As the title of the thread suggests, this is going to be essentially a diatribe in its form. If someone disagrees, please speak up and say something (I promise to be as irenic as possible after this first post! I'm using the tone I am going to use in this post mostly for rhetorical reasons, and not because the passions are leading me around by the nose). If you are easily offended or find the abortion debate to be a "touchy" topic for you, I suggest you avoid reading this post.
I find the American "Christian" position on abortion hypocritical and sickening. The majority of Christians would identify themselves as "pro-life," but I must question how firmly they hold to the pro-life position. One thing that makes me question them is that a self-identified pro-lifer will vote for people who openly and fully support abortion for anyone who wants one. How exactly does a supposed pro-lifer vote for someone who supports something like partial-birth abortion anyway? If you say that the entity within a mother is alive, a baby, how in the world can you support someone who thinks it ok to murder the child?
Some might say "well, you can't just base things on one issue". What a bunch of tripe! What are you saying? That you will condone murder if it gets you tax breaks and better roads? (why does "Crime and Punishment" suddenly come to mind?) The single biggest issue should be "why have we murdered tens of millions of our own citizens, and why are we so apathetic in the face of their deaths?" Why do we fall into shock when a few thousand die in a terrorist attack, but hardly raise a word concerning the millions that have been killed by our own neighbors? And yet we vote for people who support this kind of attack?
Imagine a 9/11 every single day. It already happens, we hide it behind the now-too-familiar word "abortion." It's not even enough to say that you are "pro-life" anymore, because what does that mean? How many people say that and then turn around and define that term thusly: "I'm personally against it, I think it's wrong, though I won't force my opinion on someone else." That's also a bunch of tripe. We force our morality on people every day. Civil law by definition is an enforcement of morality (though of course their remains a sharp distinction between the concepts of crime and sin). Think it's wrong to exploit children in child pornography? Think it's wrong to put a puppy in a bag and beat it to death? Think people should be prosecuted for such things? (I certainly do). Then you're "forcing your morality" (or society or the culture as a whole is forcing it's morality) onto others, whether you like to think of it that way or not.
And what else is wrong with this whole picture in America? The more I read Chrysostom, the more I am struck by his bold stance against some of the "entertainment" going on during his time. In one of his homilies he basically says that if you admit that something is wrong, it's much worse for people to imitate it! Who does Chrysostom blame? Us! We Christians who support such things are blamed (to a large extent). We Christians who go to such plays (=watch such TV shows) which condone evil acts like abortion, we who support such imitations of evil (if only be laughing and watching).
We're more angry at the guy who kills an abortionist than we are at the actual abortionist! I don't support going out and murdering anyone, mind you, but there is something dreadfully wrong with being angry over one death, and that of someone whose life work was murder, while ignoring the hundreds of murders of the man as though they didn't happen. And where's the calling out about the horrible things being done in so many countries under the guise of "family planning"? Teenage girls who are minors can have an abortion performed in some places without the parents or father even being notified. CA seems to be going towards making certain abortion techniques mandatory training for some doctors. What is going on here?
I agree on very little with the man, but I do respect Bob Enyart in one reaspect: he is boldly and publically pro-life. He routinely goes in front of "abortion mills" (as he calls them) and tries to turn the women away from murdering their children and tries to help them get the help they need. He also does "Abortionist home visits". On holidays and some other times he will go to an abortionists home with others and protest the man's house. But what about you and I? What do we do? When was the last all-night vigil we held for those babies being aborted and who had been aborted? When was the last prayer we said for them for that matter. Would we change our view (and prayer habits, and speech habits, and...) if it was infanticide instead of abortion? We condemn Herod, we voted in Clinton (as a nation.. and don't say "I didn't vote for him".. what is more important is what you did to try and block him from being elected, and then re-elected).