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.

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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