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  Posted 10 February 2019 - 04:55 PM

The Moral Idiocy of Our Times

Bruce Thornton
February 7, 2019


One of the foundational myths of modernity holds that the progress of scientific knowledge and technology has been accompanied by moral progress. As wealth and knowledge increase, the old impediments to moral improvement such as poverty, religious superstition, and ignorance are being swept away, resulting in a kinder, gentler, and more pacific human nature.

Last week we were presented with evidence that this argument is woefully mistaken. In New York a bill was passed that removed restrictions on late-term abortions, allowing infants viable outside the womb to be killed "at any time" to protect the mother's life or "health." Worse yet, this regression into primitive custom was met with celebratory cheers and a standing ovation by the "lawmakers" who had approved it. In Virginia a similar law was proposed but rejected. It had been defended by Del. Kathy Tran and Gov. Ralph Northam (pictured above). They admitted that a baby could be killed even after the mother went into labor, or after delivery. Tran, by the way, on the same day as she introduced the bill to liberalize late-term abortions, also introduced a bill to protect gypsy moths and cankerworms.

In other words, infanticide, once a practice of savage and barbaric cultures like cannibalism, incest, and human sacrifice, has now been legalized by the culture that boasts of its moral progress and superiority. But this legislation is not just a return to ancient brutality, but a species of moral idiocy much worse than the savagery of the past.

Abortion and infanticide in the past had practical and religious purposes. Tribal bands aborted the unborn or killed the newly born, usually females, as a means of controlling their numbers to avoid overstressing their resources. The militarist Spartans killed infants deemed inferior in order to protect the strength of warriors. Several cultures sacrificed children in order to propitiate the gods. The ancient Phoenicians burned children, usually infants, as offerings to Baal or Moloch. The Aztecs cut the hearts out of children as offerings to the rain god Tlaloc; the tears of the parents and children were considered signs that the god would reward the people with abundant rain. The Incans also killed children to commemorate the death of a ruler, or to propitiate the gods during calamities like famines.

As horrific as such practices were, they made religious sense to the peoples who performed them. In their spiritual darkness they thought such barbarity pleased the gods and ensured their favor, since an infant or child was the purest and most valuable gift one could offer. Nor is there evidence that the ancients ever stooped to our ghastly crimes, like the charnel-house butchery of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, or the peddling of baby organs by government-subsidized Planned Parenthood abortion mills.

But to what god are we, who fancy ourselves morally superior and products of reason and science, legalizing the sacrifice of a baby able to live outside the womb at 22 weeks? Very few late-term abortions are performed to save the mother's life, or because of the infant's severe deformity. The protection of the woman's "health" is vitiated by the inclusion of "mental health," which often involves subjective and vague interpretations of moods and emotional states. The justification based on protecting the mother is a red herring.

In fact, for the supporters of no-limit abortions, the god is "choice," the right of a woman to be free to make decisions regarding her life, even at the cost of another life. But this "choice" seems to be a strange deity, one that is indifferent to the non-negotiable corollary of choice –– responsibility for one's freely chosen behavior and its consequences. True freedom cannot exist without people taking responsibility, and holding themselves accountable, for their choices. To sacrifice a human life––and scientifically, a person at any stage of development is still a human being––in order to avoid the consequences of one's careless choice and to serve one's own convenience, is moral idiocy.

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 05:43 PM

This is just one example of how morally bankrupt we have become.

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 05:34 PM

I believe the beginning of our end was two incidents in our history.
One, removing prayer in schools.
Two, govt sponsored/paid abortions.

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 07:43 AM

View PostUSMCforever60, on 11 February 2019 - 05:34 PM, said:

I believe the beginning of our end was two incidents in our history.
One, removing prayer in schools.
Two, govt sponsored/paid abortions.

The Atheists are running the asylum..

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