The sixth deadly sin is named by the Church acedia or sloth. In the world it calls itself tolerance; but in hell it is called despair. It is the accomplice of the other sins and their worst punishment. It is the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, loves nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive only because there is nothing it would die for. We have known it far too well for many years. The only thing perhaps that we have not known about it is that it is a mortal sin. … (Dorothy Sayers, “The Other Six Deadly Sins,” Letters to a Diminished Church, 103)
Day: 17 January 2007
What To Do on Jan. 22?
Well, if you’re at the Ohio State University, you can go to a Roe vs. Wade party, sponsored by, you guessed it!, “Voices for Planned [Childlessness].” (You know, I tried, but I just can’t call it “parenthood.”)
Or you could buy this video for only $89.
Or you could “celebrate Roe vs. Wade” with The Wrens and Takka Takka.
I wonder if they’d let me in with my “Abortion is Homicide” shirt…?
Apparently, these Jewish rabbis will be there.
So will the Democrats.
But what can I not find? Anything that pro-life people are doing in St. Louis, other than a Mass at the Cathedral Basilica. Perhaps the only appropriate response is silence.
Improving the Baptist Image
With the help of former President Carter, Baptists who have distanced themselves from the conservative Southern Baptist Convention announced plans Tuesday for a major meeting that aims to improve the Baptist image and broaden its agenda.
Carter, who left the Southern Baptists in 2000 after the denomination came under conservative control, and former President Bill Clinton, also a Baptist, joined leaders of about 40 Baptist groups in making the announcement at The Carter Center.
Ha! Ha! Ha! oh…they’re not joking…
“A Killing Field”
Apparently Ghana is pre-1973 America. Compare: [The headline:] “Thousands of women in Ghana are seeking dangerous, illegal abortions every year with many ending in death or disability.” With this: [from the article:] “Ignorance and greed are the main reasons illegal abortion thrives, he said. No-one knows the exact figures. Statistics are rare in Ghana.” Oh really? Then where did the article get the statistic in the headline? But the BBC can’t help but give us the real reason behind “so many” illegal abortions: “The criminalisation of abortion along with traditional values, social perceptions and religious teachings have created a crisis in Ghana.” Yeah, that’s what I would have guessed.
What’s the substance of the article? Emotional appeals to the plight of women who performed abortions on themselves. They do know how babies are made, don’t they? But oh no, no, we can’t tell them not to have sex! That’s a fundamental human right! Just like abortion.
Ah, but who’s the sympathetic voice they get for their story? “Gynaecologist Dr Joe Taylor – an advisor on reproductive health to the government – often treats women after botched abortions.” He says,
“I’ve seen many, many, women dying and what is most tragic is that those who don’t die suffer disabilities that are life-long and painful,” he said.
“Abortion is carried out in this clandestine and dangerous way because most people perceive it to be criminal and illegal.”
You can be sure that this guy cares about the women, right? Well…
“I often say the female pelvis is a goldmine. And if you’re a miner you can make big money,” Dr Taylor concluded.
My thoughts exactly. What a guy.
And across most of Africa, where it has been estimated that four million females a year undergo unsafe abortions, 30,000 of them die as a result.
One expert has called abortion “a killing field”.
What an appropriate description. Though not, I suspect, in the way that the “expert” meant it.
You know how it goes: you’re just sitting in your hotel room, minding your own business, and your cell phone sets you ablaze. I mean, really, what’s a guy supposed to do?
But then, there’s more than one reason why nylon and polyester should not be used for men’s clothing.