The following is a guest post from Patrick Anderson. Patrick calls out the Christian ideology that may have fueled the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs.
Hello Beautiful Readers.
A few days ago, I had a civil though very spirited debate with an acquaintance of mine who is a devout Christian. She very understandably wanted to know why I am so interested in what other people believe, and even more pointedly, why I consider it any of my business. My reply was something I have written about several times, and have heard said by many prominent members of the secular community: that beliefs do not exist in a vacuum, but directly inform actions. If people can become convinced of bad ideas, be those ideas bad science, irrational ideology, or an underserved sense of moral superiority or self-righteousness as well as the right to act violently in order to impose their “superior” morals on others, the consequences can be dire. I am very sad to say that at the time of this writing, as an armed madman earlier today barricaded himself inside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, we as a nation are seeing a perfect example of this.
While it has not yet been confirmed that the shooter is a Christian (and believe me you will read a redaction and apology from me if he is not), if history is any teacher I am willing to take the risk of assuming that he is. If he is, then what we are seeing is an example of exactly what I was discussing with my friend a few days ago. I imagine he’s been convinced that the soul is present at conception; that women, regardless of the huge risk that any pregnancy presents to their health, have no right to make decisions about another human life being dependent upon them regardless of that risk; that the ridiculous and debunked video alleging that Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue for profit is true (hint: it isn’t); and that he is defending the “innocent unborn” by trying to terrorize and murder women who are attempting to gain access to a legal medical procedure, as well as the officers who have sworn to protect these women and uphold our laws.
To those of you who decide to eschew reason and medical science in order to believe in a ghost in the shell; to those of you who promulgate the completely unfounded notion that the hypothetical souls of fetuses or blastocysts are somehow more entitled to rights and protections than sentient and sapient members of society that we know to exist; to those of you who have uncritically believed that odiously dishonest video about Planned Parenthood, and shared it on social media so that other uncritical thinkers can share it in kind; and to those of you who are reading this and refuse to objectively consider any of the links, information, or perspective that I have included simply because it contradicts what you already believe, and truth be told you would rather bury your heads in the sand and continue to feel secure in the familiarity and comfort of your beliefs than admit to even the possibility of being wrong and having open dialogue about how to improve our society: to all of you, I say that you are looking upon your own handiwork when you read about terrorist attacks like the one happening in Colorado.
I hope you are well satisfied with yourselves, Beautiful Readers.
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