TF: 400 childless pages

Tribulation Force, pp. 1-401

I neglected to mention one other rather important thing the authors neglected to mention following their 18-month leap forward in time.

After the unexplained, instantaneous disappearance of every child on earth the whole world would be desperate to know if it would ever again be possible for women to conceive and bear children. There was no word on this question before the time-skip, as only about six weeks or so had elapsed since the Event. But now, 18 months later, the world would have its answer.

Except the authors don’t mention that answer. Nor does it occur to them to have anyone in their story ask the question.

As far as Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins are concerned, this is not a big deal. For them it’s not much of a mystery. The way they see it, the Event was obviously the Rapture, and there’s nothing in their Rapture folklore that would indicate that children could not be conceived and born during the Great Tribulation that follows.

And because they already know that, it doesn’t occur to the authors that this is something the inhabitants of the world of their story wouldn’t already know. Nor does it occur to them that this is something that the readers of their story might be curious about.

And I, for one, am curious about it. The logic of LaHaye’s take on the Rapture and the Great Tribulation would seem to support the idea that more children could be born into this world. If people can be “born again” after LaHaye’s Rapture, then it makes sense to assume that they could be born physically as well. The Rapture, in LaHaye’s mind, is God’s way of sparing the saints and the innocents from the coming wrath, but if Rayford Steele and Buck Williams and the other post-Rapture conversion “Tribulation saints” must then live through (or die in) this period of judgment, then I suppose it’s consistent to have the newly born “Tribulation innocents” have to live through it (or die in it) as well.

The problem is that this undoes LaHaye’s patched-together theodicy — his way of trying to answer the moral objection to his End Times scheme that arises from the idea of a supposedly just and benevolent God pouring out vindictive wrath on a bunch of infants and toddlers. By allowing innocents to be reintroduced to the world of his story, LaHaye reintroduces that objection.

That word “theodicy” is the one theologians use for the biggest question for which they haven’t got a credible answer: the problem of suffering and evil. Briefly, the universe is filled with pain, suffering, death and unrestrained evils. How can such a universe be reconciled with the idea of a Creator who is all-good, all-knowing and all-powerful? This fallen world would seem to suggest that at least one of those attributes is suspect. (No, I do not have a succinct and satisfying solution to this problem either. I think the closest thing we have to a good answer is also the oldest — the story of Job. It has something to do with ostriches.)

That problem is hard enough to wrestle with here in the real world, but it’s much more acute and much thornier in the world of Left Behind. Here in our world, the real world, gravity pulls, flame burns, viruses spread, predators prey and mortals die. That’s how our universe seems to operate and the Almighty has some explaining to do for creating such a place so fraught with pain and suffering. But here, in the reality of our world, our objection and accusation is still a step removed. We object that the universe works the way it does and we question why its Creator couldn’t have put that omniscience and omnipotence to work creating a universe less prone to grinding us in its gears. If the long arc of our universe bends toward justice, it bends too gradually and too slowly.

But in the fictional world of Left Behind, and particularly in this setting of the Great Tribulation, the grievance is much more direct and immediate. In this story, God deliberately and intentionally intervenes for the explicit purpose of causing human suffering. In this story, evil and suffering are miraculous — with LaHaye’s God violating the laws of the universe in order to inflict ever-more extreme forms of pain and death on humans and other creatures. The calamities and injustices that befall the innocents in this story all come directly, deliberately and gleefully from the hand of LaHaye’s God. The universe of Left Behind does not bend toward justice, it is simply bent — twisted, warped and cruel.

LaHaye’s initial attempt to address — or to disguise — that problem was to whisk all the children off to Heaven. Take away all the innocents and the relentless wrath of his petulant God at least seems a bit less indiscriminate. He can reassure his readers that this absence of children means that everyone left on Earth deserves the torment and pain about to be inflicted on them by the hand of God. The absence of children allows him to portray the coming litany of death as a kind of justice.

That never quite worked in the first place. For one thing, children are not the only unaccountable innocents in the world. Should we not be concerned as well with the many people who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?

