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Why I Will Not Debate Abortion

by Cyrus Wardly
Why I Will Not Debate Abortion

Without a doubt the most trending social issue in the news right this moment is abortion and the new Alabama law. This brings a hale storm of liberal leaning folks sharing memes about the war on women and women getting jailed for miscarrying. The prolife side responds with memes that are different flavors of “Abortion is murder bro.”

But the comments is where the real toxicity lies. Social media let us interact with friends, family and coworkers, and share our truest personal opinion on issues. You can never be sure who in your life has the exact opposite opinion of your own and who will be willing to fight tooth and nail to the death of your friendship over it. All the fuss, negativity and stupidity prompted me to make a tongue in cheek Facebook post:

This was largely true; some of my more enthusiastic friends who kept attacking the issue have found themselves in a month’s long slumber in my news feed. It didn’t matter if these battlers were on the pro-life or pro-choice side. I refuse to discuss this issue and this has spun off into a joke between my online friends and I. I keep sharing posts from Kraft Singles and using the hashtag #IChooseKraft on others’ posts about the issue.

What I didn’t expect however is my Kraft Singles campaign had the totally opposite effect from my intentions. I got more than a few personal messages from friends who were either interested in knowing my real position on the issue or even worse were worried I wasn’t on their side. So by trying to stay out of the issue I made myself a person of interest for my over enthusiastic social media friends. Many of those friends found themselves disappointed to find that I would not comment or provide a running commentary on this topic. So after a little reflection I’ve seen that maybe my perspective isn’t shared by not only my little group community of social media friends but maybe it isn’t shared by many Christians at all.

Please allow me to unequivocally spell out my opinion on this topic. I will not slug out this issue with liberals. I will not defend the pro-life position. I will not be pulled into the mud because in my mind there is no argument to be had here.

In my perspective this is the one issue where the conservatives do no need to have an argument. On any other topic from school choice, gun laws, climate change, and the problem of evil, I think it’s fruitful to compare and contrast facts and arguments. On any other issue I can sometimes see the liberal atheists point of view, even if I have to squint my eyes and look sideways. I can sympathize with the liberals perspective and/or can see if you had less information how they could come to their conclusions. But on abortion this is the clearest issue that I can ever imagine having come up.

From the moment the two haploid cells (sperm and egg) come together to form a diploid cell – that entity has a unique genetic sequence. Similar to the mother’s and father’s but unique. If we’re talking about this as a crime scene and a forensic investigator took samples, the embryo tissue would read out as a totally different entity – a victim in this context. There is absolutly no argument to be had here. Every line of reasoning we have produces the same conclusion. Science, theology, philosophy and common sense all prove that that ‘thing’ that the abortion doctor is ‘removing’ is a living human being.

There is absolutely no reasoning with a person who wants to kill babies. I do not want to and will not interact with people who want to use abortion as a form of birth control. This is a moral travesty and I will not debate these people because they are incapable of being reasoned with. Christian philosopher Alvin Plantings talks about something called the ‘noetic effects of sin. In simple terms he just means that sin affects not only our spirits but also our minds. The liberals who are locked in their sin ‘do not have ears to hear or eyes to see.’ Their commons sense is flawed and there is no reasoning with them because they are not in their right mind. Honestly, is it that hard to believe that you have to have a mental illness in order to think killing defenseless children for the mere convenience of the parents could ever be morally justified?

So there you have it. This is the one time, my friends, that you will get this out of me. Maybe you think differently, maybe you want to argue in the comments about this perspective – I will not respond but other readers may feel inclined to. I’d love to hear your perspective in the comments and maybe you could persuade me that debating this topic is worth the energy. God bless you friends.

Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

2 Thessalonians 2:11

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SH February 9, 2020 - 7:04 am

Hi Isaac, reading your remark about Plantinga’s noetic effects of sin, it’s interesting to note St. Thomas Aquinas’s works precisely on that topic, since he was, in my view, one of the greatest minds ever. I would highly recommend you to read Ed Feser’s blogpost on the topic. Anyway, excellent post, totally agree!


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