Apparently, I don't get the "Until Abortion Ends" campaign…

I wrote a blog back in December about the Until Abortion Ends campaign.

Christina showed me a growing anti-abortion trend last night.  It’s a website called “Until Abortion Ends (a Hero Initiative)”.  The idea is that people will make a personal sacrifice until abortion is made illegal.

Turns out people were giving up soda, coffee, fries, McDonald’s, etc.  I merely suggested that if you think abortion is the equivalent of genocide that this response minimized the issue.

But yesterday, Fatima came by and set me straight.

JMJ Totus tuus +

I’m a pro-life AND Catholic AND I do think you miss the whole point of Until Abortion Ends. Did you even read what’s the purpose of the whole movement and TRIED to understand it?

“Until Abortion Ends is a movement from a new generation of pro-lifers who are aware of the spiritual merit of personal sacrifice in the battle for the lives of the unborn.”

I’m sure you’re not blind to the aggressive marketing strategies of Coke, McDonald’s and Starbucks (to name a few). Ever tried living without Coke or McDonald’s (or whatever you usually eat/ drink) for a week?

Do we expect the President to be overcome with anxiety with what we’re giving up? NO. He made taking the lives of the unborn legal, why is he going to dwell over GROWN-UPS who don’t like him not buying Coke or McDonald’s?

Why are we giving up only coke or french fries? Because we’re not giving it up for any vain motive- not for looking good or being famous- we’re giving it up FOR A CAUSE.

What’s your cause and what have you given up for it?

You say…

I’m a pro-life AND Catholic AND I do think you miss the whole point of Until Abortion Ends. Did you even read what’s the purpose of the whole movement and TRIED to understand it?

Funny thing, I did read the website.  I was expecting to find the campaign was about taking a stand against genocide (abortion).  But the website (which you can find through the link) doesn’t say shit about what the campaign is about.  So I listened to those partaking in the campaign and learned it was about achieving solidarity with the victims of genocide…by not drinking soda.  I can relate.  I’m trying to take a stand with all the children who have been raped by Catholic priests by waking up five minutes earlier each day.  We’re gonna change the world, brother.

Also, way to gloss over my point.  I said the response was silly.  You wonder if I know what the campaign is about.  Let’s hear your take, Fatima.

“Until Abortion Ends is a movement from a new generation of pro-lifers who are aware of the spiritual merit of personal sacrifice in the battle for the lives of the unborn.”

Ah, the sacrifices we make in battle.  It’s so fascinating, you elevate the importance of your cause by calling it “battle.”  This gives the impression of constant fight, exertion, grit, and genuine sacrifice (soldiers can tell you all about it).  This attempts to convey how important this issue is; so important we’ll fight with all that’s in us!  How do you live up to this standard?  How do you fight?  By going out and doing anything or by sacrificing even a few seconds of your time working, y’know, like an activist?  Fuck no, let’s not get crazy here.  You’re passing on your weekly Big Mac (good thing Pizza Hut is open, amirite?).  This is totally an appropriate response when someone believes lives are at stake.  In the war of abortion, this is the nuclear bomb.

I’m sure you’re not blind to the aggressive marketing strategies of Coke, McDonald’s and Starbucks (to name a few). Ever tried living without Coke or McDonald’s (or whatever you usually eat/ drink) for a week?

No.  My fat ass just couldn’t take it.

Do we expect the President to be overcome with anxiety with what we’re giving up? NO. He made taking the lives of the unborn legal, why is he going to dwell over GROWN-UPS who don’t like him not buying Coke or McDonald’s?

I’m going to go with “because the president is too occupied with actual wars, fixing the economy, deciding how to allocate foreign aid to starving children, and scratching his nuts to worry about a few people trying to start a revolution by holding their own taste buds hostage by drinking diet Pepsi.”

Why are we giving up only coke or french fries?

Because you don’t give enough of a shit to actually do something meaningful?

Because we’re not giving it up for any vain motive- not for looking good or being famous- we’re giving it up FOR A CAUSE.

Yeah, not vain at all.  “I’m only getting a half latte.  It’s time to go into battle because I care THAT MUCH about millions of lives being lost.”

And it doesn’t matter that you’re being ridiculous “FOR A CAUSE,” you’re still ridiculous.  You can do useless things for a cause (I just ate a fried egg to support secularism, I rule!).  In fact, you make it look like your cause isn’t that important when that’s the extent of what you’re willing to put into it.

What’s your cause and what have you given up for it?

The end of religion.  I have worked hundred hour weeks for no pay.  I have read countless books written by both people who agree and disagree with me.  I have become more educated about Christianity than most Christians.  I have organized protests.  I have canvassed for causes I believe in late into the night with a test the next morning.  I have created and organized a national conference.  I have chalked thousands of bodies on the ground to remind people of the cost of war (real war, where people die for a cause instead of eating healthier), which left my knees so sore I could barely walk (but I continued anyway).