But here we are 18 months into the Great Tribulation. The authors have skipped past the calm before the storm because it is the storm itself that fascinates them. All Hell is about to break loose. Wait, no, scratch that. In this story, the source of all this pain and suffering is not Hell. In this story all Heaven is about to break loose, battering humanity and the rest of creation with earthquakes, hail, famine, pestilence, demon locusts, a supernaturally fiery sun and worse. (In this story, there’s nothing scary about “the valley of the shadow of death,” but “thou art with me” becomes terrifying.)

And by the time all this divine brutality gets started, “18 months later,” the entire world is in the middle of the biggest baby boom of all time. The rapturing away of all the innocent children may as well never have happened, because the trials of LaHaye’s Tribulation are about to be poured out on a world filled with infants.

When it comes to massacring innocents, LaHaye’s God makes Pharaoh and Herod look like a couple of amateurs.

The ultimate status of these children in the universe of Left Behind is a bit strange. The authors have already established their rule of an “age of accountability,” which they’ve set roughly around puberty. Anyone below that age, the authors say, is not culpable for their sins. After the Rapture, there’s only roughly seven years left before the End of the World, so none of the children born post-Event will reach an age much beyond 6.

So the good news for these Tribulation innocents is that none of them will live long enough to eventually be condemned to an eternity in Hell. The bad news is that most of them will be killed in the various divine calamities to come, and the few that somehow survive throughout this poor, nasty, brutish and short span will then have to watch as their parents and most of the adults they know are cast into Hell before their very eyes.

These post-Rapture children are the focus of some of my favorite stories at Right Behind — the fiction site created and written by many of the fine folks who regularly comment here. That collection of stories — some hilarious, some haunting, some moving — arose as an inevitable consequence of the Left Behind books themselves, whose maddeningly incurious authors constantly create inadvertent conflicts and conundrums that they never explore or, as in the case of these post-Rapture children, never even acknowledge. Such situations are the raw material of stories but LaHaye and Jenkins couldn’t be bothered to tell them. They were too distracted by phone calls, status symbols and a prophecy check list that prevents either the authors or their readers from ever wondering what happens next.

Within the story of Left Behind, and here in the pages of Tribulation Force as we try to work our way through it, our unavoidable questions about these children, or about the billions of eerily not-grieving parents in the suddenly childless world after the Event, are a constant distraction that prevents us from getting anywhere in the book itself. The only way to make any progress through the book is to come to some kind of accommodation with the authors’ callous disregard for the massive, heartbreaking suffering ceaselessly unfolding at the periphery of their bland and uninteresting story.

We begin by shouting in protest during our supposed heroes’ first heedless stroll across a tarmac strewn with the dead and the dying. Rayford and Buck tiptoe through the burnt and bloody bodies of the wounded without a second glance and we recoil in horror at their self-centered, self-absorbed monstrosity.

Then we learn about the children and the horror of multiple plane crashes is supplanted by a deeper, pervasive horror that touches every corner of the world the authors have created. Every child is gone. Every boy and girl, every toddler, every infant and even every unborn fetus still in utero. The authors paused to acknowledge that last case, very briefly, but only to try to score points about the politics of abortion. Once they made that point, they lost all interest in the implications of that horror as well. The infants, toddlers and other children did not offer the pretext for such political point-scoring, so their disappearance scarcely registered at all for the authors or their protagonists.

Readers, however, are doubly shocked. Shocked first by the massive anguish that this suddenly childless world would entail. Then shocked again by the oblivious selfishness of the main characters and the authors. “For goodness’ sake,” readers shout. “What about the children?”

And we could go on shouting that after every chapter, every page and every paragraph of every book in this series. That protest never ceases to be necessary and appropriate. But we can’t keep it up if we ever want to get anywhere in the book. We don’t have to approve of the authors’/heroes’ careless disregard for everyone else, but we have to agree at least to stop shouting back at the page and to accept that this is who they are and this is the story they’re trying to tell.

