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Thursday, May 17, 2007

None So Blind...

“There are none so blind as those who will not see,” wrote Jonathan Swift in Polite Conversation. In 1729 Swift wrote a satirical pamphlet entitled A Modest Proposal that was not so “polite.” Swift wrote this bit of satire as an attack on the indifference that the landlords of his day had toward their poor tenants. It is interesting, and quite shocking, to note that what Swift “proposes” in the piece is that poor Irish families sell their children, for extra income, to the rich to be eaten: “I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled…”

A Modest Proposal is considered to be one of the greatest examples of sustained irony in the history of the English language. I think I know of an even greater example. What I’m thinking of, however, does not involve a silly, albeit disturbing, piece of satire. This irony is all too real and tragically, also involves the death of children.

With the fervor of a sidewalk evangelist, we are hearing from many about the imminent dangers of man-made global warming. We are told that temperatures as well as tides are going to rise and if we don’t change our behavior we could all be doomed. One can hardly watch or listen to the news without hearing about it. How do we know if what we are hearing is true? We are told that science has revealed it. Even though increasingly there are dissenters within the scientific community, those who deny man-made global warming are said to be ignoring science and the truth.

With the same fervor we are told that we share ancestors with apes, as well as all other living things. Some would have us believe that billions of years ago all life began in a primordial “soup.” (They can’t tell us who ordered the soup, but they know it was there.) Again, how do we know this is true? Because “science” tell us so. Never-mind that the fossil record does not support the theory or that molecules-to-man evolution violates many of the laws of science (namely, those governing DNA). Here also the number of dissenters is growing. However, if people deny Darwinian evolution, (and especially if they claim to believe the biblical account of creation), they are not simply labeled as ignoring science and the truth; they are ridiculed and called foolish, ignorant, or backwards.

Evolution speculates about the past. Global warming speculates about the future. But what about the science of the here-and-now? Surely those who tout Darwinian evolution and man-made global warming as fact would not ignore what they can see with their own eyes and hear with their own ears. Surely someone so reliant on and trusting of what science reveals to us would not allow himself to be led astray by elegant language, foolish logic, and downright propaganda.

Oh, but they have. I’m going to go out on a limb and speculate that the majority of those who believe in man-made global warming and Darwinian evolution also zealously support the “right” of a woman to end the life of her unborn child. Notice that I’m not saying that all who support man-made global warming and Darwinian evolution also support abortion, nor did I say the converse. But what I want to know is, how, in the name of all that is reasonable, can someone who will stand behind the shaky science of man-made global warming and Darwinian evolution ignore what science has revealed about the unborn?

Life in the womb for a baby is as well documented as anything in science. With ultrasound and doppler machines, as well as other technology, one can monitor the life of a baby in the womb from very near the beginning until birth. I know about the life of the unborn not only because of what I’ve read and studied, but also because my wife and I have three small children.

At around week 8 of our pregnancies, which is not long after most women even realize that they are pregnant, we saw an ultrasound of each of our children. Every organ was in place and bones were forming. I could see and hear their little hearts beat at around 150 beats per minute. With the new (4-D) ultrasound machines, a person can see with amazing clarity the baby in the womb. The babies can be seen grasping things, sucking their thumbs, and responding to stimuli.

More and more babies that are being born early, some just past halfway in the gestation period (20 weeks), are surviving because of the march of science. Yet, according to Georgia Right to Life, legal options for abortion exist through all nine months of pregnancy, with 96% occurring for “convenience.”

To justify this, the pro-abortionists speak of the “rights” of women. Whatever “right” one might speak of, how does it outweigh the right to live? People have written into this paper talking about women who are “incapable of caring for a child,” or the “financial” burdens that children can be. One writer even implied that unwanted children might become the victims of abuse and murder. So, we kill them in the womb to spare them later from murder?! What madness!

This goes to show the level of ignorance, willful or not, that perpetuates the American public concerning the plight of the unborn. However, science (finally catching up to Scripture) is forcing us to look at the truth if only we will open our eyes.

Copyright 2015, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor and his wife Michelle are the authors of: Debt Free Living in a Debt Filled World