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Sophist's Choice

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 25, 2005

Dawn Eden has an interesting post on those leisured but deeply committed ministers who serve as chaplains for Planned Parenthood -- a position equivalent to the job of Chief Rabbi for the Waffen SS. In the article cited, United Methodist minister and national PP chaplain Ignacio Castuera tries his hand at moral theology:

Take a single parent, mother of four with limited means, posed national chaplain Castuera. Say the pill failed. Or the condom broke. "Is a fetus valuable? Yes, of course it is," Castuera said. "Is the fetus as valuable as a mother with four children?" What if she can’t afford another child?

Good question, Reverend. So take it one step further. Suppose a single mother, having four children in her family, can only afford three? Is she permitted to kill one of her offspring as an economy measure? If so, who decides which of the four gets the chop, and on what basis? If not, how do you continue to justify her prerogative to eliminate Fetus Number Five?

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 25, 2005 5:33 PM ET USA

    Sinners love justification -- and company. Di, such outrageous spiritual pantomime is far worse than the rogues' gallery of photos you posted last week. As quasi-ministers of the Gospel, these reptiles insinuate their perversion of the truth onto the most vulnerable of souls -- souls in crisis.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 25, 2005 11:42 AM ET USA

    Are we missing sometning? If she is a 'single parent' and she gets pregnant... I know is politcally incorrect to suggest that she might take control of her body and not put herself in an immoral position where her 'pill failed' and 'condom broke.' There is a much better *choice* for her to make that will not destroy her dignity and sense of self worth. Isn't it in the job desctription of a Minister to identify ALL the choices and their consequences?

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Jul. 25, 2005 10:00 AM ET USA

    One can only admire the Rev. Castuera's extreme humaneness in regards to "the fetus." Where else but among these highly senstive progressive types would such a sensitivity of language be employed to describe a human child within his or her mother's womb, the flesh of her flesh, soul in place, and young body and mind safely developing? No wonder that they bend over backwards to promote such life-enhancing causes as the "marriage" between two men who worship each other's nether regions.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 25, 2005 9:10 AM ET USA

    Instead of killing one of her own children, she should probably just hack up the rich man down the street and take his money. Applying the proper liberal Democrat calculus, the rich man's life is less valuable than that of her poor children.

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