The View From 1776

Suicide Bombers and Abortion

Training Islamic children to become suicide bombers has much in common with abortion.

For an excellent analysis of the Supreme Court’s recent Carhart decision on partial-birth abortion, see The Supreme Court and Reasonable Hope by Richard John Neuhaus on the First Things website.

Reactions to Carhart raise the question whether our hedonistic, pro-choice liberals have any better claim to rectitude than Islamic jihadists.

Even liberals who blame the United States for Islamic aggression profess distress at the horrific phenomenon of Islamic families proudly urging their children to blow themselves up in order to kill infidels.

Those same liberals strenuously uphold the “right” of any woman, without the slightest recourse to due process of law, to murder her unborn infant. No tears are shed for the innocent life butchered in the abortion process.

The thought of Islamic parents subjecting their children to such inhumanity is revolting, but no more than the self-congratulatory piousness of abortion supporters.

Both liberals and jihadists are intent upon furthering a cause.  They care not a whit about the lives of their children, who are expendable in the causes of hedonism or political power.

Jihadists claim to be following the Koran as the literal words of Allah.  Their mullahs tell them that forcing non-Muslims to submit or die is the highest calling that they can attain, and they are eager to die for it.

Liberals in the United States are just as eager to kill unborn babies in the social justice cause of a woman’s “right to choose.”  That disingenuous phrase, however, is a smoke screen for the historical fact that the 1973 Roe v Wade case was a product of the anarchist free-love of the Baby Boomer generation.  It was nothing more nor less than legitimizing sexual promiscuity.

Like the jihadists, Boomers in the late 1960s and early 70s believed that their cause justified extreme violence.  They thought it cool to blow up college computer centers and police stations, or to rob banks and kill people in the process.  Nancy Pelosi’s generation adopted the Weatherman slogan, “Bring the war home; ice the pigs; kill your parents.”  Speaker Pelosi still likes the first part of that slogan.

For liberals, abortion as a convenient way to deal with the potential consequences of sexual promiscuity is just another instance of John Dewey’s pragmatism.  Dewey based his views on the Darwinian hypothesis that there is no such thing as morality; the only operative guideline is might makes right, survival of the fittest.  Be self-centered and do only what benefits you, no matter the cost to others.  If it works for you, do it.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg deplored the Carhart decision, among other reasons, for introducing morality into a legal decision.  Morality, however, came, not from the Court, but from a strong majority of Congress who adduced it as a foundation for the statute banning partial-birth abortion.

Justice Ginsburg overlooks the fact that Roe v Wade had exactly zero legal basis, but was instead no more than the Supreme Court’s expression of what a majority of the Justices thought “ought” to prevail.

Liberals are again talking out of both sides of their mouths at the same time. 

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