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Equating pro-abortion arguments with pro-slavery arguments: “I don’t personally agree with it, but who am I to tell someone else how to live?”

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Just came across an article that articulates specific reasons why common pro-choice arguments are essentially the same as pro-slavery arguments.

And if any of my friends identify as pro-choice, don’t go hating on me for including this piece that is more than a little harsh/ spiteful/ condescending in tone.  Mark Twain, as you may recall, was a staunch opponent of slavery, and he was also a bitter pessimist against any and all sympathizers, whether or not they actually practiced the institution themselves.  You could choose to think of this writer in a similar way if you’d like.  Here is the article in full:

Arguments commonly made in support of slavery and abortion:

Appeal to privacy: “Well, I don’t personally endorse or condone slavery, but who am I to tell someone what to do with their own property?”
Appeal to privacy: “Well, I personally object to abortion, but who am I to tell someone what to do with their own body?”

Appeal to the superseding right: “My property rights come before the rights of a slave.”
Appeal to the superseding right: “My reproductive rights come before the rights of a fetus.”

Appeal to popular sovereignty: “States can decide for themselves if they want slavery. If a state doesn’t like slavery, they don’t have to have it.”
Appeal to personal sovereignty: “Don’t like abortion? Don’t have one.”

Appeal to inevitability: “Slavery has been around for thousands of years, it’s never going to go away. We might as well have a safe and legal system in place for it.”
Appeal to inevitability: “Abortion has been around forever, it’s never going to go away. We might as well have a safe and legal system for it.”

Appeal to faux-science: “Slaves aren’t really people. They aren’t like us. Look at them — they’re physically different, therefore we are human and they are not. They don’t have the same rights as white people.”
Appeal to faux-science: “Unborn babies aren’t really people: they’re fetuses. Look at them — they’re physically undeveloped. Therefore, we are fully human and they are not. They don’t have the same rights as born people.”

Appeal to economic concerns: “The economy relies on slavery. It would be a financial disaster if it ever came to an end.”
Appeal to economic concerns: “The tax base is strained already, most of these babies would end up on welfare. It would be a financial disaster if abortion came to an end.”

Appeal to the courts: “Slavery was vindicated by the Supreme Court in Dredd Scott. It’s already been decided, there’s no point in arguing it. Nine men in robes said that blacks are property, and so that settles it.”
Appeal to the courts: “Abortion was vindicated by the Supreme Court in Roe v Wade. It’s already been decided, there’s no point in arguing. Nine people in robes said that fetuses aren’t people, and so that settles it.”

Appeal to faux-compassion: “Slavery is in the best interest of Africans. They can’t function in the real world, they need to be protected and guided by the white man.”
Appeal to faux-compassion: “Abortion is merciful. These babies are unwanted. They would have a miserable life. Better to help them avoid it all together.”

Appeal to the Bible: “Slavery isn’t condemned in the Bible. If it’s wrong, Jesus would have specifically said so, but He didn’t.”
Appeal to the Bible: “Abortion isn’t condemned in the Bible. If it’s wrong, Jesus would have specifically said so, but He didn’t.”

 

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I just love me a rousing expression of freedom of speech.

In the words of my friend Crystal, “Stir the pot, why not?”

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Make sure your disagreements, arguments, and even your wars are about truth…

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and NOT about pride.

(More to come on these ideas)

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“Make sure your disagreements, arguments, and even your wars

are about truth and NOT about pride.”

~Katherine Anne

PS.  That first picture is of Ulysses S. Grant and General Robert E Lee.  It depicts the Confederate South’s official surrender of the Civil War at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.  Virginia was a VERY important location in this VERY important American War.  I also know of a VERY cool girl who is from Virginia.

🙂

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Hope is Irresistible….

  Love the banjo (and the Hasidic Jew playing it), the civil war-esque drumming, the voice, the melody, the words.  I get lost in it. So sad but still beautiful and hopeful…

“There is no manual for a broken heart.  I want to use it but it’s all in parts.”

“I’ve knocked on every door in this cold town.”

“I don’t know if I have it in me to laugh again in the face of defeat…”

*Natasha has great stage presence…not too stiff but not too wild either

*Natasha always looks GREAT!  I would LOVE to get in touch with her makeup artist/ stylist 🙂

*Hey Jess Collins (backup singer) if you ever get sick or bored, give me a call, ok?

*Hey guys don’t not listen/enjoy just cuz its a girl singer

Core Beliefs:  Beauty, Expression, Humor,  Kindness, Understanding, Christ

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