From the Altoona Mirror’s Letters to the Editor section comes this surprising bit of honesty from “pro-life” activist Richard A. Ruth:
Pro-life – what does that mean? It seems to mean a lot of things to a lot of different people.
Some think it means to be concerned for the poor.
Others think it means to do away with the death penalty. Others think it means to be civil with people at all times.
But when anyone active in the pro-life movement, including myself, uses the term, it means one thing, and one thing only, namely, anti-abortion.
We are against murdering a baby in its mother’s womb.
So, if anyone uses the term “pro-life,” but does not mean anti-abortion, please do not use that term, but rather coin your own phrase.
Much of the confusion was caused years ago by a cardinal in Chicago, whose name I am happy to forget. His concept of pro-life included many things, like the spiritual and corporal works of mercy and almost any good deed one can think of. This concept is called “the seamless garment.”
It did much to weaken the pro-life movement and caused much confusion.
Rarely have I seen an anti-abortionist state it so bluntly. It isn’t about women’s health. It isn’t about what is best for the child. It isn’t about the sanctity of human life, it’s about the sanctity of the life of the fetus, nothing more. After they are born? Fuck ’em. Dare suggest that “pro-lifers” care about more than the embryo? Your name will be gladly forgotten.
Of course, embryos are much easier to care about apparently. Especially if your world view includes this:
Those who are in sympathy with the poor should research the abuses in the welfare system. One that I am familiar with is this: Women are encouraged to have many children. The more children they have, the more money they get. Often a woman will have three to five children to three to five different fathers.
Ahem. Citation fucking needed. Also, wait. If a few poor people play the system, then fuck ’em all? What about those that are not abusing the welfare system? Do they not exist? Oh, I know, they just need to work harder, is that it? You know, I understand people who are anti-abortion. I don’t agree with them, but I understand where they are coming from. But the above quote? That’s just ignorance. And prejudice. And unless I have the Karl Marx version of the Bible, it’s pretty far from the teachings of Jesus.
If Richard Ruth takes requests, I would love to read his thoughts on #blacklivesmatter. I’m sure they are well thought out and enlightening.
I have to admit however, that Mr. Ruth defeats me with his closing paragraph.
The Democrats are not concerned whether their clients lose their souls or not. They are more interested in getting their votes and their children’s future votes. The more kids they have the more votes they will eventually get.
Wait, what?!? If that was true, wouldn’t they be anti-abortion then? Let me see if I can break it down sentence by sentence and see what I am missing.
The Democrats are not concerned whether their clients lose their souls or not.
Good? The Democratic party is a political entity, not a religion. The United States is not a Christian nation. We do not have a Biblical government. The Democrats shouldn’t care about their members, voters, or “clients” imaginary ghost spirits anymore than they are concerned if their auras are out of wack or if the feng shui of their homes is out of alignment. (Do political parties have clients? Does he think Democratic field offices also provide abortion services?) Maybe the Republican party would find a more receptive audience for their fiscally conservative platform if they stopped worrying about their “client’s” souls? Pandering to members of a religion tends to turn off those who are not members of that religion. As much as the GOP would love to pretend “Christianity” is one monolithic religion, it is really a diverse collection of sects, all with contradictory beliefs. Some Christians are pro-choice. Some Christians are for LGBTQ rights. Wait, they aren’t real Christians? Maybe you aren’t the real Christian. How about we just stop trying to force others to follow our religious beliefs? Just an idea.
They are more interested in getting their votes and their children’s future votes.
That’s a bad thing? Once again, I would hope a political party cares more about votes than religion. *shrug*
The more kids they have the more votes they will eventually get.
Nope. Even sentence by sentence, my head explodes at this point. Did Mr. Ruth write a different letter raging against the Quiverfull movement and somehow edit them together? Can someone explain this to me?
While we’re on the subject of Altoona Mirror anti-abortion letters, I give you one from Arnie Calaba:
My question/writing here is “How can we, as one nation under God, our United States, expect to prosper/have blessings when we are destroying our little ones in the womb by abortion?”
1954. That’s when “one nation under God” was added. That’s all for now, because that is a nonsensical question, along the lines of “How can we, as one town infested with unicorns, expect to prosper when we insist on locking gnomes into their hovels at night?”
There are so many telling signs of the downward, slippery slope we are on as a nation. Our economy’s $19 trillion deficit and so much bickering and upheaval in Washington, D.C.
Wait. That’s not “so many.” That is two. Both caused by pro-life Republicans, I might add.
How can we stand by and allow Planned Parenthood to sell aborted baby parts (lungs, brains, etc.) for a profit?
Lying is a sin. If you would have written this letter the day those deceptively edited videos came out, I would give you the benefit of the doubt. But it is March. Everyone who cares about the facts knows that those videos were cut to make it appear the Planned Parenthood representatives were saying things that they were not. All you had to do to prove that fact is watch the uncut videos. Add to that the investigations launched by various states into Planned Parenthood’s practices, all of which cleared the organization from any wrong-doing.
The Bible doesn’t say “the ends justify the means.” I’m sorry. No matter how badly you feel it should, it doesn’t. Lying is still a sin.
And you are a liar.
How can we remain a United States, one nation under God, if abortion – the destruction of “little ones” in the womb continues?
I’ll give you this Arnie, repeating the nonsensical question you opened with to close is better than whatever the fuck type of closing Mr. Ruth went with.
You’re still a liar.
(Edited to fix
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