Sunday, July 25, 2004

Guess Who I'm Going to Bash Here?

Professor Bainbridge, of course.. Anyone who has been paying attention recently must realize that my animus has moved from George Miserable Failure Bush to one of his more ardent supporter in the legal blogosphere.

In the post linked above, Bainbridge claims that the Catholic Church's Gospel of Life is the only morally and logically consistent position on issues of life. While I may not support the Church's teaching, I do respect those who adhere to its principles in toto. However, to cite the Gospel of Life as a weapon to bludgeon those of us who are pro-choice is a bit hypocritical, given that Bainbridge supported the Iraq war. The Gospel, as quoted by Bainbridge himself states, "Whatever is opposed to life itself, such as any type of murder... whatever violates the integrity of the human person, such as mutilation, torments inflicted on body or mind, attempts to coerce the will itself... all these things and others like them are infamies indeed."

If Bainbridge is to take this position in full, then why has he not opposed war, for surely that involves a "type of murder." And where was his outrage over the abuses at Abu Ghraib, as there surely fit within the category of "torments inflicted on body or mind." When Bainbridge becomes a pacifist and human rights crusader, which is the logical conclusion of the Church's Gospel of Life, then I will take him seriously when he bases his opposition to abortion on the Church's teaching. Hmm.. maybe Stephen Bainbridge is a cafeteria Catholic?


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