Anyone who has or who has had small children knows how this
game works: the child tells an obvious lie, then when questioned on it, panics
and tells an even bigger lie to try to cover.
But the cover is usually more absurd than the original tale, and the kid
has to tell another lie in an effort to salvage the situation. An adept and adroit parent can find a great
deal of enjoyment out of making their dishonest children writhe and wallow in
their own web of deceit before it eventually collapses all around them.
I can’t help but come to the conclusion that those in our
culture who choose open rebellion to God’s moral order have unwittingly found
themselves playing the role of these lying children. Stop and consider:
While it’s been a standard argument (admittedly an uber-dumb
one) for some time that “men should not speak to the morality or immorality of
abortion since they don’t have a uterus,” that pellet of cultural wisdom has
resurfaced often in the recent furor over abortion laws in Georgia and
Again, the idea that men can’t speak to the human rights
violation of abortion since they lack child-bearing ability is as logical as
the idea that women shouldn’t have spoken to the human rights violation of
slavery since they didn’t have fields they had to harvest. It’s silly.
But no one actually has to argue against that silliness
anymore because the people speaking it are now happily undermining it
themselves. These are the same voices,
generally speaking, that will also tell you that it is the height of
intolerance to prevent a man (who lacks that uterus, remember) from entering a
woman’s sprint or weightlifting competition.
But it’s fair to ask, isn’t it, that if I’m allowed to set
the Women’s 100 M Dash world record without a uterus, why can’t I speak against
killing children for convenience?
But then again, if the uterus is not necessary for
participation in women’s sporting events, perhaps I should ask why we even have
women’s sporting events?
Don’t get me wrong, women should still be allowed to play
(even though “women” is just a social construct based on presupposed norms and
heteronormative expectation – I’m pretty good with this meaningless language,
aren’t I?) all the same sports. They
should just be entering the same competitions as men since there are, after
all, no distinctions between the sexes. Well,
other than the distinction that means only women can discuss the human rights
issues of abortion.
This is what I mean: lie after lie after lie. And the whole web is disintegrating around
those telling them. The only question is
whether we’ll be honest enough as a culture to acknowledge it.