If you give me power, I’ll use it
Lady Agrippinna to Claudius. I Claudius 1976
One of the disadvantages of abandoning Judeo-Christian ethics is that you get an interesting crop of ‘Ethicists’
We take ‘person’ to mean an individual who is capable of attributing to her own existence some (at least) basic value such that being deprived of this existence represents a loss to her … it is not possible to damage a newborn by preventing her from developing the potentiality to become a person in the morally relevant sense …
what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.”
We who subscribe to the old-fashioned oppressive philosophy of traditional western civilization refer to this as “murder”.
I would make the obvious statement that this is simply evil, and I mean Satanic level evil, but our modern secular society has decided that “evil” is relative and “Satan” is superstition so let me make the self-interest argument that such folks will understand:
Once you decide to abandon the Judeo-Christian principle that all lives are of equal value in the eyes of God, once Doctors abandon the traditional Hippocratic Oath then things like “personhood” and “life” and “ethics” can be defined however those with power choose to do so, I assure you they will.
And when the day comes when someone playing Kodos decides to define YOUR life or your children’s lives as something without value to society, a waste of scarce resources better used for others, remember who willingly gave them the power to declare you obsolete.
You have been warned.
Update: Let me make something clear that might not be clear otherwise, one does not have to believe in the God or the doctrine of either Judaism or Christianity (or as I call him God) to agree that the Judeo-Christian ethic of all life being of value is an important one and a healthy one for a society. It is on that Juedo-Christian ethic that western Civilization is built (with kudos to the Greeks for the ideas of Democracy and Republicanism).
Update 2: Bill Quick who I admire and while agreeing with me on the sheer evil of this suggestion considers the post an “unwarranted smear against atheists” and points to an example of Christians violating their own
tenants tenets. Fair point, many Christians do, but that reflects on those who violate those tenants, not the tenants> tenets themselves, as Christ himself said:
“The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. Matthew 23:2-3
I would still submit that the weakness of a moral code not God based means it can be altered by man or even by majority vote, and when that is true anything is possible depending on the current (ICK factor).
Remember civilization, peace and justice is not the default position in the history of men or nations, that’s why America for all it’s faults that our friends on the left love to point out is as special as it is.
Update 3: Typed tenants instead of tenets but for the record, if a Christian violates his “tenants” that’s against the “tenets” of the church too.