Terrorism, In Brown and White

Two weeks ago, Paris was rocked with a number of coordinated terrorist attacks by ISIS fighters. Two days ago, a “lone wolf” engaged in a prolonged shootout with police in a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. While the former has been roundly condemned by almost all Americans as nihilistic barbarians, regardless of their political orientation, the latter is seen very differently, depending on how you feel about abortion.Some on the right like Carly Fiorina have been “Not All Pro-Lifers” while others like Donald Trump have simply dismissed the shooter as some random maniac who in no way represents mainstream conservative opinion on anything:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/11/29/gop-candidates-condemn-planned-parenthood-shooting-but-dismiss-link-to-antiabortion-rhetoric/

The Friendly Atheist has compiled a bunch of tweets from users celebrating the shootings:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/11/28/pro-lifers-take-to-twitter-to-praise-planned-parenthood-shooter/

Clearly, terrorism isn’t terrorism when it’s being used by a cause one approves of.

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Give Your Daughters to Sex Offender and Win an Award

Do you remember an incident that occurred some months ago in which Justin Harris, a “Christian” state representative from Arkansas, gave his adopted daughters to a sex offender who ended up abusing one of the girls? Well, he’s back and he’s getting an award!

http://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2015/08/12/family-council-to-present-courage-award-to-rep-justin-harris-at-ted-cruz-event-today

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On the Benedict Option

Note: This is an edited and expanded version of a comment I left on Ed Brayton’s Dispatches from the Culture Wars blog.

If you’ve read Rod Dreher for any length of time, you’ll know that he’s been harping on the idea of a “Benedict Option,” conservative Christians withdrawing from society and building their own communities where they can teach their children that homosexuality is a sin and Adam and Eve rode dinosaurs in the Garden of Eden. Damon Linker has written a long idea on the concept in “This Week”:

http://theweek.com/articles/555734/benedict-option-why-religious-right-considering-allout-withdrawal-from-politics

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About the Upcoming Manhattan Declaration 2.0

While same-sex marriage in all fifty states may appear to be a foregone conclusion, a group of what this article calls “a high-profile alliance of conservative Catholics and evangelical Protestants” is convening to issue a new call to arms against what they consider to be a “graver threat” than divorce and cohabitation:

http://www.religionnews.com/2015/01/28/top-catholics-evangelicals-gay-marriage-worse-divorce-cohabitation/

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Final Thoughts on the Culture of Life (for now)

For the last week or so, I’ve tried to explain why the “culture of life” ideology is not particularly conducive to building a society that encouraging human flourishing. My basic stance is that banning contraception and/or abortion does not lead to a culture that values human life, but one that simply values giving birth for the sake of giving birth. Banning abortion does not reduce the actual rates of abortion, but merely drives it underground:

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