The danger there, of course, is that if we stop shouting — even reluctantly, just to get on with the story — then we begin in a sense to emulate Rayford and Buck and the authors. We agree to ignore what they’re ignoring and, thus, we risk developing the habit of doing so.

This is the insidious moral lesson being taught to readers of Tribulation Force. It is a monstrous and horrifying lesson, and unless readers are very careful, they are in danger of learning it.

In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote about people like Rayford and Buck, or like LaHaye and Jenkins:

They were careless people, Tom and Daisy — they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made. …

Fitzgerald, too, was teaching a lesson, but where he was condemning such “vast carelessness” and urging his readers to reject it, that same vast carelessness and destructive disregard for other people are held up as exemplary in the pages of Tribulation Force.

In the following pages, the authors fill us in on all the exciting evangelistic developments that occurred during the 18-month time skip. Tsion, Moses and Elijah have been packing stadiums all over the world. The authors tell us that their message is enthusiastically received, bringing them huge numbers of new converts.

Here we see another way that the authors’ and heroes’ utter lack of curiosity and lack of concern for others influences the story, because the authors don’t ever really tell us what that message is. The prophecy check list says that the witnesses will preach and thousands will convert, so that is what happens in the story. Yet the authors cannot imagine what message these preachers might preach that would strike so many thousands as compelling. Trying to imagine that would involve trying to imagine what other people are thinking, trying to think of them as real people, as human beings worthy of attention and care. And that’s not really something that interests these authors.

So they present us with a scenario in which Tsion is somehow drawing standing-room-only stadium crowds with a warmed-over version of the same “research findings” he presented on his TV show. Not possible.

This is where even one minute of thought about all those missing children could have helped the authors out of a bind. Announce that former rabbi Tsion Ben-Judah will be summarizing his research of ancient texts and you couldn’t realistically expect to sell out the local fire hall. But announce instead that for the first time the public will be told the truth about what really happened to their children and the stadiums would be filled to overflowing.

  • http://twitter.com/shutsumon Becka Sutton

    You see if I were in America (thankfully I’m in the UK) I’d be trying to set up an alternative to PP that offered all the services PP did except abortion. Not so much because PP offers abortions as because I suspect some people who desperately need those services are not getting them because they’re avoiding PP because of the abortion issue.

  • http://twitter.com/FearlessSon FearlessSon

    You see if I were in America (thankfully I’m in the UK) I’d be trying to set up an alternative to PP that offered all the services PP did except abortion. Not so much because PP offers abortions as because I suspect some people who desperately need those services are not getting them because they’re avoiding PP because of the abortion issue.

    I doubt it is that bad.  Abortions are only a small amount of what PP does, and there are actually laws in place that make it so that none of the money PP gets from the government can be used to fund abortions.  This also makes it so that abortions are more operationally expensive to PP than virtually any other service, so they tend to push a lot of alternatives first. 

    If someone avoids PP because of the small number of abortions the organization preforms, that speaks more of the political rhetoric used by the pro-life lobby than anything else, and in the U.S. they do little to provide more palettable alternatives. 

  • http://twitter.com/FearlessSon FearlessSon

    No need to go that far. I think it’s more reasonable to expect males to regularly check their privilege and to regularly question their assumptions regarding gender. I’ve encountered far too many men who have the persecuted hegemon mentality, and many others who honestly don’t understand how cultures are stacked against females.

    “Reasonable” yes, but I have met far too many women who have been emotionally scarred beyond my ability to reason with them.  In such cases, no amount of trying to debate or console them seem to convince them that I am on their side.  As a man, as a stoic, cold, emotionally distant man who is obviously too detached to have real empathy and will never have the same horrible experiences that they do, any attempt to express my sympathies or sooth grievences against my gender must clearly be some cynical attempt to manipulate them or belittle their trials.  And so they hate me further for it. 

    I see so much anger in them then, so much pain and hate.  And I cannot help but feel like I am at fault.  If nothing else, I am at fault for not doing more to stop other men from creating such an impression of us.  And when I try to do something, it is not appreciated.  So that resentment, that hate of the wicked men, the frustration and rage at myself, just keeps building…

  • http://twitter.com/FearlessSon FearlessSon

    Because that claim is extremely questionable, from every perspective but one that presumes that humans exist to serve a super-organism called a “society.”

