Abortion and the Christian Case for Choice

Posted: Mar 27, 2018 12:01 AM
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Dr. Willie Parker slowly and methodically dismembers babies for a living. Because he claims to do these evil acts in the name of Christian compassion, there are a lot of people who will never again be able to take Christianity seriously. That is the reason why the Mississippi State University (MSU) Gender Studies program recently hosted Parker’s lecture “Abortion and the Christian Case for Choice.” It was the perfect choice for feminist ideologues wishing to denigrate Christianity.

Kimberly Kelly, Director of Gender Studies at MSU was quoted in the March 6, 2018 edition of The Reflector as saying, “abortion (is) critical to women’s equality and to further a greater society.” What Kelly does not reveal in her interview is that the abortion movement in this country has long claimed a commitment “to further a greater society.” Planned Parenthood’s founder Margaret Sanger certainly wanted to construct “a greater society.” She spoke often of the need to remove “human weeds” from the gene pool. In her perfect society, there would be greater equality. But there would be a lot less people. 

Sanger’s Planned Parenthood has come a long way since seizing control of the Democratic Party. The organization has set up shop in virtually every urban black neighborhood in America. The results have been astonishing. Although they make up only 12% of the general population, blacks make up around 36% of those aborted. And that is a conservative estimate.

These numbers raise serious questions about Kimberly Kelly’s vision of equality. Is she saying that she is willing to support institutional racism if it helps prevent women from raising children - and instead allows them to stay in the workplace and close the pay gap? Or is she simply ignorant of the reality of who gets aborted in this country? Given the generally low moral and intellectual standards set in Gender Studies programs, both alternatives are plausible.

But that is enough about Kimberly Kelly. This was Willie Parker’s show. And Parker had some explaining to do. Towards that end, he actually told The Reflector (MSU’s student newspaper) that, “religious compassion led me to become an abortion provider.” More importantly, the student newspaper quotes Parker as saying (of pro-life Christians), “Their view is not the Christian understanding, but a Christian understanding.” In other words, choosing whether or not to dismember a baby is simply a matter of preference - sort of like choosing between smooth and crunchy peanut butter.

Willie Parker’s bland dismissal of truth claims as mere matters of preference is important. It demonstrates that his worldview is postmodernism, which eschews absolute truth. Such a worldview is wholly incompatible with Christianity. Put simply, if you are a Christian you are bound to the idea of absolute truth. After all, Jesus makes it clear in John 14:6 that there is absolute truth – and that only one path leads to salvation. If there were no truth, there would not be any Jesus claiming to be the Truth. By extension, there would be no Christianity.

Of course, the postmodern worldview explains Willie Parker’s deep moral confusion. If there is no objective truth then words with moral connotations are rendered meaningless. Take compassion, for example. The root “passion” means suffering. The prefix “com” means “with.” When they are combined, the objective meaning of compassion is “to suffer with.”

It is only through the use of words that have objective meaning that we are able to make objective moral judgments. To illustrate, imagine that someone asks the following multiple-choice question:

Which of the following best exemplifies compassion?

  1. Torturing babies for fun.
  2. Dismembering babies for a living.
  3. Volunteering in an orphanage in an impoverished third world nation.
  4. All of the above.

If the word “compassion” has objective meaning then the correct answer is “c.” But if you subscribe to Willie Parker’s view of the world where there apparently is no objective meaning the answer becomes “d.” Moral judgments become whatever you want them to be. By extension, Christianity means what ever you want it to mean. Whatever Jesus said becomes irrelevant because the truth no longer exists. In a nutshell, postmodernism sets you free from the truth.

In the final analysis, the man who uses postmodernism for a moral compass eventually becomes a law unto himself. The compass points back at him regardless of where he is. That is why he is always lost. One moment he is dismembering human beings for money, the next he is preaching about compassion. One moment he is denouncing racism, the next he is accepting the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood. And so on.

In addition to being evil, Willie’s Parker’s arguments for killing babies in the name of compassion are simply sophomoric. They could be dismembered more easily than a helpless unborn child. And I know someone who would be delighted to prove it in a debate with Parker on the campus of Mississippi State University during the next academic year.

Soon we’ll see whether he has the courage to take on an opponent who can fight back.

… To be continued.