Silly me, I should’ve had one less strip of bacon instead.

  • William R. Dickson

    Wait a second here…does this person actually believe that President Obama is responsible for the passage of Roe v Wade?

    • angelina

      Didn’t you get the memo? Obama is personally responsible for everything.

      He has not proved he was not present at the crucifixion either, while we are on the topic of things he is responsible for

      • Randomfactor

        I assume it’s all that abortin’ he snuck into Obamacare.

        It amuses me to point out that the chief difference between Obamacare and Romneycare is that Obamacare DOESN’T pay for abortions.

      • Narvi

        “Didn’t you get the memo? Obama is personally responsible for everything.”

        Wait, I thought that was Rebecca Watson? That’s what TF’s subscribers keep telling me.

        So which of the two is responsible for the Titanic?

        • Azkyroth, Former Growing Toaster Oven

          …have they ever been seen together?

    • eric

      Yeah, that one got me too. If you think Obama made abortion illegal, you have bigger problems than thinking giving up big macs will change the world.

      ***

      I am not surprised at this reaction at all. People want their efforts to matter, but often don’t want to do any actual work. So they convince themselves that some low-cost symbolic gesture makes a difference, then defend it.

      Giving up coke until abortion is illegal is just another flavor of praying for the sick or wearing your lucky socks to the baseball game; a gesture intended to help unwilling, ineffective non-contributors feel like they are willing, effective contributers.

    • http://www.improbablejoe.blogspot.com Improbable Joe

      You didn’t hear? Barack Obama is secretly Rebecca Watson.

      • PatrickG

        *giggle*

      • http://blogs.nimblebrain.net/ritchie.php Ritchie Annand

        Have you ever seen Rebecca Watson and Obama in the same room together? I think your case is airtight, my friend.

    • Rory

      I assumed they meant ‘the Office of the President,’ as opposed to the particular president now in office. Which doesn’t really make much more sense–it’s not like a president at some point just decreed abortion to be legal.

      • petejohn

        Well, what do you want, these people to get things right?

        Pppsssshhhhh….

    • Rieux

      Dateline January 22, 1973:

      ABORTION LEGALIZED NATIONWIDE BY ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD HAWAIIAN BOY

      It was pretty shocking news; I’m surprised you all have forgotten it.

      • invivoMark

        ABORTION LEGALIZED NATIONWIDE BY ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD KENYAN BOY

        ftfy.

        • petejohn

          ABORTION LEGALIZED BY 11 YEAR OLD KENYAN MUZLUM SOCIALIST FASCIST BOY

  • angelina

    *takes notes*

    Right, I am giving up kitkats to protest at something, well, maybe only half a kit-kat, on Tuesdays, starting next month.

    Who’s with me? Together we can change the world!

  • smhll

    Do we expect the President to be overcome with anxiety with what we’re giving up? NO. He made taking the lives of the unborn legal

    I’m pretty sure abortion was officially legalized in the US by the Roe v. Wade decision of the Supreme Court sometime in the 1970s. Now, the longer Obama is in office, the more Supreme Court Justices he is likely to appoint. By appointing Sotomayor and Kagen he has probably postponed the day that Roe may be overturned. Still some pretty weak logic and a fail on facts on her part.

  • http://www.freethoughtblogs.com/wwjtd Christina

    Wow.

    Yup, ze’s right, we totally missed the point.

    Ze’s giving up Coke FOR A CAUSE, JT.

    A CAUSE.

    A FUCKING CAUSE JT!

    Recognize hir sacrifice. It’s monumental. Every time ze thinks about that coke, ze’ll inflate hir chest and soldier up for the battle against the unborn, and then stand triumphant when ze resists the urge and manages to make that personal sacrifice.

    Maybe ze should buy one of those magnetic car ribbons next. It’s like a sword and shield for your car.

  • msironen

    I think they pretty much give up the game right here:

    the spiritual merit of personal sacrifice

    So basically, it’s spiritual merit badges.

  • plutosdad

    If they want to sacrifice, why not donate their 10% to charities that help unwanted kids, orphans, etc, instead of the church? that would be a sacrifice that might actually HELP.

    Of course, that assumes any of them care about children who are already born.

    • Steven

      They’d rather give that 10% to their church and take on faith that at least some of the money will go towards helping those children.

  • http://polyskeptic.com shaunphilly

    So, I have not drank a Coke or eaten at McDonald’s in years. It has actually been pretty easy. Does this mean I’ve been helping the pro-life cause accidentally?

    [goes to the nearest McDonald's to get a Big Mac and a large Coke...]