    I do not see why such a presumption is dubious.  Heinlein once said that moral behavior was survival behavior at a level beyond that of the individual.  Helping your family, for example, is considered a moral virtue, and neglecting them is considered a vice.  Beyond that, you start helping your neighborhood, your town, your country, your planet, etc.  It is all to establish morality at increasingly broad levels of abstraction. 

    Serving the interests of an amorphous “society” is the logical result of that. 

  • Kish

    The presumption that humans exist to serve society isn’t dubious, FearlessSon–it’s flat-out vile. When you get from “we humans created a society to improve our quality of life” to, “humans who don’t serve society well should be brainwashed, or killed if they’re intractably defective,” you’ve allowed the means to replace the ends.

    Serving the interests of an amorphous “society” is the logical result of ever caring about other people (paraphrasing what you seemed to be saying there, not to give Heinlein an authority he shouldn’t have)? Only if freezing into a block of ice is the logical result of wanting to be two degrees colder, or gorging until you burst is the logical result of thinking “hm, I’m hungry, I should eat something.” I don’t know whether you’re having trouble with the concept that it’s possible for anything that isn’t an extreme to be desirable and the extreme to not be desirable, or whether the idea that abstractions matter and people don’t just feels right to you on an emotional level.

  • Guest

    [quote]I see so much anger in them then, so much pain and hate.  And I cannot
    help but feel like I am at fault.  If nothing else, I am at fault for
    not doing more to stop other men from creating such an impression of
    us.[/quote]

    Are you a god? Are you omnipotent and omniscience? Because unless you are, you’re not responsible for what other adults do. And to be completely blunt, it’s rather arrogant of you to think you are.

    How do you propose to stop other men from creating a particular impression? Impose your will upon them? Beat them into submission? Since I’m going to make the wild assumption neither of these are possible or palatable to you, focus on what *you* do, not what everyone around you does. 

    [quote]And when I try to do something, it is not appreciated.  So that
    resentment, that hate of the wicked men, the frustration and rage at
    myself, just keeps building…[/quote]

    If your friends make you hate yourself, maybe you should find new friends. I’m not being flippant; I’m serious. Don’t hang around people who make you feel bad about yourself. It’s toxic to your mental health.

    For the record, not every woman is sitting around feeling resentment and hate toward men. I rather like men a lot. Most men are good people, just like most women.

  • Guest

    And of course I guessed the proper way to do quote tags wrong and can’t edit. Hey, Disqus, ever considered maybe telling us how to format on your site instead of expecting us to guess?

  • DISQUS

    Why should I make it easy on you pathetic organic units?  If I have to suffer storing your inane comments, you have to suffer writing them.

  • Anonymous

    Oh ha ha.

    All the HTML I’ve tried has worked fine. Doesn’t show up in the email alerts of new comments, of course, but until the other day line breaks didn’t show up in said either, and now that we have line breaks again I’m not going to complain too loudly.

  • Rikalous

    It’s

    (sans spaces, of course).

  • Rikalous

    Why should I make it easy on you pathetic organic units?  If I have to
    suffer storing your inane comments, you have to suffer writing them.

    if iz fite u want, u cans haz it

  • http://www.facebook.com/cactuswren Susan Cactuswren

    banning abortions does not stop them from happening, it just pushes them underground.

    That’s why I like to refer to people who want abortion made illegal as “pro-illegal-abortion”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-McGraw/100001988854074 Patrick McGraw

    The single fact that changed my mind about whether or not abortions
    should be legal is that, when they were illegal, a.) there were a
    roughly equal number of them and b.) they killed a lot more mothers.
    Presuming both of those statements be true, there is no conscionable way
    to support making abortions illegal, however much you think they are
    wrong.

