pain of hunger, lack of health care, or suffer from lack of proper education. If the mother can’t bear the responsibility, the state clearly then should. And let’s be clear: this is an enormous expense. But we can cover it by taxing churches. They have an endless supply of money and they can always ask for more. In God We Trust. They can just pray and God will provide. Of course if that doesn’t work, they are a demonstrated fraud and their property can be put to productive use.
But why stop with the pain of the living? What about all those fetuses actually aborted? What about eggs that didn’t implant? What about miscarriages? According to the Christian doctrine of original sin, God tortures all of them for all eternity. They are human and are therefore doomed to eternal torment for being related to the mythical Adam, yet unable to repent to Jesus and become another mindless follower.
Now correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems that infinite torture is worse than the discomfort of an anesthetized fetus. So then, why exactly are we aiding and abetting organizations that support torture with our tax dollars? Why do we think either torture (or even a fantasy about torture) is worthy of public support? They clearly are not.
“But wait,” I can hear some Christians saying, “God sends those little buggers to heaven.” Well, if that’s the case, that what exactly is wrong with abortion? It seems to be a free pass to perpetual orgasm land, much like Andrea Yates provided to her five children. If the “goal” of Christianity is to get as many souls to heaven as possible, shouldn’t we be having children for the purpose of dispatching them to eternal glory?
So either God is a miserable ogre for torturing babies or killing children is theologically desirable. Which is it Christians? Remember that the Catholic Church declared limbo a theological hypothesis in a rare moment of honesty. Either the dead innocent go to heaven or hell. Either way, Christianity is evil. Present this to you minister and watch him go into spin mode. Maybe you can get a little entertainment for your money.
There is a third option, however. The obvious conclusion is that Christianity is a fraud. It is undeserving or respect or public support.
So why then, are we letting the purveyors of fraud dictate the reproductive choices of women for whom they take no responsibility? I don’t know.