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Our Global Moral Meltdown

Nov 19, 2010

It seems that we have come to a place where we are trying to outdo one another in cases of moral madness and ethical idiocy. Daily our media headlines give us shocking new stories of a society going straight down the gurgler. I have no sooner finished writing a piece saying that this story takes the prize, when another sad tale comes along which is even much worse.

The degree of lunacy and moral collapse seems to become greater each passing day. Where it will all end is hard to say, but deviancy and decadence clearly rule. At the risk of saying this new story really does take the cake, here is how the Daily Mail reports this latest outrage:

“A married couple has sparked fury by setting up a website to let the public vote on whether or not they should have an abortion. Pete and Alisha Arnold, both 30, say they launched www.birthornot.com because they are unsure if they want to be parents. They believe the controversial poll so the public could ‘make a difference in the real world’.

“The couple, from Minneapolis, have uploaded regular scan images of the foetus, which is a perfectly-healthy boy they have nicknamed ‘Wiggles’. The subject matter is so provocative that some are questioning whether the site has been set up deliberately to upset anti-abortionists. Alisha is now 17 weeks pregnant and web users have until December 7 to cast their vote – just two days before the 20-week cut-off line for a state-legal abortion.”

The story continues, “The latest results shows a fairly split opinion, with 46.27 per cent voting to keep the baby and 53.73 per cent wanting the couple to have an abortion. The Arnolds launched their blog on September 28 with the news that Mrs Arnold was pregnant. Tests have revealed the fetus is a boy. On the Facebook page for Mrs Arnold, a methodist, it states she is a fan of right-wing commentator Glenn Beck.”

There has been plenty of reaction to this, and rightly so. The executive director of the Chicago-based Pro-life action league Eric Scheidler said: “I am horrified at the depths to which they have sunk and their failure to comprehend the dignity and value of human life. I do not understand how somebody can be so ice-cold and calculated and flippant about the fate of their unborn child. Seeing the images of the baby as it develops just makes things worse. What are they going to tell the child if it is born? How can they parent the baby when they are happy to entrust his fate to utter strangers?”

And Mary Spaulding Balch of National Right to Life said: “This is shocking. The first thing that came to my mind when I heard of this was the Roman Colosseum when the mob picked who lived and who died. They are talking about a baby that is 17 weeks old, it has a beating heart, its brain is working and nerve endings throughout its body. By 20 weeks when the vote is up it will be developed enough to feel excruciating pain. What they are doing is beyond comprehension.”

Quite so. We have now sunk to such depths as a society that we now even have life and death decisions being turned into sport and entertainment. It is not hard to imagine a whole new reality TV series developing out of this. And it won’t be hard to think of new interesting and amusing plots.

How about this one for starters? A family has an elderly granny who is getting to be a bit of a nuisance. Maybe TV viewers can vote on how best to deal with the problem. Lethal injection? Deport her to Cuba? Take her on a long walk on a short plank? The options – and entertainment – could be endless.

Or consider that pesky next door neighbour who has been such a pain for so long. Viewers could vote on a range of fun and creative options. Do we simply send the neighbour a bomb in the mail? How about poisoning the family? Maybe we could just set the house on fire.

Gee, we have just managed to blend two consuming passions of the modern Western world into one neat pastime. We have taken the pro-death culture and welded it to our entertainment-mad culture. It certainly is throwing the Christians to the lions all over again.

We can be cheerily entertained while able to cast the deciding vote as to who should be allowed to live, or how they should die. Why didn’t the folks in Hollywood or the workers in the death mills think of this much sooner? Ah well, better late than never.

Move over Roman Coliseum. Coming soon to an Internet connection near you: Death By Decree – The new fun and entertaining way in which you get to play God and decide who should live and who should die. Back in a moment after this commercial break.

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1330860/Should-abortion–decide-U-S-couple-set-website-unborn-child.html

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14 Responses to Our Global Moral Meltdown

  • Bill,

    I’m not sure this isn’t an attempt (misguided or not) to actually confront the issue of abortion from a new angle from a pro-life motivation.

    I’ve already read one prominent pro-lifer with the view that the couple might actually be pro-life. An abortion certainly makes no sense in view of the fact that they have had 2 miscarriages earlier this year from planned pregnancies.

    And at the moment the poll is running 4 to 1 in favour of birth.

