I call upon You, Lord, God of Abraham and God of Isaac and God of Jacob and Israel, You who are the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God who, through the abundance of your mercy, was well-pleased towards us so that we may know You, who made heaven and earth, who rules over all, You who are the one and the true God, above whom there is no other God; You who, by our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, give to every one who reads this writing to know You, that You alone are God, to be strengthened in You, and to avoid every heretical and godless and impious teaching.

St Irenaeus of Lyons, Against the Heresies 3:6:4

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Making the Prolife Case: The Deadbeat Mom Argument

Here is a recent letter, I (Kevin) had published in the Bedford Bulletin earlier this month. Every literate Christian can do something about the American genocide, abortion, even if it is simply writing a short letter to the editor of his local paper. This letter is an illustration of what Israel and I call the Deadbeat Mom Argument, which Israel basically formulated a couple of months ago, during some table talkin'. 

Be creative, be logically consistent, and be bold. Christ, who is Truth, is on our side, which makes the prolife position one of the easiest to communicate and defend. Regardless of what you do for the cause, do something--like 3,000 helpless, voiceless lives a day depend on it, because they do!
Imagine that Bob’s loose behavior resulted in getting a woman pregnant. Mary hadn’t contacted Bob since that one-night encounter. She called Bob to notify him of his responsibilities toward their then-forming child. Bob refused.

Later, Bob received a certified letter; the state demanded Bob take responsibility for his child. Suffering garnishment, Bob changed careers, doing cash-only jobs to avoid having his parental arrearage forcibly taken. Bob was then notified that his income tax refund check would go to Mary and the child. After $5,000 in arrears, Bob looks forward to prison. Meantime, he enjoys his picture being on the state’s “Most Wanted Deadbeat” list.

Most share in common one thing concerning Bobs: We love to loathe them. We consider them losers, irresponsible, immoral, shameful “deadbeats.” This valuation is often well-justified. Our legal system agrees and acts. Parents are morally and legally obligated to care for their children. From child-like intuition to jurisprudential scholarship, we know Bob is wrong.

How about when women decide they don’t want to be mothers? Like Bob, Mary could make her decision the moment she discovers she’s a parent. We’ve been conditioned to celebrate Mary’s decision as a constitutional right to privacy and personal autonomy; we condemn Bob for the same act. Since 1973, over 53,000,000 of these decisions have been made—abortion. The pro-abortion propagandists have driven culture to the absolute dereliction of all moral and rational sense, woefully idiocy. We’ve come to “call evil (Bob’s decision) good (Mary’s decision), and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20).

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