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Dave Chappelle Pushes the Antithesis on Abortion

by James Silberman Read Profile arrow_right_alt

The presuppositional method of Christian apologetics entails the emphasizing of the antithesis between Christian and non-Christian worldviews for the purpose of showing the stark differences between them, specifically regarding the differences in the ability of each worldview to coherently account for the laws of logic and morality. By the presuppositional method, Christianity is shown to be the only alternative to intellectual nihilism: you can choose Christ whom you have sufficient knowledge of as a consequence of being an image-bearer or you can choose absurdity – the breakdown of all predication.

In his recently debuting Netflix special Sticks and Stones, Dave Chappelle brilliantly exposed and pushed the antithesis between the pro- and anti-abortion positions; exposing the stark contrast between them, making plain to everyone watching the obvious morally correct and morally incorrect positions on the matter, and putting it to the audience to choose between them.

Chappelle begins by laying out “his position” on abortion: “The right to choose [abortion] is [women’s] unequivocal right. Not only do I believe they have the right to choose [abortion], I believe that they shouldn’t have to consult anybody except for a physician about how they exercise that right. Gentlemen, that is fair.”

Here, Chappelle turns the scene drastically.

“And ladies, to be fair to us, I also believe that if you decide to have the baby, a man should not have to pay. That’s fair. If you can kill this motherf*****, I can at least abandon him. It’s my money my choice.”

The curtain of pro-choice platitudes has been pulled back and the truth revealed. Abortion is murder, and further, it’s the severing of the familial ties that bind mother and child, father and child, and mother and father. As opposed to the typical abortion supporter who suppresses the easily perceived and horrendous truth of abortion, Chappelle embraces it so honestly and whole-heartedly that one could be forgiven for thinking the whole bit is a dark satire of the pro-legal abortion position. His next two lines bring home that it almost certainly is.

“And if I’m wrong, then perhaps we’re wrong. So figure that sh*t out for yourselves.”

If Chappelle is wrong in his support for fathers being able abandon their children (a rhetorical suggestion – he obviously is), he explains that maybe supporters of legal abortion generally are wrong in holding that it’s acceptable to murder them. Whatever his position on the legality of abortion has been and remains, Chappelle clearly believes abortion is a moral atrocity exceeding that even of child abandonment, even if he still nihilistically supports it. For all of its tragedy and depravity, nihilism is good comedy.

To the supporter of legal abortion and to the fence-sitter, you have an enormous and easily understood antithesis before you: You can cease to suppress the truth that you know regarding abortion’s objective moral status as murder, or you can continue that suppression and along with defending murder, defend the total breakdown of the bonds that tie us together. Choose life and the abolition of abortion or choose moral absurdity.

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