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How do Christians not see that this is evil?


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This post was published more than 13 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 13 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 13 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
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  • Factual information might be outdated.
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Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

Stomach-wrenchingly abhorrent news from The Guardian:

A Vatican official has said the Catholic church will excommunicate a medical team who performed Colombia’s first legal abortion on an 11-year-old girl, who was eight weeks pregnant after being raped by her stepfather.

Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, the president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family, said in addition to the doctors and nurses, the measure could apply to “relatives, politicians and lawmakers” whom he called “protagonists in this abominable crime”.

Why on Earth does Middle England complain so much about Islamic society when Christianity – the religion at the heart of Middle England – does as many things which are at least comparably terrible on a daily basis? I don’t get it.

Perhaps it’s because Middle England don’t know that these things happen – after all, a story like this would never feature in the Daily Mail, as to do so would be to cast doubt upon the beliefs and values of it’s readership. Far better that they reinforce the prejudices by using dubious research to convince it that the 2% of the population that have an Islamic belief system pose an immediate threat to the future of the UK.

How can anyone justify forcing an 11-year-old raped by her step-father to carry her child to term?  That is evil.  And that is the decision of one of the most senior people in the Catholic church, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, who will almost certainly oversee the conclave to select the next Pope.  This is not some crazy parish priest in some far-flung land.  This is a crazy senior priest in the highest echelons of the Vatican.

Just, for a second, imagine the uproar if these were the words of an Imam.  Yet, because this is apparently based in Christian “truth”, nobody blinks.  I just wish the world could, for once, look past religion, with it’s ifs, buts, excuses, corruption, out-dated teachings, and evil actions, and work towards true, universal, morality.

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Comments and responses

Comment from Rob

by Rob

Comment posted at 11:27 on 1st September 2006.

An innocent child has been raped.
How can the murder of another innocent child possibly make the situation any better?

Comment from Ruth

by Ruth

Comment posted at 13:43 on 1st September 2006.

Or the 11-year old’s death in childbirth?

Comment from steves

by steves

Comment posted at 13:45 on 1st September 2006.

Anyone who can equate murdering a child with aborting an 8 week old foetus is so twisted by religion and irrationality they have lost sight of reality. Forcing an 11 year old girl to endure a full pregnancy followed by giving birth to a child that would then have to spend its life coming to terms with the appalling circumstances of its conception would be morally disgusting and indefensible. It is terrible that a belief system as widely spread as catholocism can so dehumanise its adherents, that they are blind to the suffering of the girl, the potential child, and can imagine that an insensate early foetus is equivalent to a living child.

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