A recent letter to the editor in a local paper, titled “Simply saying you’re a Christian doesn’t mean you are one,” insists that if a Christian supports abortion, “then the pastor in charge of him or her is failing to follow the Bible…”
As usual, this fundamentalist is cherry-picking his way through a book by multiple authors full of many contradictions. The fact is, many Bible verses support the “right” of parents to kill their children:
“…And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.” —Deuteronomy 21:18-21
“He that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.” — Exodus 21:17
It is even recommended to to kill other people’s children if their parents aren’t in agreement with your Church:
“Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.” — Psalm 137:9
Yes, there is also a commandment that says “Thou Shalt Not Kill.”
There are plenty of contradictions in the Bible, even about killing children. I’m sure some Christians would argue their way around the these verses while still believing the Bible is the literal and sacred Word of God. However, to those who have eyes to see, it’s clear that these verses are more pro-choice than anything Planned Parenthood promotes. I disagree with stoning children to death for being stubborn, but if a woman feels bringing a child into her life would be more curse than blessing, I support her right to make that decision, and Exodus does too. How do I know? “For the Bible tells me so.”
In contrast, the Catholic church excommunicated a 9 year old girl for having an abortion after her stepfather raped and impregnated her. This means they told this little girl that she would be tortured in the burning fires of hell for all eternity for this (even though doctors agreed her life was in danger from the twins she carried). Meanwhile, Catholic priests who raped multiple children were being quietly moved to other churches–not excommunicated or turned over to police, but protected! Perhaps they have some perverse secret teaching about what “spare the rod, spoil the child” means…
Again, the Bible says that children who curse or strike their parents should be put to death. There are barely any mentions of killing fetuses in the Bible, but the one in Exodus clearly makes it a lesser offense than killing a child. This is right after the Bible says that a slave is not a person but the owner’s “money” therefore killing them (slowly) is not a big deal:
Exodus 21:20 And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished.
21:21 Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished: for he is his money.
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.
Here we see the sexism in the Bible; it is the husband who can determine the value of the fetus.
People who are against abortion can choose not to have them. The problem is that many people, particularly fundamentalist Christians, want to prevent others from having the choice to have abortions. They often use the Bible as a reason why they feel abortion is wrong. I feel this shows an ignorance of what the Bible actually says, or at least an ignorance of the contradictions in the Bible. But even more, this shows how some religious groups seek to enforce their dogmas on others who aren’t a part of their religion.
The Catholic Church is guilty of killing well over 100,000 people in the Spanish Inquisition alone, often for the “crimes” of practicing another or no religion. An important point ABEL will revisit is that the Catholic Church would never have gained its wealth, membership, and political influence without the mass amounts of murder, death, and violent coercion it was involved with for centuries.
As an Atheist Believer in Ethics and Love, I don’t believe it’s OK to stone children to death for being offensive, and I certainly don’t believe it’s OK to dash infants from other families to death on the rocks for being non-Christian. Also, I don’t think it’s OK to have slaves, much less beat them to death. I do believe that abortion is a difficult decision faced by many women in various horrible circumstances. It doesn’t make it any easier to be in a predominantly Christian culture which incorrectly states adamant beliefs about what the Bible says about abortion. The next time a Christian tells you that abortion is wrong, please confront them about what the Bible actually says: Parents have the right to kill their children for cursing, and the husband can determine a fee for someone killing his wife’s fetus!