Monday, March 13, 2006

Foolable Carpet-Wallowing for Moloch Mouth-foamers

Some people still insist on living on the wrong side of the last and greatest civil rights issue.

They still insist on calling themselves "religious" and "pro-choice."

They are religious, all right. The trouble is, they direct their devotion at a deity that demands the blood of children.

They are pro-choice, all right. They just insist that you make the choice that truly matters: spill innocent blood if it saves your lifestyle. has the story here. Hat tip to Mark Shea.

Brace yourselves:
Kaye and Bruce McSpadden have reared three children -- Nadine, 29; Sally, 25, and Leland, who died in 2000 at age 22.
Leland was born with Lowe Syndrome, a rare chromosomal abnormality that brings a plague of suffering, including blindness and mental retardation.

When he was 2 years old, his parents went in search of a support group. There was none. They started one.

In 25 years of work with the Lowe Syndrome Association, Kaye McSpadden has learned something about abortion. She has learned that the politicians really don't know.

"Having had a child with a rare and devastating genetic disorder, and having met many, many families who have faced very difficult decisions in family planning, I know these are all different decisions. Some decide they will never have another child. Some choose adoption. Some may have several abortions until they have a healthy child. It has always been stressed that families support each other.
"We realize it is impossible to walk in another couple's shoes. We understand how complicated, how difficult, and how private this is."

Because the Indiana General Assembly can't let religion be private, the coalition has found itself lobbying against arbitrary impediments to abortion. As Rabbi Dennis Sasso of Congregation Beth-el Zedeck told the Senate Health Committee in rare testimony by a faith-based proponent of choice, current proposals declaring that life begins at conception and fetuses feel pain do not conform with Jewish tradition -- or with all Christian teachings -- and have no basis in science. If passed, the measures could impose an official religion on doctors.
He joined the coalition, Sasso said in an interview, out of a need to combat the "false dichotomy" of pro-life religionism. "The people who are the most vociferous are also against sex education and indifferent to all issues that would truly create a culture of life."

Many faiths and many clergy, including Jewish, Baptist and Episcopalian, are active in the coalition. Kaye McSpadden, 55, is a Unitarian and the daughter of a United Methodist minister in Kentucky who has championed women's right to choose since long before Roe vs. Wade.
I understand the stress that having a disabled family member brings. I spent at least one Christmas in an emergency room after my younger brother had a seizure. I fought the neighborhood bully to a standstill because he made fun of my brother. My mother brought herself to brink of physical and spiritual ruin advocating on his behalf. Make no mistake: living with a mentally-retarted person is a cross few can bear!

Having said that, I can't imagine life without him. Disability or not, he's my brother.

I mourn the fact that Mrs. McSpadden can turn her blind non-judgemental eye in approval on those women that choose to abort unborn children with disabilities. Yes, the temptation to "ease the child's suffering" by killing him or her can seductively lure anyone. But, like most temptations, the fruit of consent is not peace, but pain. Murder is not compassionate.

As long as the Mrs. McSpadden's of the world continue to apologize for our society's cognitive disonnence regarding abortion, more children will die. Our society will continue to become more and more barbaric. Soon, the lines of whom we consider human will blur even more; Terri Schiavo bears witness to this.

Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. We can't pretend to follow him and Moloch. We all must choose. Let us all choose well--for all our sakes!