    • kagekiri

      As a McDonalds-hater and water-only drinker (well, occasionally I drink green tea or juice, but drinks of sodas/coffee have been years apart), I now dedicate those voluntary “fasts” to be in the name of pro-choice legislation! Fear the power of my constant sacrifice!

      That didn’t seem very effective. Was I supposed to sacrifice those activities to demons or something?

      Oh man, I remember the days when I believed in spiritual warfare, and that fasting was some magic weapon to motivate angels/God to get off their asses and beat back demonic forces.

      God is kind of an ass if he only listens to his “children” when they go on hunger strikes or wear uncomfortable clothes.

    • petejohn

      Having not eaten McDonalds in two years and going to a much closer, same-priced gyro restaurant has not hurt my life at all. Turns out those Big Macs taste absolutely atrocious.

  • James

    Stop pointing out their stupidity or giving them ideas!

    If this is what they think will take rights away from citizens, let them do it!

    Seriously, if some one said “I’m going to stop drinking pepsi until all blacks are slaves again.”…fine by me! Have at it, haus!

  • http://peopleofpublictransport.wordpress.com Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    I just ate a fried egg to support secularism, I rule!

    And you say you are having trouble writing at the moment, JT? You’ve still got it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/danmarshall Dan Marshall

    I just jerked off to help end world hunger!

    Oh wait, we’re supposed to give something up? This is BS.

    • Randomfactor

      Well, it is giving up sex with a partner–which would demonstrably affect the need for abortion…

    • Parse

      There are two immediate problems with jerking off to end world hunger: it’s not very filling, and it’ll have gone bad by the time you get it to a food bank (or at least, they won’t want to accept it by the time you can get it there).

      • Amyc

        Are you suggesting they would accept it if it were fresh??

    • petejohn

      Well you gave up some of your time. That’s technically a sacrifice.

  • http://www.nobelief.net Jasper of Maine (I feel safe and welcome at FTB)

    Sick to death of gestural people. What is with it with theists?

    • http://www.nobelief.net Jasper of Maine (I feel safe and welcome at FTB)

      Prayer is nothing but gesture to a lot of these people – saying things like “I’ll pray for you”. They’re all about gesturing as opposed to doing.

      Like anytime someone’s hurt or in trouble, facebook Christians will hop on and say “You’ll be in my prayers”. How about send them some freaking money! Or helping babysit while mom in a cast, or something.

  • http://faehnri.ch/ eric

    I’m fine with this campaign. It’s about as effective as people saying they’ll pray for the end of abortion. If that’s what you’re doing, keep at it and do only that.

    Until “Until Abortion Ends” ends, I ain’t gonna do shit. Maybe have a beer or something. Idunno.

    • leftwingfox

      Part of me is going “Dude, shut up! They might actually do something PRODUCTIVE to end abortion!”

      The other part of me is going to give up Burger King to end apathy.

  • Jaketoadie

    This morning I changed my profile picture on facebook to the logo for the band Bad Religion. Does this make me an atheist activist at the level of JT or Silverman?

    • Rieux

      Well, JT is sort of short. And Dave Silverman is, what, maybe six foot one?

      • Rieux

        …which is to say that I, personally, am an atheist activist above JT’s level but below Dave’s.

        Here is a similar discussion about archeology.

  • IslandBrewer

    While I’m normally pro-choice, and will continue in the future to vote and act in a consistent manner, this person’s dedication to sacrifice in battle has truly moved me.

    For this morning and this morning only, I will become anti-choice, and in solidarity, refrain from drinking an entire case of Red Bull, FOR A CAUSE!

    If anyone ever asks me if I’ve sacrificed to save the non-existent lives of the unborn, I can say “FUCK YEAH! I SACRIFICED BIG TIME!”

    Now back to donating to Planned Parenthood.

  • http://www.facebook.com/using.reason usingreason

    I’m going to give up:

    All light roast coffees until World Peace is achieved

    All Chocolate bars that aren’t pure milk chocolate until the world’s nuclear arsenal is dismantled

    All carbonated sports drinks until world hunger is eradicated

    Anything with Kiwi in it until true equality for all people is accomplished.

    I will be suffering alone in my house, or perhaps publicly on my Facebook page of pretentiousness until this is accomplished. I will not back down no matter the cost to me, personally. I hope others are inspired by my selfless example. I may need a Twitter account to spread the word. Luckily I can do that from my smartphone in less than 2 minutes; I’ll fall behind on my levels of 100 Doors but I’m willing to sacrifice.

    • kim

      Ooo, I want a “Facebook page of pretentiousness ” also. Would go great with my “Twitter account of self promotion”

  • Anonymous

    step 1: give money to church
    step 2: use money to build moar churches
    step 3: profit

  • Alareth

    I’m giving up pink ribbons until they find a cure for breast cancer.