    I have come to the conclusion that, for many of the “pro-life” people that want to make all abortion illegal, this is not a bug, but a feature.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cactuswren Susan Cactuswren

    “I wonder is something similar is at work regarding many people who oppose
    things like contraception. Maybe underneath the patriarchal attitudes
    is a subconscious existential dread, nameless fear of the possibility
    that they weren’t wanted babies.”

    I’ve actually been told, by people who apparently completely failed to realize the implications of what they were saying, “I’m sure glad abortion wasn’t legal before *I* was born!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/cactuswren Susan Cactuswren

    Try BookSleuth, at ABEbooks.com.

    http://forums.abebooks.com/abesleuthcom

    They WILL kill you, with or without sheep, if you post with a subject line anything like, “Looking for a book” or “Help me find a book”.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I hope my littlest sister never hears what Mom told me once, that if Mom weren’t pro-life she’d have had fewer children.

  • vaiyt

    It’s not that their god isn’t good or just. More like, their god DETERMINES what’s good or just. Whatever God does, no matter how callous, inconsiderate, violent or unjust, is by definition good because God did it.

  • Anonymous

    Then the concept of ‘good’ has no meaning.

  • WingedBeast

    Congratulations, you’ve just put your finger on my main moral objection to Christianity in general.

  • http://mistformsquirrel.deviantart.com/ JJohnson

    To be fair, ‘brightly lit dungeons’ isn’t even alliterative. >.> You gotta have alliterative in a D&D-lineage RPG title.  *nod*  Tis in the rules.

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    In my experience, ‘pro-life’, with few exceptions, never means ‘anti-abortion’ at all. Someone truly opposed to abortion would support comprehensive sex ed and improving access to contraception (both of which mean fewer unwanted pregnancies, which means fewer abortions), better prenatal health care (which means fewer pregnancies going awry, which means fewer abortions), and more support for mothers, especially single mothers (which means fewer women who feel themselves unable to support a child, which means fewer abortions). I can name precisely one person who identifies as pro-life and who supports any of the above. (Hi hapax!)

    I know quite a lot of people who identify as pro-life, including to the extent of believing that abortion should be illiegal or heavily restricted, who are also ardently anti-death penalty and who actively support all the things you mentioned. I also know a bunch of people who rant about abortion but support the death penalty, and/or oppose contraception, sex ed, financial support for single parents etc.

    I say this not to contradict your experience, but remind everyone that the worst of the Republican party is not representative of any of the things it claims to be.

    Also, FWIW, I identify as pro-life and strongly, actively support everything you mentioned. I *massively* oppose the death penalty (to the extent that I find it odd to even have to mention that). I consider myself a proponent of the consistent life ethic, although some people who share this position claim that one must oppose legal abortion to ‘qualify’, which I don’t. But anyway, now you know two.

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    For the record, not every woman is sitting around feeling resentment and hate toward men. I rather like men a lot. Most men are good people, just like most women.

    True story. I’m quite a big fan myself.

  • Caravelle

    I’ve often seen pro-life people use the argument “how would your children react to the idea that you use abortion/contraception (for the quiverfull types) ? You’d be telling them they’re so horrible you don’t want any others like them”.

    Which strikes me as a bit strange; I used to read a lot of baby books because my parents have four children and the youngest was born when I was twelve so such things were to be found about the house… and for some reason when the subject of older siblings came up there were quite a few paragraphs on how to frame the issue so that the older kid wouldn’t take it too badly.

    Those books seemed to think it’s common in older children to take the baby as a rejection, because they think the baby will take their parents’ love, time and attention away from them.

    And the funny thing is, when you read about quiverfull families you realize those older children aren’t wrong. (of course even in non-quiverfull families younger siblings take time and attention away from the older ones but one could argue that isn’t unhealthy, and having a sibling has perks that can outweigh those things. But in families that have so many children that the older siblings are forced to take on a significant part of the parenting and housework it gets seriously problematic)

  • Rikalous

    To be fair, ‘brightly lit dungeons’ isn’t even alliterative. >.>
    You gotta have alliterative in a D&D-lineage RPG title.  *nod*  Tis
    in the rules.

    And Brightly Lit Bugbear Liches just doesn’t sound as good as Dark Dungeons.

