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On Alyssa Milano: Support Good Ideas, Even if the Person Spreading Them Is Being Inconsistent

by James Silberman Read Profile arrow_right_alt

One of the unfortunate upshots of a tribalized society is that everything becomes part of the political game where people’s chief concern is scoring political points for his or her team. Scoring political points isn’t inherently bad, of course. We should strive to be persuasive and hone our communicative crafts. But political points are a means to an end, not an end in themselves.

Alyssa Milano called for an abstinence movement. That’s amazing. Think about the implications of that if she’s able to pull it off. Less sin that distances people from God, less STD spread, less single parenthood, less broken hearts, less abortion (which still would be common practice under a heartbeat bill)… the list goes on.

We could easily use this to expose how inconsistent abstinence is given all the awful things Milano has supported, of which there is no shortage. We could easily dunk on her on Twitter, bragging that we tricked her into saying something conservative. On the other hand, we could celebrate that someone with 5.1 million followers between Facebook and Twitter promoted abstaining from recreational, premarital sex because that’s an awesome thing to promote.

Abolishing abortion is presently the greatest good which is politically achievable. If it had no other consequence, it would be a joyous and praiseworthy accomplishment. But it has other awesome effects.

Abortion is the glue holding the failing sexual revolution together. Without the safety net of abortion, people will have strong incentive to be sexually moral. Milano is doing exactly what we should be doing. She’s calling for the type of morality that should result from abortion being outlawed.

Her motives for doing so certainly aren’t pure, but the message is. Someone who advocates evil things – like Milano advocating for abortion, transgenderism, socialism, etcetera – obviously shouldn’t be held in high regard. That doesn’t mean we push back when she says something great. Instead of mocking her for political points and retweets, let’s join her in explaining to people that, “We have the power of choice before pregnancy,” albeit with the right motivations and the Holy Spirit going before us.

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