Friday, August 17, 2007

Conservatives: "Abortion led to Immigrant 'Invasion'"

I posted this originally here, at Huffington Post.
Doing my best to understand Christian conservatives is something I try very hard to do. I live in the most conservative, religious county in the country and trying to understand my neighbors is something I have to work at.

Most of them are hard-working and charitable people, so long as the government doesn't mandate the work or the charity.

Generally we get along so long as we don't talk politics.

But every time I think I've got my neighbors figure out, I read items like this one in my local newspaper.

That link leads to a letter-to-the-editor explaining that the American problem with immigration was caused by abortion.

Seriously.

Ramon Swapp from Fairview, Utah wrote, "These foreigners are not doing jobs that Americans won't do; they are doing jobs that Americans can't do, because their lives were terminated in the womb."

I'm sure this was printed in the paper because of the extremely preposterous nature of the opinion, but I can't help but think that this view isn't as rare as any rational human being would assume it should be.

What frightens me is that this level of discourse and logic is on the same level I've seen from some of the more outrageous conservative mouthpieces like Sean Hannity, Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter.

I truly want to understand these people so that, perhaps, they might be helped to see reason. I'm not sure they'll ever be able to, but one has to have faith in something. Maybe the best we'll get is that these religious conservatives might see glimpses and glimmering moments of truth now and again.

Ramon ended his letter thusly, "Global warming is not caused by man's misuse of fossil fuel resources; it is caused by misuse of sacred reproductive resources. God has merely bumped the thermostat up a few degrees to see if man will repent."

In all this madness, he acknowledged an issue as critical as global warming. It's not much, but maybe that's all we can ask for.

3 comments:

L.Austin Bernard said...

Ok looks like I get to break this in.

Since you don't listen to Talk Radio you wouldn't know this little chestnut has been orbiting the Fringes for a while

as the folks who go really nutty into Abortion stuff say "hey # of Aborted Babies that would have theoretically become adults= (roughly) the # of illegal aliens


my thought on this line of thinking is Correlation does not equal causation.

It *may* be so that those two numbers correspond but that doesn't mean a leads to B

Anonymous said...

"I can't help but think that this view isn't as rare as any rational human being would assume it should be."

Why?

Anonymous said...

Because there are enough people to vote for George Bush and they clearly have about as much sense as this person.