Comment of the Day, #9
This is an extremely occasional feature that I only run when I remember I have it, and when somebody posts an exceptionally insightful comment. I like to elevate that comment to the top, so everyone can see it.
Today I’m bringing two comments to your attention. Both are by anti_supernaturalist.
• Pro-birth ideology poses an international public health threat
Religious anti-abortion ranters are not pro-life. They are pro-birth. There’s a big difference.
By dismissing women’s rights over their own bodies, fundies expect to regain control over reproduction and birth in accord with pro-natalist dictates. Pro-natalism, a term from the 19th century, sells a poisonous nostrum of sexual customs which do not belong in a contemporary planet-wide ethos which must treat women equally.
Fundie pretensions to secular power over abortion are not pro-life. They demand enforcement of ancient (and modern) near-eastern cult practices which amount to total reproductive repression: that no impediment whatsoever on births be permitted by law.
No sexual practices which preclude conception, homosexuality foremost. No chemical contraception. No physical barriers to conception. No abortions, not even in cases of rape, incest.
What happens to mother and child after birth is irrelevant to the men who run right-wing political and religious institutions.
Pro-natalism is the sexual theory of “tea party” ignorati, myriad fundie sects, mormons, and the rc-church.
Pro-birth, a public health disaster, is pro-mass-death. It creates disease, poverty, and ignorance worldwide by fostering overpopulation, damning safe (and joyous) non-reproductive sex, forbidding responsible sex education, and blocking medical research.
• The real issue — social control
Fundie xian males, like their fundie muslim and jewish brothers, shudder at a technological world in which mental agility has replaced physical strength as the core measure of economic utility.
This reordering of values strips away a ancient core faith-based lie: god-ordained male supremacy.
Unresolved to this day is a decades long struggle over gender equality — equal productive and reproductive rights.
Whom does The House and Senate back? The relevant group, women themselves, tens of millions of them?
Or white male second-hand-god salesmen? Spewing pro-birth at any price. One hundred year old social darwinism tarted up as “family values”.
Fundies are obvious offenders, but RCs run a close second.
Women’s aspirations, self realization, reproductive self-determination must be crushed by direct force.
Xian domestic terrorism, like muslim domestic terrorism, humiliates, intimidates, and batters women back to submission.
Protected by complicit federal and state officials, cells of xian thugs have been targeting women and their humane values for decades.
Fundie irrationality drives scientific knowledge about sex from America’s schools just as it drives medical research abroad.
Xian political ideologues must eventually embrace state totalitarianism. Their “truths” can never win popular support. An open society will repudiate their nihilism composed of literalist lies, morally repugnant beliefs, and puritanical rules.