This week a Catholic blogger came out in support of Barack Obama despite the candidate’s position on abortion. More interesting to me than that a liberal blogger at the controversial Vox Nova would ignore the evil of abortion was a comment to the effect that Feminists would riot if Roe v. Wade were overturned. I had never thought of this. Here is digbydolben’s comment:
What often fascinates me about Americans is not just how divided your country is, but, also, how little certain elements of the population know other elements: obviously a great many people writing here have little or no knowledge of the millions of “feminists” presently living in America who consider the right to “control their reproductive systems” as a basic human right now.
I, however, have known many of this type of “modern woman” during my time in the United States, and I can tell you, “Father J,” that, if you succeeded in criminalizing abortion in certain states, or if you succeeded in passing an Amendment to the Constitution repealing Roe vs Wade, or if the Supreme Court were tipped by Republican appointments toward a reversal of Roe vs. Wade, these women would take to the streets; they’d burn your courthouses down, their feelings regarding this “right” are so strong.
When you move this issue out of the realm of personal morality, out of a realm where it might be considered a “social problem” that can be somewhat mitigated by education and financing of a greater opportunity to “choose life,” and into the realm of coercion by means of the ballot box or the courts, what you’re asking for in modern America is civil strife on a level unparalleled in your country since the Civil War.
That’s why I believe that deciding one’s vote for the Presidency in 2008 purely on the basis of this single issue is a profoundly unpatriotic thing for an American to do.
I replied in a piecemeal fashion there, let me give a more considered response here.
I am not sure I agree that a reversal on abortion in the US would result in the same violence as the Civil War, but even if it did, that might be justifiable. The Civil War as understood by President Lincoln and generations since as a kind of reparation for the injustice of slavery. Abortion is a far more heinous crime against humanity than slavery.
One ought to be familiar with one of America’s most important political speeches, Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address in which he said the following:
“Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.””
The mere preservation of property is not the highest value for a Catholic. The end of abortion would clearly be worth the burning of every American courthouse and more. If that were the cost, I would say “Let them burn!”
The reason for this strong stand is that the nature of abortion is fundamentally reprehensible, even more so than slavery. We can now save a child born weighing only 10.2 onces. But that same baby can be hacked to death at his mother’s pleasure. A drunk driver causes an accident resulting in a pregnant mother to lose her child and it is murder. If she were on her way to an abortion mill, she could have it chopped into bits or chemically incinerated while she watches TV, all for a wad of cash.
America is at odds with itself because we are an immoral nation. And reparation is a Catholic concept. So, if God were to will that every every drop of blood drawn by the abortionist should be paid by another drawn at a riot, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said today, “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
This may seem nuts to some:
I don’t usually say this about people outright, Father, but you sound a little nuts to me.
To the charge that I am nuts, let me respond (although it should not be necessary for a blogger to use ad hominems, it seems to be a perennial problem at Vox Nova).
I have never advocated violence, and never will. However, for the greater good, I would be willing to suffer violence. If that is nuts, then all the martyrs are nuts, especially those who gave their lives for nothing more than refusing to pinch some incense before a pagan statue.
The willingness to suffer violence for a greater good is at the very heart of the Gospel-–turn your cheek, better to lose an eye, better to be cast in the sea with a millstone, forgive them Father, etc.
If the price of ending abortion were riots, and courthouse burnings, that would be a terrible thing. The riots, however, would more likely result in Catholic Church burnings and the hunting down of pro-life Catholic priests. I am not predicting it, welcoming it, hoping for it or much less calling for it. But, I would be willing to suffer it, if God called me to it.
So, maybe I am nuts, as you say. If so, what are you willing to be nuts for, Michael?