Planned Parenthood's Hypocritical Claims
In reference to Katharine Biele's defense of Planned Parenthood, It appears that, for Biele ["Ick Factor," Hits & Misses, Aug. 27, City Weekly], the greatest infraction Planned Parenthood could ever commit would be to actually make a profit from harvested body parts passed on to researchers. The issue is not that an innocent human life was snuffed out to get those parts, but rather that it's imperative no money is seen changing hands.
This is the true "ick" factor. How different would it have been had these same researchers stood outside a Nazi concentration camp and asked a guard, "Excuse me, but those individuals you're about to kill, can we have their organs? We're working to end cancer."
Reason tells us that it is immoral to derive benefit, whether monetary or scientific, from the intentional demise of an innocent human being and not condemn the cause of that demise. But, of course, for Planned Parenthood, the "demise" is everything. That's why—from its very name to the "sevices" it "provides"—a lexicon of soft and innocuous words has been put forward to dull any potentially guilty consciences. Who, after all, could be against "women's health" or object to pap smears or mammograms?
The truth is that the centrality of Planned Parenthood is the for-profit business of ending the lives of "inconvenient" human beings through abortion, and convincing women this is a reasonable proposition. The hypocrisy of the whole thing is that the very women about whose health they claim to care, they would just as soon have aborted some 15 to 20 years earlier and not batted an eye.
Like its founder, Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood regards the value of the human person as a conditional circumstance, hinging entirely on the degree of its desirability as judged by another. Fortunately, the God of Judeo-Christianity revealed we are all made in his image and likeness and infinitely precious in his sight. We all have value, regardless of our "utility".
Yes, to Biele, Herbert's response to the PP videos might appear as a "knee-jerk" reaction, but it's only after the sudden realization by many in the state that we have been unwitting accomplices to the horrific practices of this deceitful organization.
Is Donald Trump 'Mad as Hell'?
The brilliant writer and satirist Paddy Chayefsky may have died in 1981, but I'm sure he must be enjoying a huge and satisfying belly laugh somewhere right now.
In 1976, Chayefsky authored the Academy Award-winning screenplay for Network, a satirical look at television, celebrity and the dehumanizing effects of modern life. In Network, Howard Beale, a flamboyant and very angry television personality, creates a ratings sensation when he threatens to commit suicide on the air while ranting about indignities both real and imagined.
He calls it all "bullshit" and encourages his audience to open their windows and shout to the rooftops that, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!" Soon, millions are following Beale's lead as his angry rants become more and more unhinged.
Sound familiar? It's hardly a stretch to imagine Donald Trump in the role of Howard Beale, ranting on about Mexican rapists, bossy women and corrupt politicians. Indeed, it's surprising that Trump hasn't appropriated Beale's "mad as hell" mantra for his campaign.
In the end, Beale was undone when he simply could not top himself. He ran out of rage. Low ratings (and the EcumenicalLiberation Army) ultimately spelled his demise.
It will be interesting to see if Chayefsky's 40-year-old script proves to be as prophetic in its ending as it has been so far in foreseeing the future.
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