    Mark Rabich

  • They forgot to put up the adoption option on their poll.

    Um…I’m speechless.

    Kylie Anderson

  • Jill Stanek has a bit more background on it too.

    http://www.jillstanek.com/2010/11/about-that-couple-taking-votes-whether-to-abort/

    Mark Rabich

  • Thanks Mark

    Yes, if this is a scam, it will be interesting to discover just what exactly is going on here.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Whether true of not, this story highlights that when a society endorses an individual’s human right as an absolute, to claim that their life is their own property, to do with it whatever they will, in reality the individual ceases to be autonomous and sovereign, but instead bends the knee to public opinion, the average consensus at any particular moment. But it does not end there, for the next stage is where the state in turn becomes the property of the elite. In this final stage there is no consensus of public opinion, no votes, no dissent, only political correctness and crushing oppression from the tyrant.

    Without God, without any fixed point of reference, like a ship without compass or captain, society drifts in a sea of relativity and changes its attitudes and values according to the political climate, or zeitgeist. The passengers and crew do not mind where the ship is going, just so long as everything is running smoothly and everyone has the feel- good factor. What might be shocking and deviant can almost overnight become respectable and what was previously considered to be decent and responsible can become criminalised. Without God, without any fixed, absolute point of reference, human nature has a way of accommodating and becoming comfortable over a period of time with a state of hell. It can gradually sleep walk into becoming hardened, desensitised to cruelty, barbarism and evil, as happened in Nazi Germany, Russia, China, Cambodia and North Korea and now it is our turn.

    (scroll down to last video)
    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:1uhipqFuWokJ:raymondpronk.wordpress.com/2009/08/25/yuri-bezmenov-on-kgb-soviet-propaganda-and-subversion-videos/+yuri+bezmenov+death&cd=6&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk

    David Skinner, UK

  • Whether or not this is a hoax, it does not take away from the sickening nature of it. As Wesley J. Smith puts it

    ‘I don’t know about you, but whether true or not, whether “performance art” or hoax, the casualness of this is sickening (even if it seeks to make an ironic pro life point). And I hope no SHSer will give credence to this by voting.’

    http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/secondhandsmoke/2010/11/18/couple-ask-internet-users-to-vote-on-abortion-or-birth/

    Damien Spillane

  • Yes, it may well be a scam, and so we must be very careful, and not say too much – or watch it too closely – unless we’re somehow aiding and abetting something that is very wrong. David Skinner’s words, here, are very wise, I consider; the state becoming the property – plaything – of the elite could well come about, and is, yes, the logical next step.
    John Thomas, UK

  • If the majority of the cyberspace crowd decide to put their thumbs up for this little boy, he will have to live with the though that he is alive not because of his parents love for him but because of the fickle opinion of the internet mob.
    Des Morris

  • I agree with David and John. Sinister – the juxtaposition of flippant and callas biological parents, who should provide the best outcome for a baby, next to the fragility and wonder of a baby in the womb asking for a vote, in the worst tradition of reality television, on whether the baby should live or die. Ironic or not, this gives a preview of the effect of subversion and drift towards general psychosis, if we’re not very careful.
    Rachel Smith, UK

  • At first, I was shocked by yet another evidence of where the world is heading. But, the more I think about it, it does look like a some kind of stunt. There are times when it takes something disturbing like this to open our eyes. I mean, what difference does it make to vote for this little baby’s life or death on the website or to vote for life or death of million others at the voting booths. Whether we see the ultrasound pictures or no, our collective opinion matters. Liberals are trying to make abortion an individual issue, but in the bigger picture we are all somehow involved.
    Brenda Polack

  • Does anyone know anybody in Minneapolis, whereby the authenticity of these two boofheads extraordinaire can be checked? If they are genuine, may I ask are they both on medication 24/7 (supervised of course)?
    Frank Bellet, Petrie Qld

  • No wonder our Lord sweated blood in Gethsemane. All this and more He has carried for love of us. Sometimes I wonder if things could possibly get any worse.
    Anna Cook

  • Thanks guys

    It seems that this is a hoax after all: http://www.lifenews.com/2010/11/23/nat-6877/

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Hoax or not I find it frightening how many people have voted for abortions. Not because they care about the mother’s health or well-being, or even her “right to choose” but because they can. They have been told they hold the power of life and death in their hands and they have chosen death.
    Kylie Anderson

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