In today’s Austin Statesman, PolitiFact Texas fact checks a claim made by Texas Right to Life concerning an informal poll they did on the University of Texas campus. (Note: the article should appear later on the PolitiFact Texas web site.) Texas Right to Life made a claim that University of Texas Students “signed a petition seeking the legal right to abort newborn babies up to five-years-old.” Yes, that’s right: “aborting” infants, otherwise known as infanticide.
Sadly, Politifact Texas had to rate the lurid claim as half true. In their poll, Texas Right to Life approached students to “sign a petition,” concerning women’s rights and not being terribly honest about the true contents of the poll. Many student signed thinking it was about empowering women. The “poll” apparently involved exactly 30 students, 12 of whom were tricked into signing it. Those that understood the true nature of the poll where aghast. When asked later, one student was shocked at what she had signed. “Had I fully understood the actual position of the organizer was advancing, there is absolutely no way I ever would have signed the petition.”
Let’s take an inventory of what we can learn from this. First, it’s relatively easy to trick busy distracted students. Next, Texas Right to Life will most assuredly use this bogus “poll” to trick donors into giving them money. Without a doubt, they will use that money to tell more lies to advance their cause. A similar group has already raised money inflating abortion statistics in Austin. Deception is the order of the day.
When an organization or a cause uses lies as their main technique, we can be pretty sure that their cause is not noble. If they had good reasons for the petitions, those would be enough to carry the water. But lying is a kind of acknowledgement that they know they have nothing of substance to support their position. Furthermore, they have concluded that people are stupid enough to be easily manipulated. Sadly, that might be true for their “base,” conservative Christians. Texas Right to Life and other Christian groups are just using this knowledge to their advantage. To the extent their technique works, they have correctly surmised the situation.
The main reason women have abortions is that they have gotten pregnant but are not financially able to support a child. Yet, there’s not a single Christian group that I know of willing to address this core issue and fund the raising of a child through college. They want other people to foot that expense. Meanwhile, Christian churches rake in billions a year tax free and with little to no accountability.
Christians could pray to their god to end abortion. Jesus is quoted in Matt 7:7 as saying, “Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” The atheist site, “Why Won’t God Heal Amputees?”, does a great job of exposing the fraud of prayer. The simple answer is that they know that prayer is a failure and a waste of time. While Jesus never excused his god for non-performance, Christians will gladly do so, saying “God works in mysterious ways,” or some other lame rationalization. My left shoe also answers all prayer, except when it doesn’t. We all know there is no god that can do the things the Bible claims.
Christian leaders could lower abortion rates by threatening their flock with hell, but that’s a proven failure. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 37% of those seeking abortions are Protestants and 28% identify as Catholic. Those are pretty high numbers, given that at least some of the respondents would likely lie due embarrassment over their obvious hypocrisy. Browbeating isn’t working and Christian leaders know it. They have instead gone after those who perform abortions, effectively admitting that there is little they can do to control their flocks. Nothing in Christendom is more powerful than the US Government, it seems.
Sadly, even government restrictions on abortion are also a proven failure. Restituting abortions has only proven to make abortions less safe. Abortion restrictions don’t have a big impact on the number of abortions performed. The main purpose of this has been to prove to the world that Christians are just thugs who don’t care at all about the people involved, but who are happy to co-opt the power of state to make poor women risk losing their jobs traveling great distances on multiple days, only to have a trans-vaginal ultrasound and be told she’s a murderer. I don’t see any Christian groups stepping up and taking responsibility for this dickishness.
The most obvious way of reducing abortions is to increase contraceptive use and education, but Christens have worked overtime against these obvious and proven techniques. They have worked overtime to close down Planned Parenthood, an organization that has actually prevented more abortions than any Christian organization has ever done. Christians strive to replace family planning with women being sexually subservient to their husbands and having as many children as “God will bless them with.” But make no mistake, the Churches won’t take any responsibility for the cost of their upbringing. If “God will provide” were true, churches could just get reimbursement. Everybody knows that’s a lie.
Instead, money should flow the other way. Those children should be indoctrinated in the faith to become future tithers. The Christian attitude is that if children grow up poor and ignorant, it’s not a bad thing as they can more easily be “brought to Christ” later in life when they’re better able to contribute to the Church. Invest in them when they’re down through faith-based initiatives funded by the taxpayer and then cash in later.
There’s another fraud under the surface. Christian leaders have convinced their flocks that they are inherently evil “wretches” needing to be saved by Jesus. It’s the old con of breaking your leg to sell you a crutch. But the doctrine of original sin has all of humanity tainted in such a way that anyone who does not give their life to God and ask for redemption from Jesus will burn eternally in hell. This might be great motivation for gullible adults, but what about unimplanted or aborted embryos? Presumably, they too are inherently evil and are unable to submit to the “be saved” con. What becomes of them in the Christian fantasy? If they get a free pass to heaven, then abortion is a moral good. If they go to hell, they’ll be tortured forever by a monstrous Christian god. Either way, the doctrine of original sin is exposed as a fraud. Christian leaders don’t want their flocks to think about this dilemma, so the leaders have chosen a different tact. They have changed the subject and claimed that human life is sacred. This is a lie, of course, if you just look at the actions of Christians. Witch burning, auto de fe, the Crusades, persecution of Jews, and intra-Christian holy wars, prove that human life is fungible for Christian power. I would wager that Christianity has the highest kill rate of any religion. The idea that human life is sacred is just another Christian lie.
The more one learns about Christianity, the more one realizes it’s lies all the way down, with some manipulation and thuggery to add spice. So, of course the Texas Right to Life organization uses lies and manipulation as their go-to tactic. Those are the primary tools of a fraudulent religion. But we, as a society can do better. We could take away tax exemptions from organizations when they commit such frauds. We could tax churches to pay for the unwanted children their bogus policies create, and we can call “bullshit” on the stupidity of it all.