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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Let's Call a Spayed a Spayed

I'm sick of being called a fascist. Anyone else who is tired of being called a fascist merely for having opinions that differ with those of the far left, raise your hands. OK, now you're in the stick-em-up pose they prefer from you.

What really gets me about the word fascist is that it is so widely used that it's come to be taken for assumed truth. Someone who opposes abortion: A, is trying to push his religion on others. (Women are presumed to be pro-"choice"); B, must be a fundamentalist who thinks women should be barefoot and pregnant and that believing in evolution should be a jailable crime; C, therefore is a fascist and is consequently guilty of killing 20 million Jews in the Holocaust.

But if you examine these "truths" that are so widely taken for granted as common knowledge, what you find is that the examination does not uphold the statement. In fact, quite the opposite.

First, let us examine the idea that abortion is a religious issue. Yes, it is true that my Church teaches that abortion is a sin. It also teaches that intentionally abusing the earth is a sin, and shoplifting is a sin. Nobody would ever accuse me of being a fascist for recycling. That is, I suppose, because recycling is something that most people who throw around the word fascist approve of. You're only a fascist if they disagree with you.

Let's move on to the stereotypes of Fundamentalists. I will be honest, I have some theological differences with many of the denominations (and nondenominations) that would typically be called "Fundamentalist." But these theological differences should never be confused with an idea that I think Fundamentalists are stupid, backward, or afraid of science or education. Some are. Some Catholics are, too. So are a lot of Atheists. The truth is that a stereotype is just a stereotype... and something I would think the so-called left ought to be ashamed of engaging in. Would these liberals be proud to stereotype black people as eating nothing but collard greens and watermelon? Would they approve of spreading the image of the Native American as a savage scalping warrior who kills any white man he can find? How about the telling of "fag" jokes? If they find such things abhorrent, then they should also examine their bigotry against those who have religious convictions different from their own.

Finally, let's move on to the real issue, the one that all the others are leading up to: fascism. Are pro-life people fascists? The reality that any truly logical person must face is that you cannot answer that question without first learning the definition of the word fascism. To call someone something without knowing what that something means would be, in a word, dumb.

Dictionary.com defines fascism as follows:

a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.


Evidently those who support abortion stop at the word dictator and refuse to read farther. They've decided that anyone who opposes abortion supports a dictatorship. Fingers go in ears. Nanana, they're not listening anymore, nanananana...

But do read the rest of the definition. Let's look at the part about forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, for example. It is the abortion industry that has repeatedly attempted to suppress not only opposition and criticism, but even knowledge. They have opposed the right of a woman to have a sonogram before deciding whether to have an abortion. They have opposed bills that would require clinics to tell mothers the stage of their babies' development. They have opposed the rights of those who disagree to peacefully assemble. It sounds like it is the pro-abortion movement that wishes to forcibly suppress opposition and criticism.

But surely the regimentation of industry is an anti-abortion tactic, right?

Think again. The pro-abortion lobby has pushed through laws that forbid -- yes, forbid religious groups to practice their faith if it does not support abortion. State after state, under pro-abortion pressure, is requiring Catholic employers to provide insurance that covers abortion and contraception. State after state is passing laws, again under pro-abortion pressure, to require pharmacists to dispense abortifacients, even if such dispensing brings about automatic excommunication from their Church.

Wow. It's the pro-abortion side that's working at the regimentation of industry, too.

And, as it happens, it is the pro-abortion side that has had pro-life people arrested for racketeering, merely for peacefully protesting. It is the pro-abortion side that constantly cites freedom, choice, and equal rights to show that supporting abortion is the only American thing to do.

Did I mention that the majority of abortions are committed upon minorities? Did I mention that Margaret Sanger, the founder of the organization that performs the largest number of abortions in the United States (Planned Parenthood) planned it that way? To quote: "The campaign for birth control is not merely of eugenic value, but is practically identical with the final aims of eugenics."

Let me repeat the Dictionary.com definition of fascism:
a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.


The Pro-Abortion camp forcibly suppresses opposition and criticism, seeks to regiment all industry and commerce, emphasizes aggressive nationalistic values, and promotes the extermination of minority people.

There's only one question left to ask: Who's the fascist?

Ping to Samantha Burns.