America: The Land Where Life…

America: The Land Where Life… June 23, 2015

…is patently offensive.

Such moments remind me that the real love of country, like the love of God, cannot be predicated merit or deserving, but simply on gratuitous love that goes on loving its object whether the love is deserved or not, and often when the object of love acts like an enemy of the lover.  Nobody every loves his country more than when he loves his country despite the fact it does things that are a stench in the nostrils of God.  And if he truly loves her, he will confront her and go on doing so till she either repents or kills him.

“My country, right or wrong” is like saying “My mother, drunk or sober.” – G.K. Chesterton

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  • There are 29 states with choose life license plates and North Carolina, Rhode Island and New York have denied them according to Wikipedia. There is currently a circuit split on the legality of the plates which means that pretty inevitably, this is going to the US Supreme Court. Only when that happens will the US actually have a national policy on whether it’s viewpoint discrimination to deny an application for a choose life license plate. Since the New York case was about a vanity plate in support of adoption and not abortion, things get more tangled than usual so this is probably not the case you want to push this issue on.

    • Dan13

      It just went to the Supreme Court where Texas’ customized license plate program was considered “government speech.”

      • So 5 days prior to Mark posting this, the US Supreme Court reversed the decision he’s upset about.

        • Dan13

          No actually based on the SC’s logic, states would be able to ban “choose life” plates if they want (assuming their process is similar to Texas’s) under the theory that license plates are purely government speech and the government is not obligated to endorse both sides of an issue. The second circuit’s reasoning was different but the result would likely be the same.

          • I agree that the result of NY not having a choose life plate would likely remain the same but the reasoning would shift from being patently offensive to we don’t agree. This is politically more difficult terrain to support so there is some difference there.

  • Doyle

    It boggles my mind that someone would think the words “Choose Life” were patently offensive.

    • Dave G.

      Remember the old “Life: What a Beautiful Choice” commercials? There were people who tried to get those removed from the airwaves. Nothing new really.

    • Ye Olde Statistician

      The phrase “land of opportunity” as applied to the USA is also a trigger phrase that sends snowflakes fleeing to their safe spaces.

    • ManyMoreSpices

      Doesn’t “choose life” affirm that a pregnant woman has a choice? I thought that that’s all the “pro-choice” people wanted: for women to be able to choose abortion, if that’s what they desired.

      Turns out that recognizing that a pregnant woman gets to make the choice to abort and urging her not to is not enough. Because pro-choicers are not in favor of choice. They’re in favor of abortion.

  • How about “Choose Abortion”? Offensive?

    • Rebecca Fuentes

      We can’t have the state of New York implying that legally killing babies might be wrong. They reserve their disapproval for extra large soft drinks.

      • Four line stanzas:

        END TO END

        Fake men and women, bodies

        Fake marriage, sex,
        no babies

        Fake hope, fake life,
        fake speech

        Fake lessons liars

        Falsehoods of the

        False, the clever

        False, the pleasing

        They take no life,

        False, themselves
        they cheat,

        They cripple their own

        Straight their falsehoods

        Like arrows end to


        June 23, 2015

  • ManyMoreSpices

    “My country, right or wrong” is like saying “My mother, drunk or sober.” – G.K. Chesterton

    That’s right, Gil. She’s still your mom. And you honor her even when she’s a drunk.

  • SteveP

    “For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”