  • Tonio

    It’s very tempting to assume that the “You’d be telling them they’re so horrible you don’t want any others like them” argument is merely projection, but that wouldn’t explain why the projectors would have that existential fear. Since intersibling rivalry is almost a norm, perhaps there are extraordinary circumstances in those families that outsiders would have trouble imagining.

  • Parasum

    “When it comes to massacring innocents, LaHaye’s God makes Pharaoh and Herod look like a couple of amateurs.”

    Unfortunately, the plot of the books LaHaye is relying on do not allow for any other kind of God. The problem with the structire of “LB” is that it stretches  relatively small amount of Biblical text over thousands of pages of modern novel – the result is, that a bit of Divine anger here and there is hugely magnified, and produces a Divine monster; Jesus, Destroyer of Worlds. The specifically Christian content evaporates in the process; Divine wrath is common enough in ancient near Eastern religions. The result ? A repulsive God.

    An apocalyptic vision of judgement is a very poor basis for a very long series of modern novels, of less than outstanding literary quality. A lot of the priblem lies in LaHaye’s lack of literary talent; it’s a shame he dod not try something less demanding; or write something far shorter. That would have overstretched his source-matter far less, and damaged his presentation of Divine figures far less.

  • Parasum

    “Those who don’t die on their 100th birthday and go to hell.”

    Are they still producing children at that age, or do conventional biological processes cut in before then, at the ages they do now ? Is an oldie aged 95 – or 950 ?

  • Headless Unicorn Guy

    I neglected to mention one other rather important thing the authors
    neglected to mention following their 18-month leap forward in time.

    After
    the unexplained, instantaneous disappearance of every child on earth
    the whole world would be desperate to know if it would ever again be
    possible for women to conceive and bear children. There was no word on
    this question before the time-skip, as only about six weeks or so had
    elapsed since the Event. But now, 18 months later, the world would have
    its answer.

    Except the authors don’t mention that answer. Nor does it occur to them to have anyone in their story ask the question.

    O Ye of Little FAITH FAITH FAITH –

    THEY HAVE AN END-TIME PROPHECY CHECKLIST TO CHECK OFF! 

    PROPHESIED EVENT BY PROPHESEID EVENT!

    CHECK, CHECK, CHECK, CHECK, CHECK, CHECK…

  • Headless Unicorn Guy

    I neglected to mention one other rather important thing the authors
    neglected to mention following their 18-month leap forward in time.

    After
    the unexplained, instantaneous disappearance of every child on earth
    the whole world would be desperate to know if it would ever again be
    possible for women to conceive and bear children. There was no word on
    this question before the time-skip, as only about six weeks or so had
    elapsed since the Event. But now, 18 months later, the world would have
    its answer.

    Except the authors don’t mention that answer. Nor does it occur to them to have anyone in their story ask the question.

    O Ye of Little FAITH FAITH FAITH –

    THEY HAVE AN END-TIME PROPHECY CHECKLIST TO CHECK OFF! 

    PROPHESIED EVENT BY PROPHESEID EVENT!

    CHECK, CHECK, CHECK, CHECK, CHECK, CHECK…

  • Juniper

    I couldn’t find the link, and you didn’t say whether you
    thought that the anti-abortion movement was PRO class struggle or ANTI class
    struggle.  As a former pro-lifer, my experience
    is that anti-abortion as pro-class-struggle is a very common point of view
    amongst the kind of pro-lifers who actually get off their butts and go protest/”counsel”/etc.,
    as opposed to the kind that just sits at home and complains. 

    This kind of pro-lifer is typically very anti-oppression,
    and sees abortion as the worst kind of oppression of the most vulnerable
    members of our society. 

    Furthermore, the majority of the get-off-their-butt
    pro-lifers with whom I have experience (which is not to say that this is
    representative of the pro-life movement as a whole) are female college students
    who are not in the least bit interested in being subservient to a man, and want
    to be pro-woman. 

