5 Dumb Myths I’ve Seen Christians Propagate (& Links to the Real Story)
Posted on January 8, 2013
- Pepsi uses the cells of aborted fetuses in its products. The real story: here. Key quote:
It’s a little like suggesting teflon could be found in some newly-prepared stir-fry asparagus made in a teflon-free wok, when instead actually the original recipe was devised years ago in a teflon-coated pan, but the asparagus you’re using now never even touched that pan from years ago. The teflon in the old original pan has nothing to do with the asparagus you’re making now in the wok, in the same way that there are no Nth-generation fetus cells in Pepsi soda.
- The Affordable Care Act now sterilizes minors in Oregon for free, without their parents’ consent. The real story: here. (Hey, I even wrote it!) Key quote:
In 2011, the following guidelines were in place for a minor who wants to be sterilized:
- prove that the procedure is in their “best interest.”
- exhaust every possible method of treatment other than sterilization first.
- be fully capable of giving informed consent, which includes knowing all of the associated risks and side effects of sterilization.
- find a doctor who will consent to doing a surgery, which can’t create a threat to the patient’s life or health.
- GO TO COURT to get a judge to approve the procedure.
The only difference that the Affordable Care Act could make in regards to these statutes is that now there is no determination of who would pay for the procedure, because the insurance company will do that. (If, of course, the minor has insurance.) Versions of these statutes have been passed and repealed every two years since the 1950s, and they will be revisited again 2013. The statutes also include rules like “no hysterectomies” and lists of admissible and inadmissible evidence for the court proceedings.
- Obama canceled the National Day of Prayer. The real story: here. Key quote:
- Kids can’t pray in school. The real story: here. Key quote:
I can see why Christian parents might want their kids to be able to pray in school (and they can), but to have school-sponsored prayer is to use a public institution to advance one religion at the detriment of others. Is prayer in school equally pushed by these Christians if it is referring to Jewish prayer? Or Buddhist prayer? Or Muslim prayer? Of course not. It’s not that they want school-led, publicly-sanctioned prayer in school because any type of prayer is helpful for students, it’s that they want all kids to be taught to be Christians.
- Barack Obama is the most pro-abortion president in history. The real story: here. Key quote:
In the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, we have a previously unimaginable opportunity for satisfying compromise on abortion. In accordance with liberal demands, the procedure will remain safe and legal, and reproductive choices will be extended to those who have been unable to afford them in the past. In exchange, conservatives will see abortion rates plummet, achieving a result comparable to that of illegality but without the fierce controversy or government imposition in the lives of individuals.
I am not so naïve as to believe that this conclusion is likely to be reached soon, or without further contest. Nor do I anticipate that Tom Minnery or Bryan Fischer will embrace President Obama as a pro-life hero. But it seems to me that, if conservatives really believe in the evil of abortion, they are morally obligated to embrace a policy that stands to limit it so impressively.