A Time and Place
I’ve been asked by fans for several years now why I have avoided the topic of abortion. I’ve mentioned it as a topic of debate and division a few times here and there but, believe it or not, after over 8 years on the web I’ve yet to write a single rant about the subject.
I don’t really see abortion as being much of a religious issue. Abortion is a (relatively) recent human invention, so no mention of the procedure is found in any ancient holy book. The underlying issue is actually killing (or murder, depending on how you look at it), and I’ve covered the taking of life in a fair amount of detail in several rants throughout the site, primarily here. But abortion is a medical procedure and this is an atheism website, so you won’t hear much about it.
But to settle the matter at hand…
In a world of intellectual honesty, there are only two morality-based grounds upon which a person may object to abortion:
While there are a scattered few atheists/non-religious people who object to abortion strictly on humanitarian grounds (which is a legitimately fair and reasonable position), I reject all LYING SACK OF SHIT CHRISTIANS who play the “humanitarian” objection card.
Christians, hypocritical as most are, need an out when they want or need to break their own doctrinal beliefs, and this not-so-clever objection alignment provides that out. (We’ll get back to this in a bit.)
First, a Christian claiming objection to abortion on humanitarian grounds is like someone with a severe allergy to peanuts saying that they don’t eat them because they don’t care for their taste. Clearly this is a laughable argument. It might be a reason, but it’s not the reason. The former clearly trumps (and renders moot) the latter. If a peanut can kill you, then your disdain for its taste is not terribly relevant.
If you’re a Christian, your holy doctrine declares human life at the moment of conception, that life is sacrosanct, and that abortion is the willful taking of life. It’s a mortal sin. It is verboten. Any “humanitarian” objections that you might also claim are trumped (and rendered moot) by your religious doctrine. “Thou shalt not kill” from the mouth of god lays waste to trivial earthly concerns. What you think about the human condition is irrelevant. God’s in charge and he laid down the law, so fuck you and your profound intellectual dishonesty.
If you’re a Christian who opposes abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger, then you’re a hypocrite. Plain and simple.
If you’re a Christian who opposes abortion but claims humanitarian objections to make exceptions for cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger, then you’re the worst kind of hypocrite and an intellectually dishonest asshole.
If you’re a Christian who opposes abortion and makes no exceptions for cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger, then you’re an awful human being.
Yes, I acknowledge that it sucks to be you.