WHAT TRUMP SAID:
“The baby is born. The mother meets with the doctor. They take care of the baby. They wrap the baby beautifully. And then the doctor and the mother determine whether or not they will execute the baby.”
I know this is a controversial topic and I am generally silent about it because I am not convinced anything I will say will have any influence. When it comes to abortion, most people’s minds are thoroughly made up.
I am a Christian. As a Christian I believe all life is sacred and humans do not have a right to take life. So I am against abortion as I am against euthanasia as I am against the death penalty, murder, war, poverty, bigotry, and anything that devalues anyone’s life. That places me in the same camp as many Christians, but I am not aligned with those we might call the “Christian Right” because I don’t believe solving the problem of abortion is criminalizing it. Any more than criminalizing alcohol made people stop drinking. And I am completely out of step with many other beliefs of the Christian Right.
The problem of abortion goes much deeper than the law. It goes to a society that is so constructed that it allows parents to believe their best interest is served by killing their children. The problem isn’t legal, it is systemic. The way to prevent abortions is to create a society that values life, and I believe that is what the gospel calls Christians to. In the Kingdom of God no one will be compelled to make the desperate choice between one’s own wellbeing and the life of one’s child.
That and a number of related views distances me from both the far right and the far left. I am not a doctrinaire Republican or Democrat. Nor am I a moderate. I reject the false dichotomy of American politics that aligns people with certain positions they may disagree with because perhaps they find certain positions of the “other side” repulsive. In my case, in most matters of justice and fair play I agree with the Democratic position, but my extremism runs in the vein of that third extremism Dr. King described in his Letter from Birmingham City Jail. I hope to be an extremist for love. On the issue of abortion, I am not aligned with either right or left.
Nevertheless, without defending either Democrats or abortion, I find it contemptible that the President of the United States stated publicly that Democrats are in favor of executing babies, and that almost no one in the mainstream press was willing to call him on this blatant falsehood. Many outlets didn’t even report it. It is shocking to me to have to even mention that no one in their right mind is in favor of executing babies. The fact that the President of the United States can make such an outrageous claim, and worse, to a rabid crowd who are happy to believe such an absurdity, is astonishing. And frightening.
Voltaire wrote, “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” He was referring to the baneful effects of religious fanaticism that plunged Europe into decades of fratricidal wars. But what drives that rabid crowd who place so much hope in Donald Trump they will abandon all morals, logic and principle to follow him than a kind of insane civic religion? Voltaire was right. Donald Trump’s presidency is an atrocity. It’s time for it to end.
What Trump Said “The baby is born. The mother meets with the doctor. They take care of the baby. They wrap the baby beautifully. And then the doctor and the mother determine whether or not they will execute the baby.” President Trump revived on Saturday night what is fast becoming a standard, and inaccurate, refrain about doctors “executing babies.”