Here’s a lie from the Conservative Right:
Since its founding in the early 1980s, The Family Research Council has been one of the foremost centers of bigotry and misinformation working in DC. If it runs counter to white, heterosexual, Protestant Evangelical thinking, the FRC pumps money into destroying it. Porn, divorce, gay rights, abortion — the FRC hates it all. I saw that tweet last night, and as someone who grew up in the church and studied The Word feverishly for the first half of my life, I would just like ardently and unequivocally state that the Bible has way more dead babies — actual babies, yelling and shitting and everything — than the women of Texas could ever attempt to abort.
Here are some fun Bible verses about killing babies and children!
We all know the two most famous. Genesis Chapters 6-9 describe God washing out the entire planet because he gave free will to man and they dared to use it. In Exodus Chapter 12, God is having fun with plagues in Egypt and his most concerning is probably the one where he kills the firstborn child of every family all because he wants to scare one little Pharoah. That’s a lot of dead babies who did absolutely nothing wrong.
The Book of Matthew has a fun one about drowning the faithful children. According to the Bible, if you are going to cause one of these innocent little lambs to sin, you should drown it…instead of just letting it grow up and repent like adults do.
But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in and acknowledge and cleave to Me to stumble and sin [that is, who entices him or hinders him in right conduct or thought], it would be better (more expedient and profitable or advantageous) for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be sunk in the depth of the sea.
A big chunk of the Book of Joshua is just a war campaign of the Israelites conquering city after city with God’s blessing. They march in, destroy the city, and kill everyone in it, including the innocent little babies and children. They don’t leave survivors.
36 Then Joshua with all Israel went up from Eglon to Hebron, and they attacked it
37 And took it and smote it with the sword, and its king and all its towns and everyone in it. He left none remaining, as he had done to Eglon, and utterly destroyed it and all its people.
A lot of children died in the Bible because God was just mad at a city for disobeying him. Babies are just collateral damage for a smiteful God who doesn’t like when adults ignore his orders.
In the Book of Ezekiel, God is mad at Jerusalem, and as their punishment, parents will eat their innocent children.
Therefore fathers shall eat their sons in your midst, and sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments on you and all who are left of you I will scatter to all the winds.
Virtually all of Lamentations is part funeral dirge and part recount of the horrors God has inflicted upon these people for sinning against him, and a lot of those punishments are against innocent babies and children.
Here’s some more baby cannibalism.
Behold, O Lord, and consider [carefully] to whom You have done this. Should and shall women eat the fruit of their own bodies, the children whom they have tended and swaddled with their hands? Should and shall priest and prophet be slain in the place set apart [for the worship] of the Lord?
Here’s some starving babies.
The tongue of the nursing babe cleaves to the roof of its mouth because of thirst; the young children beg for food, but no one gives it to them.
So the Bible doesn’t care about children, which, if you really want to get into the nitty gritty, fits right in with the Republican ethos. They too do not care about children. Once the baby is out of the womb, both mother and child are on their own. This fight with the Christian Right is about abortions though — killing fetuses not killing babies and children. Technically these Bible verses do not run contrary to the anti-abortion stance of Evangelical Christian groups because they do not specifically target unborn children. Sometimes the fetus dies by default — if you drown everybody in a flood, some of them are obviously pregnant women — but the Bible doesn’t have a lot to say about fetuses. Why would it? We only just began to understand pregnancy in the past hundred years or so. The six week cap in Texas wouldn’t even be possible at the time of the Bible because there was no way to find out you were pregnant. For centuries, you weren’t pregnant until you felt the baby “quicken” (move) in the womb. Throughout recorded history in every corner of the world, there are recipes, potions, and spells to cause a miscarriage, because nobody cared about a fetus. That recorded history includes the Bible.
In Numbers Chapter 5 from Verse 11 to 22, there is a test for an unfaithful wife. Grain offerings are placed in Holy Water and her hair is undone and her hands are put in the water and it’s a whole boring thing to read so I won’t force you. But this whole procedure is meant to be a curse — basically a spell — to cause a miscarriage if the woman was unfaithful to her husband. The Bible is specifically endorsing abortion in the case of adultery. A fetus is a fetus is a fetus. One fetus doesn’t differ from another because of how it got here, so if the Bible says you can get rid of your fetus for one reason, you can get rid of your fetus for any reason.
We can say that with even more certainty because the Bible absolutely does not consider the worth of a fetus to be equal to that of an actual person.
If men contend with each other, and a pregnant woman [interfering] is hurt so that she has a miscarriage, yet no further damage follows, [the one who hurt her] shall surely be punished with a fine [paid] to the woman’s husband, as much as the judges determine.
But if any damage follows, then you shall give life for life
Period. Game over. End of discussion. A dead fetus is worth a sum of money for the inconvenience. A dead person is worth another dead person. A fetus is not considered life. It’s just a possession until it’s born and becomes a life.
The books of the Bible have been translated, mis-translated, and interpreted in countless ways. What you take from it may not be what I take from it. How you read it may not be how I read it. And that’s the whole reason why it cannot be a legal foundation for any society, let alone a multi-cultural one where more and more people do not give it any validity.
If you believe the Bible is a literal map for how to behave, then you are free to believe that (if you try to act on it though, you’ll go to jail since we don’t stab people’s eyes out or stone rebellious sons to death). If you believe the Bible is a collection of metaphors, parables, and fables to guide you along a path of goodness and loving they neighbor, you are free to believe that (and we probably will get along well, because I, as an atheist, also live my life under the guiding principle of love thy neighbor, charity to all, and treat others the way you want to be treated). If you believe the Bible is literal sometimes and metaphorical sometimes according to what you personally want to follow and what you don’t, you’re just using religion to confirm your own prejudices and desires.
Your desires have no place in my government. Your religion has no place my government. And your completely false interpretation of your religion in accordance with your desires needs to be exposed far and wide for the self-serving sham that it is. The Bible isn’t pro-life. And the Bible ardently and unequivocally does not care if women want to get an abortion. We need to force these people to use a different argument, because religion is a powerful lightning rod to defeat in a country of lazy Christians who don’t even know what their source material says.
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