Choice has a price

Monday Musings for April 15, 2019

Good morning, Musers,

Complex social issues are often presented as dichotomies — and this is particularly true on social media. This is great if your objective is to stand on one side of an issue and yell at those on the opposite side. But this type of “dialog” is more like advertising than debating… I mean… it’s all output. There is no sharing of ideas. There is no point and counterpoint.

Now, God must love dichotomies because the Bible is full of them. But we find the mother of them all in Deuteronomy 30:15-20.

“See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction …. This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live ….” (Deuteronomy 30:15–20, NIV)

Could there be a more immanent yet overarching dichotomy than life or death? But God is not talking about these as mere philosophical constructs. He’s keeping it real. He is connecting life with prosperity and blessings, and death with curses and destruction. So, his emphasis is on our ongoing lives more than on our eternal destinies.

Every other dichotomy we encounter is “under” that overarching one in Deuteronomy… except for false dichotomies. Those are logical fallacies… and God doesn’t “do” logical fallacies. He does judge equivocation, though… and people often use these fallacies to do just that.

Take the abortion issue, for instance. People who are for abortion don’t refer to themselves as “pro-abortion” … because the word abortion evokes horrible images. So, they have rebranded themselves under the umbrella of women’s rights as “pro-choice” … and this is smart. Who doesn’t love women? … and who doesn’t love choice!

The problem is, they want you to buy this women-verses-everybody-else stand as a true dichotomy. So, anyone who says they are pro-life is labeled as anti-women. This is illogical and disingenuous… but it fits the mode of social media’s polemics perfectly. But note this well: I am pro-life and I am pro-women — and I repudiate the idea that I can’t be both!

Now, I understand why pro-choice advocates might go for this false dichotomy strategically. It takes the focus off the murder of innocent pre-born children… which is the pro-choice movement’s Achilles heel. But I’m worried about the number of people who have bought into the idea that if you do not support a women’s right to chose murder under special circumstances, that you cannot also love those women. That assertion is logically and experientially preposterous.

In fact, I think I love these women more than pro-choice people do. Since half of all babies are women, I’m speaking for the millions of them who have been silenced in the womb. I also advocate (and vote) to protect future unborn women! So, don’t tell me that I hate women categorically when I speak out against the atrocity of abortion specifically. That’s a false dichotomy.

You see, I love — and I want to protect — all people… and that fact that I value life over convenience just means that I am morally congruent. It does not mean that I’m poking my nose into someone’s private business… and the advice that if I’m against abortion, then don’t get one is an attempt to deflect the issue.

A woman who decides to abort under the influence of the pro-choice movement is very much like a home-grown terrorist. They’ve submitted to brainwashing… and they kill themselves while killing others in the name of personal liberty. Supporting abortion is suborning murder — the ultimate equivocation for a human being.

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