Thursday, February 19, 2009

Pope Tells Pelosi to Quit Killing Babies

When I hear of someone who is a "Roman Catholic who supports abortion rights,"I get this warm, fuzzy feeling on the inside. Catholics, I think, get a really bum rap, mostly due to the fact that some Catholics are total dipshits. These dipshit Catholics seem to be a lot louder than the rest of them/us (I never know whether or not to include myself since I'm obviously hella lapsed) and make it look like they're/we're all a bunch of dipshits. Not so.

The beauty of Catholicism is that there's a lot of leg room, really. I've got plenty of stories of devout Catholics who don't take the whole Catholic thing too seriously (like the priest who once told my dad that whether or not Jesus actually existed was irrelevant and what mattered was the message). I mean, why not just be yourself when you can just go to confession? Purgatory can't be worse than this stupid life, right? And really, there's no reason to let your belief in God get in the way of logic. Except that lots of people do it. Anyway...

The point is, Pope Nazipants the Dickth told Nancy Pelosi that Catholics in public office should be defending the lives of all those poor little fetuses, and she was all "I'm honoured to meet you, but you can fuck yourself on that one, dickwad*." And that's pretty dope of her. Thanks, Pelosi.

In other news, here's the ONLY quote in the bible that even hints at the idea of life beginning at conception (Exodus 21:22):
If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.
It's fair, I think, to look at the New International Version of this passage, just so it makes a little more sense:
If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman's husband demands and the court allows.
So yeah, you're kicking some dude's ass, and you somehow kick his wife's ass, and she was pregnant but now she's not thanks to you, but she's still totally fine, but you still have to pay her husband whatever he wants, so abortion is wrong. Did I follow that correctly?

I think most people would agree that causing someone to miscarry in an act of violence (I'm looking at you, Rhett Butler) is different from voluntarily getting the big A. Either way, though, I'm inclined to just disregard the whole thing. I mean, just after the verse we just read, we've got Exodus 22:24, which says:
Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot
Sound familiar? If you went to Catholic school like I did, it sure as hell will. This is the famous guiding Old Testament principle that Jesus did away with in his sermon on the mount. Observe Matthew 5:38-39:
Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
So they don't really have a good case for the whole anti-abortion thing there. Of course they do also make the claim that Jesus' life began with the announcement of his conception and therefore all of our lives do the same, but that logic is so flawed I don't know where to begin. First of all, if you're going to insist on believing that that whole thing with God knocking up a virgin really happened, you can easily make the jump to saying it's a special case. I mean, we're not all the spawn of a most holy union between God and woman. We're just douchebags made out of regular old sperm. And while a super-human God baby would obviously have to be born, the rest of us are kind of dispensable. And really, I think whether or not a fetus is a baby is primarily dependent on whether or not whomever it's stuck in plans on giving birth to it. I do, however, think it's fair on the part of Christians to believe that life starts at conception. I just don't think it's fair for them to try to force it on the rest of us. It's a grey area at best, guys, so chill.

Oh, and Pope Nazipants, WTFWJD?

*Not a direct quote.


Fnarf said...

Fantastic blog!

The Catholic position on abortion is entirely based on an old understanding of conception that sounds laughable today when spelled out. The prelates who made abortion illegal believed that a man's seed was just that, a seed, a self-sufficient mini-person that would grow into a full-sized person all by itself as long as it had somewhere warm to incubate. Which is what women are for. Eggs? Never heard of 'em. So the woman is just sort of taking care of the little fella until he can go out on his own.

That's why it's a crime to "spill your seed on the ground", i.e., masturbate (if you're a man) -- those are little people you're flushing away there. Women masturbating? That's called "hysteria", and it's never been a sin, even for the priest to, uh, help her along -- hysterical women were often frigged by priests or doctors to drive the madness out.

Needless to say, we have a somewhat different understanding of conception today. Well, some of us do; others (like the old Prada-wearing queen in the Vatican, or various flavors of science-hating Evangelicals) are still stuck think woman is just a vessel.

Fnarf said...

thinkING, dammit. Sorry.

Joble said...
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Joble said...

Catholicism used to just allow sin on a pay-per-penance basis didn't it? So are they just pissed that they're not getting any commission on that action?

It was form of aristocratic extortion, tithing for people who didn't have to tithe that much (because they had loads of money... makes sense...) but spent all their money on debauchery & debauched accessories.

Studying the Marquis De Sade, apparently the only thing about him more scandalous than any other arristocrat was he refused to pay his dues to appease his outraged contemporaries in the court and church in words or money.

Also, this is totally a comment that has something to do with abortion... yeah...

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