Monday, February 13, 2012

slavery of conscience

suppose a hypothetical, if you will... let us suppose a situation where you, personally, were required to kill a stranger, but you were morally opposed to murder... consider each point of the following, and decide if you agree to commit the murder or do you oppose the murder.

  1. The government mandates that you murder a stranger.
  2. You may hire someone to do this for you, and the government will reimburse their cost.
  3. You must purchase the weapon, and the government will reimburse its cost.
  4. You must document the stranger's family names, ages, and addresses, providing them to the government.
  5. You must provide for any healthcare associated with the murder (i.e. incidental harm to a family member).
  6. You must provide this murder "service" on demand.
  7. You can only murder children.
  8. Only the mother of the targeted child may request the murder.
  9. The child must be in the mother's womb; unborn.
unless you are a sociopath, you look at #1 with disgust... you (hopefully) would refuse to murder a stranger.

maybe #2 will give you some moral reprieve, but it is still the same murder as in #1... only you are allowed to have a gun-for-hire do the wet-work.

at least with #3, the cost of murder is subsidized.. but it is still murder.

for me, #4 is macabre... it was much better when you didn't have to know anything about them... now, you know the family which is left behind.

just in case a family member is injured during the murder, #5 leaves you being responsible for their care... so, you have some responsibility in all this bloodshed... does your finances now affect you being able to murder someone?... or is it still just a murder?

with #6, now you have to murder someone whenever you are told to... at what point has this crossed from being "just a murder" and turned into a slaughter?

wouldn't you just flatly refuse #7?... there are those who can rationalize the murder of some, but could you murder children?

suddenly #8 turns homicide to infanticide... are you really willing to assist a mother in the murder of her own child?

and #9... suddenly, this is okay... this isn't murder; it's abortion... a moment ago, we were abhorrent in the thought of being forced to assist a mother in killing her child... but now, we're okay with it... now, we don't understand what the fuss of the first eight propositions was all about.

of course it's okay to murder a stranger; if it's abortion.
of course it's okay to hire a murderer; if it's an abortion doctor.
of course it's okay to buy tools of killing; if it's to abort a child.
it's only polite to know the family; after all, you're aborting their child.
of course you take care of the mother; it was in her womb that you murdered her child.
of course you provide this on demand; it's the mother's choice, not the aborted child's.
of course you can murder children; if they haven't been born.

the same people who were against murder in the first place are the ones who cheer for it now... they can't understand that when someone is against murder from the start, they are against murder to the end.

Three points. As Paul Ryan said to you, this is an account gimmick that they've done that in no way hems the complicity of Catholic institutions and individuals in delivering services they consider morally abhorrent.

Second. You asked the question, 'How did this come about?' George, this is what liberalism looks like. This is what the progressive state does. It tries to break all the institutions of civil society, all the institutions that mediate between the individual and the state. They have to break them to the saddle of the state.

Third. The Catholic Bishops, it serves them right. They're the ones who were really hot for Obamacare, with a few exceptions. But they were all in favor of this. And this is what it looks like when the government decides it's going to make your healthcare choices for you.
- George Will, ABC's This Week, 2/12/2012

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