  • Aliasalpha

    I’m giving up hitting myself in the face with a claw hammer until they develop time travel and stop Hitler!

  • The Lorax

    I can see this becoming a short-lived meme…

    I’m giving up having a Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal gnaw on my genitals until we land a permanent human settlement on Mars. Viva la Revolution!

    • Aliasalpha

      I’m giving up on participating in short lived memes until abortion ends


      Ahh damnit!

  • anteprepro

    I am a truly heroic and courageous person with A Cause. I will give up guzzling arsenic until murder ends. I will give up street racing until racism ends. I will give up sword juggling until sexism ends. I will give up jazz music until a third party candidate finally has a chance at winning a Presidential election. I will give up buying jet planes until PTSD ends. I will give up Chik-Fil-A until war ends. I will give up drinking off-brand strawberry soda until poverty ends. And I will give up assault rifles until homophobia ends.

    Surely, I am the most Spiritual person alive now.

    • petejohn

      I’ll give up breathing until my own life ends! I’m a hero.

      Right?

      Anyone?

      No???

  • Reginald Selkirk

    I used to be Catholic, but I gave it up for Lent.

    • petejohn

      I tried to give up eggs for Lent, not realizing that Methodists aren’t really required to give up anything if they don’t want to and not realizing I was supposed to give up something I actually wanted. Whoops. I was actually told by one rather judgmental Sunday School teacher that I was being a smart aleck and that God was watching me. And they think they bring love to the world… DO THE RIGHT THING (WHICH IS WHAT I THE S.S. TEACHER SAYS BECAUSE I’M AWESOME!) CUZ GOD WILL BE SERIOUSLY PISSED IF YOU DON’T!

  • A ‘Nym Too

    I’m giving up my pink nail polish, until the institutional cover-ups of endemic religion-related child-rapes stop happening.

    Wow. I’m saving lives. I feel so worthy.

  • fastlane

    I’m sure you’re not blind to the aggressive marketing strategies of Coke, McDonald’s and Starbucks (to name a few). Ever tried living without Coke or McDonald’s (or whatever you usually eat/ drink) for a week?

    Yeah, that’s called every fucking week of my life. Because, you know, I care about my health.

    And it’s not that I don’t like that stuff. I loves me a BigMac, but I haven’t had one in…years. I will, on rare occasions give in and have a soda/bigmac, or whatever, but I have to agree with JT.

    These people are all about feeling good/superior, not actually doing anything effective. They are like loud xians praying in public, and we know what the bible says about that.

    • anteprepro

      Yeah, that’s called every fucking week of my life. Because, you know, I care about my health.

      That’s the interesting thing for me: Not only are they giving up trivial things, but they tend to be giving up trivial things that they should be giving up for their own sake . It’s like they need a bizarre, political excuse to go on a diet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/using.reason usingreason

    “Until Abortion Ends is a movement from a new generation of pro-lifers who are aware of the spiritual merit of personal sacrifice like to make meaningless gestures that they can point to in 140 characters or less to demonstrate their moral superiority in the battle for the lives of the unborn.”

    I fixed it.

  • Azkyroth, Former Growing Toaster Oven

    Until abortion ends, I’ll continue to never have one.

  • Whisker

    Well, well, well… first thought crossing my mind when reading this was : “With enemies like this, who needs friends?” :-)
    Second thought was “Please, please, PLEASE (with whipped cream and a cherry on top) shut the hell up instead of giving them silly ideas.” :-)

    Hey, if they want to make it that easy for us to win, why for fceks sake should we stop them? Instead, I’d suggest we collaborate with ‘em and support them as much as we can by gobbling up any Big Mac, Soda or Starbucks coff… er, black dyed dishwater we can get our hands on.
    So if they ever should grow weak and may be tempted to give up their incomparably fierce battle (hell, even administration-hardened marines commanding a desk for at least ten-plus years would wet their pants – laughing), they just won’t be able to. Because we must not leave any BigMac, soda or Ye Olde Starbucks’ Beanpiss. In turn this would mean they HAVE to keep up their struggle.

    I know, cholesterol and transfats and all that stuff is vile and in the long run, it will take its toll and we will have to deal with that.

    But as those mentally very young and irresistibly cute sanctimorons show us: If you’re really REALLY committed to something, then no sacrifice shall be too great.

  • http://realityenthusiast.wordpress.com/ Reality Enthusiast

    I’m giving up eating at Chick-fil-a until abortion ends.

  • Rebecca Hensler

    I’m giving up sex until an African-American man is elected president and we land a vehicle the size of a small SUV on Mars.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Erulora Erülóra Maikalambe

    What’s your cause and what have you given up for it?

    This part cracked me up.

  • petejohn

    These folks may as well have liked every single Pro-Life facebook status for a year.


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