Monday, February 22, 2010

"Every child is valuable, and children aren't a punishment"

Sorry you haven't gotten your regular Monday-morning post. Work and/or school are swallowing a couple of us whole, but come back and chill with us tomorrow!

In the meantime, we don't want to leave you totally bereft. Check out the words of a man who's pious enough to give us his honest take on the worth of disabled kids and what Christians "suggest" for sinners:

Legislator Says Disabled Kids May Be God's Punishment
By Kelsey Radcliffe
Sunday, February 21, 2010
RICHMOND, VA – State Delegate Bob Marshall of Manassas says disabled children are God’s punishment to women who have aborted their first pregnancy.
"The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children," said Marshall, a Republican. "In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There's a special punishment Christians would suggest."
and check this out:
"Looking at it from a cultural, historical perspective, this organization should be called 'Planned Barrenhood'" [Marshall said].
[Dean Nelson, executive director of the Network of Politically Active Christians] suggested that the organization be called "Klan Parenthood".

Oooh, zinga-zing-zing! They got you good, Planned Parenthood! Maybe next time you won't choose such a DUMB RYHMABLE NAME. (I actually think it's a fantastic name and a fantastic goal. Poor PP.)

Oh, on that note, can I tell you how many of my clients through the years have mistakenly called it Plant Parenthood, Planet Parenthood [a place where you don't want to go!], Parent Planethood, Paired Planning? A lot! It sort of rolls off the tongue and people don't always remember the specific words, I think.

There's so many other funny name mix-ups I've heard for clinics and funds -- one by the acronym of EMA which a client kept referring to as "she" and I eventually realized she meant "Emma." Abortioneers and friends! Any similar misnomers you're able to share?


  1. are children or are children not blessings?

    How does a disabled child punish a parent? It's punishment for the child. Also, a woman can always have an abortion if there is a disability, so you're really just feeding the fire here, antis.


  2. I mean, aside from the pure hatefulness and "loving" piety, I'd like to start at square one and ask him how he came up with the premise:
    "The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically." O RLY? 'Has increased dramatically' implies a time period, but he doesn't say increased since when; he doesn't even say what it increased to or from. Absolutely classic case of the Weasel Words. Plus if you accepted it as true, then does it mean God only recently noticed all the aborting ladies and had to zoom up to speed on doling out the punishments? Why would the number be going up when the abortion rate is going down?

  3. More babies = more disabled babies.

    Why are antis so inexplicably STOOPID?

  4. I guess we can only hope parents of disabled children across the country rip him a new one.

  5. My older brother is disabled and he was my mother's first child, her first pregnancy. She had rubella and he was born deaf, blind and mentally disabled. She never had an abortion. How does that fit into Bob Marshall's worldview? Would he connect some other supposed sin of hers to the rubella? Would he twist it to make it her fault, to make her deserving of her child's disability? And does God just create victims out of children, use them as instruments of punishment? How can he be comfortable believing in such a God?


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