Matthew R. Perry

Who’s Afraid of an Argument? The Insecurities of the Abortion Rights Movement

In Culture on February 20, 2006 at 1:53 pm

by Albert Mohler, President
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
Monday, February 20, 2006

“Don’t waste time talking to anti-choice people.” That is the straightforward instruction provided by NARAL Pro-Choice America in its “Campus Kit for Pro-Choice Organizers.” The director of the Pro-Choice Action Network answered a question about why his group does not engage in conversation with pro-life advocates with this statement: “Along with most other pro-choice groups, we do not engage in debates with the anti-choice.” In other words, they are scared to death of a genuine argument.

This point is made abundantly clear in a recent article by Jon A. Shields of the Center on Religion and Democracy at the University of Virginia. Shields’ article, “Bioethical Politics,” is published in the March/April 2006 issue of Society, one of the nation’s most influential social science journals.

“If the conventional wisdom is correct, the religious right is once again corrupting American democracy by pushing religious dogma over and against science and reason,” Shields asserts. Nevertheless, he goes on to prove that the “conventional wisdom” is anything but wise.

(Click the title of this entry to read the full article.)

  1. I don’t see this as some big conspiracy. Isn’t this just good strategy?

    It would be like me trying to recruit people to work for the bush campaign at a NOW meeting. I can waste a bunch of valuable volunteer time arguing with them and get no where.

    Another thing could be that they are afraid for their safety.

    Strategically it’s the people in the middle that aren’t on one side or the other, those swing voters, that you have to get on your side to win this battle.

    It’s also possible to rally your own people but it’s like beating your head against a brick wall arguing abortion with the other side.

    They’re retarded if their strategy is to convince staunch pro-lifers they are wrong. I’m not shocked to see that they have that statement in their literature.

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