Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Planned Parenthood

You know, my pastor is right when he suggests the things in the news tend to agitate us. I’m not sure how I ended up reading Planned Parenthood’s mission statement, but I did. This part of the statement absolutely infuriates me.
"Reproductive freedom—the fundamental right of every individual to decide freely and responsibly when and whether to have a child—is a reaffirmation of the principle of individual liberty cherished by most people worldwide. It helps ensure that children will be wanted and loved, that families will be strong and secure, and that choice rather than chance will guide the future of humanity."
I guess I shouldn’t really even be surprised anymore when humanism as a religion is so prevalent in our culture. And I’m sorry, but anyone who denies that humanism IS a religion has simply missed the boat. Dictionary.com’s 4th definition of religion is “A cause, principle, or activity pursued with zeal or conscientious devotion.” Humanism is definitely a cause; their cause is themselves, and they most definitely pursue it with zeal (at least some of them, but any religion has more and less dedicated adherents). This dialog they spew forth about not being a worldview and being inclusive is a lie. They aren’t after tolerance, or inclusiveness, all they are after is having their worldview exalted to the position of being a state sponsored religion.

The reason for seeing humanism in Planned Parenthood’s mission statement is simple. The statement about “choice rather than chance” guiding our future presupposes that humanism, and even more specifically, Darwinism is true. If humans don’t bring order to our world, then everything is just chance. The presuppositions have already determined the answer to the question. Planned Parenthood has presupposed that Christianity is not true, and henceforth it can have nothing to say about abortion. The ironic and rather interesting thing about this is that they then need Christianity to define all their high-sounding terms in the rest of the statement. May I ask what love means to Planned Parenthood? It can’t be the Christian’s definition of love because that has already been presupposed to be false. Humanism isn’t going to help it much either as it can’t even figure out why man exists in the first place much less what love between humans should mean. So essentially, we have a rather pious sounding statement about all children being wanted and loved that has no meaning. And what is “the principle of individual liberty cherished by most people worldwide?” Our founding fathers, coming from a Christian background, could talk about real liberty because they had a God who was higher and had revealed laws that gave man liberty without reducing society to anarchy. Do the Chinese have a concept of individual liberty that is cherished, or how about Sadaam? It seems that they really want to borrow from Christianity again. Lastly, why should we care about having families that are strong and secure? This is blatantly a Christian idea again. Christians desire strong and secure families because they provide protection from so much and they are a God-given means to raise up the next generation.

I propose that Planned Parenthood’s mission statement be rewritten as the following:
Reproductive freedom—our deep felt desire that we be able to live irresponsibly, outside of our means, and without consequences for our choices—is a reaffirmation of the pleasure seeking life so desired by most people worldwide. It helps ensure that all children will be born when it is most convenient for us, and we irrationally hope that our choices won’t land the human race in ruin.
Doesn’t have the same high sounding effect does it?


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