Sunday, June 7
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Abortion

Fetuses, Felines, and Fraud

Fetuses, Felines, and Fraud

"Life" Issues, Abortion, Cecil the Lion, conflict, Creation, critical judgment, DDS, humor, Satire / parody, Spirituality
You just knew it had to happen, right? The other shoe just had to drop. I mean, anyone with an IQ even a couple decimal places greater than their hat size -- sorry, Gov. Walker! -- could have seen this coming from the other side of the Milky Way Galaxy. I am referring, of course, to the inevitable conjunction of two sensational stories: (1) the clandestine recording of Planned Parenthood officials nibbling at salads and sipping wine while pining for Lamborghinis, etc., as they discourse with professional clinical detachment on the break-even costs associated with the acquisition, preservation, and transportation of fetal tissue; and (2) the virtually universal outrage sweeping social media about the killing of Cecil the Lion by Minnesota dentist Dr. Walter J. Palmer, who, perhaps subject ...
Facing the 800-Lb Gorilla

Facing the 800-Lb Gorilla

Abortion, birth, Challenge, Compassion, conflict, conservatism, contraception, doubt, Ethics, God, Pain and Suffering, Religion, Spirituality
The questions I will ask in this post will all be "800-lb-gorilla" questions -- pretty obvious but usually unaddressed -- that apply to any theistic religious believer, irrespective of their stance on the abortion issue. But it does apply especially – though, I repeat, not exclusively -- to people who self-describe as “pro-life” and therefore presumably “anti-abortion”. For it seems that there is a certain … what should I call it? … cognitive dissonance, a certain conceptual disconnect between the “pro-life” opposition to abortion, on the one hand, and the theology that undergirds that position, on the other: vis a vis the abortion issue, it is difficult to see how theology supports a categorical and unqualified “pro-life” ethic. In fact, I believe a stronger case can be made that an ortho...