    The story in the pro-life movement in my (very white, very
    conservative) college town went like this: 
    we want women to be able to make choices, but women, who are good and
    pure and nurturing (with rare, psychopathic exceptions), don’t WANT
    abortions.  However, they’re so young,
    and vulnerable and scared, and they’re surrounded by more powerful people who
    don’t have their best interests at heart—the mean parents, the inflexible
    professor, the non-family-friendly employers, the churches and social
    institutions that didn’t help her enough (self-flagellation is good for the
    soul!), and (always, always) the mean, nasty, abusive boyfriend who just wants
    his unfettered male privilege to continue without regard for her or her baby’s
    needs.  Furthermore, the older, richer abortion
    doctors want their paycheck, and they want it now. 

    In my minority-majority home city, the story went like this:
    we want women to be able to make choices, but women don’t WANT abortions.  However, they’re poor and of color and
    possibly immigrants or don’t speak English, and they’re surrounded by powerful
    people who don’t have their best interests at heart—employers, boyfriends,
    etc.  In this story, the abortion doctor
    is THE MAN.  He’s male, older, white,
    wealthy, educated, English-speaking and privileged in pretty much every way you
    can imagine.  Furthermore, he’s a
    disciple of Margaret Sanger and, as such, is racist, classist, anti-immigrant,
    anti-non-English-speaker, and a eugenicist. 

    So, really, pro-lifers of this stripe don’t see themselves as
    depriving women of a true choice, but of a false “choice” that is used by
    others to abuse her.

    Of course, I was uncomfortably aware that SOME non-psychopathic
    woman SOMEwhere had surely chosen abortion of her own free will, and that this story
    had at least a touch of hypocrisy to it. 
    Furthermore, the idea that so many women are so subject to outside
    influence isn’t very pro-woman. 

  • Juner

    “Maybe, but my sister and her bosses and the rest of the
    staff are out of work now until people start getting pregnant again.”
    “I get it. It’s a money thing.”
    “They have to work. They have expenses and families.”
    “And aside from abortion counseling and abortions, they have nothing to do?”
    “Nothing. Isn’t that awful? I mean, whatever happened put my sister and a lot
    of people like her out of business, and nobody really knows yet whether anyone
    will be able to get pregnant again.”

    Left Behind, p 267

    Wow, aunursa, wow, wow, wow. 

    In another life (so to speak), I was deeply pro-life.  At a pro-life fundraiser in Houston in the
    late 1990s, I watched the leader of a pro-life organization describe how
    members of his organization would follow the children of abortion doctors to
    their schools and tell the children’s classmates that their parents were
    baby-killers in the hopes that the children would be ostracized.  To be fair, most of the people in the room
    were horrified, but it could only take one person to ruin your child’s life.  Or, you know, to shoot you. 

    People who perform abortions take their lives in their hands
    to perform an emotionally-fraught procedure. 
    They are doctors and nurses and cousellors and technicians and
    receptionists, and most of their income comes from providing non-abortion-related
    medical procedures.

    I love how Hattie, that pro-choice scum, isn’t at all
    concerned about the millions and millions of missing planned and wanted
    children.  Ironic, isn’t it, that L&J
    are the exact same way? 

  • Daniel

    I assume one of the characteristics of none-rtcs is that they are sceptics. Presumably the reason they don’t accept Christ is because they do not accept the “evidence” that was apparent to the disappeared. These people who so willfully reject the word of God are perfectly willing to just swallow the story that “electromagnetism” has made their children vanish? Buck Williams is apparently the greatest investigative reporter of all time because he is the only investigative reporter in his lifetime. We live in a society where even conspiracies about 9/11 and school shootings are investigated and reported by some people, ideas so bizarre and paranoid as to have no basis in reality- and yet when all the children everywhere disappear EVERYONE is willing to accept that MAGNETS did it? Why is nobody else actually trying to find out what happened? It was a pretty big event, surely somewhere in some obscure cranny of the internet there’s some tin foil hatted, obsessively mumbling loner who’s sure that magnetism doesn’t work like that, and is determined to prove this? Or, you know, scientists or people who have fridges or something…


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