Monday, May 4, 2009

A Response to Progressive Critics of Torture


All of you commenters here who keep bringing up torture [abortion] and going on and on about it:

You all are such simplistic one-issue voters on this torture [abortion] issue. You're in such lockstep with the Vatican and the hierarchy that it's clear you have abandoned free thinking entirely.

I’m personally opposed to torture [abortion], but I don’t think I could ever impose that view on somebody else.

I’d rather see us have a President who works to reduce the need for torture [abortion]. We need to get at the deeper issues here – it’s not just as black and white as you religious-types always say. We should work with torturers [abortion providers] to support them, not criminalize them.

Your belief that torture [abortion] is “wrong” is just that – a religious belief. Well, what about all of the people who don’t share that belief? We live in a diverse, pluralistic society. Get with the program.

How can you take what is a matter of faith for you and impose it upon another person who might not share that faith?

Did you know that the amount of torturing [abortions] in this country actually went up during the Clinton presidency? It was lower under Republican presidencies.

Torture [Abortion] is a difficult issue, and people of good will can disagree about it.

Ultimately, I think the torturer [abortion provider] should be free to make that choice in consultation with his attending doctors, his field agents, and his God.

Besides, even if we made torture [abortions] illegal, guess what? - there would still be people out there torturing [providing abortion]. And they wouldn’t have access to all the sophisticated equipment that we have in modern torture [abortion] chambers. They’d use whatever they could find – sticks, broken glass, even coat hangers.

Is that what you want? You want us to go back to the days of back-alley torturing [abortions] with coat hangers?

A truly enlightened society would keep torture [abortions] safe, legal, and rare.

With apologizes to “Thoughts on Torture”, an anonymous commenter on Amy Welborn’s “Via Media” blog on

Hat Tip to Clayton of the Weight of Glory!

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