How Not to Win Hearts and Minds on Abortion

How Not to Win Hearts and Minds on Abortion May 5, 2015

60% of Americans are ambivalent about abortion. They don’t like it, but they don’t want to tell desperate women what they can and cannot do. They are open to persuasion many times, but they are nervous about it. Calm, reasoned argument is your best bet with such folk.

It is therefore generally not a good idea for opponents of abortion to threaten to set themselves on fire over the issue. It is also not helpful to improving the growing image of the GOP as the Party of Crazy when the person threatening to immolate himself is a Republican legislator. And it is, further, not helpful to note that the only reason you won’t do your crazy stunt is because you are a Christian.

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  • Dave G.

    Nope, didn’t see the big deal in this.

  • Joseph

    If I weren’t afraid of fire, I’d light myself on fire.

    • IRVCath

      I wouldn’t. Catholicism, remember, condemns suicide as much as it does abortion.

      • Joseph

        Do I really have to explain my comment to you?

  • ManyMoreSpices

    I don’t endorse setting anyone on fire, but I’m not so sure that being violent and crazy is an ineffective strategy. The left doesn’t cower before the demands of Christians. Demands made by that younger, violent-er Abrahamic religion seem to get them to yield.

    • Tweck

      Yes, however we are called to not be violent, but to be loving and merciful, like Christ! 🙂

  • jaybird1951

    One single person made that stupid ‘threat’ and Mark uses him to dump on the GOP as the “Party of Crazy.” I don’t think that is a growing image among the public but specific to Mark’s own bias.

    • FrogLeg

      You’re right. Greg Abbott’s mustering of the Texas National Guard to counter a federal invasion is much more indicative of the party of crazy.

      • Vision_From_Afar

      • Dave G.

        Nobody is saying there aren’t crazies in the GOP. Just like there are crazies in the Democratic party and crazies in the popular ‘no party affiliation’ group. It’s just this doesn’t seem to rise to the occasion. More a person letting off steam, possibly with the assumption that any slings and arrows shot at him in reaction will be coming at him from the front, rather than from behind.

        • chezami

          Meanwhile, in Texas, the Party of Crazy governor is pandering to the lunatics who think Obama is just about to attack Texas. Every party has lunatics. But in the GOP, the lunatics are calling the shots.

          • Dave G.

            Yep, that was what I was referring to. Abbott’s call to arms, or at least call to vigilance against the Feds. Crazy? Yeah. But hardly unique. Especially today. It’s one of the symptoms of a dying civilization. Lots of mistrust, lots of crazy.

    • chezami

      I’m sure the governor of Texas and his kowtowing to the nutcases who fear Obama is about to attack Texas is just another “isolated incident”, right?

  • IRVCath

    So a man is threatening to commit an undisputed mortal sin in response to another undisputed mortal sin? What the heck does that accomplish?

  • Na

    Ok. If the GOP is the party of crazy, what is the democratic party’s moniker?

    Surely, Mark must have quite a zinger ready to call them through the fog to the fullness of the gospel message. I can’t wait. what will it be?

    • chezami

      I think the Party of the Sacrament of Abortion is still quite adequate. Now, having done the tu quoque kabuki ritual, would it be possible, just once, for the Party of Personal Responsibility to face up to its dementia without reflexively shifting the blame and pointing the finger?

      • Na

        you are missing the broader point…why don’t you constantly call liberal catholics to account for their hypocritical loyalty to the Party of Abortion? This approach is especially grating after listening to liberal bishop after liberal bishop give sanctimonious speeches on how they have to be friends with pro-abortion politicians and not say mean things otherwise the politicians will never see the error of their ways. Please name any catholic democratic politician that has become more pro-life over time? Any?

        I believe in rights, responsibilities, human diginity and ordered goods…I am not responsible for some guy I never met and don’t know. There are going to be over a dozen republicans running for the presidential nomination. They don’t all believe the same thing. Treat people as people. Marx has already done enough damage without enciting this perpetual group warfare.

        • chezami

          Right. It’s just impossible to know from what I’ve written what I think about abortion and leftist Catholic support for it. A complete mystery.

          Not super complicated: righties claim, as their special glory, to be faithful to the teaching of the Church. Lefties are frank and open about their contempt for Church teaching when it gets in their way. Those to whom much is given, much will be required. If Conservatives are going claim to be the faithful Remnant then we bloody well better act like it.

          • Na

            i think the dividing line is actually more along the lines of moral relativism than church authority. liberals claim to understand the true meaning of the gospel which has evaded the church all of these years. By not challenging this view and taking every opportunity to paint conservatives a hypocrites it really keep liberal’s trapped in this world view.

            If only the church and her supporters would engage powers and principalities rather seeking to be everyone’s buddy.