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Shooting an Elephant; Aborting a Fetus   7 comments

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This is from the blog Oceans Never Fill:

George Orwell wrote the poignant essay Shooting an Elephant in 1936 and effectively criticized Imperialism and its inevitable destruction of both the oppressed and the oppressor. The tyranny of one party is a destructive force to those whom he rules over by forcefully taking their freedom, and it is a destructive force to the tyrant himself by passively taking his freedom as he fits himself into the expectations of being a despot.

Orwell was called the conscience of his generation. I think, perhaps, if we look carefully at his words we can see that he may speak as a conscience for our generation as well.

Consider his quote,

The people expected it of me and I had got to do it; I could feel their two thousand wills pressing me forward, irresistibly[…] I perceived in this moment that when the white man turns tyrant it is his own freedom that he destroys […] He wears a mask, and his face grows to fit it. I had got to shoot the elephant. I had committed myself to doing it when I sent for the rifle. A sahib has got to act like a sahib; he has got to appear resolute, to know his own mind and do definite things.

Now, let’s modernize his words, let us see how they may prophetically speak today,

The people expected it of me and I had got to do it; I could feel their millions of wills pressing me forward, irresistibly. I perceived in this moment that when the woman turns tyrant it is her own freedom that she destroys. She wears a mask, and her face grows to fit it. I had to abort my child. I had committed myself to doing it when I read the pregnancy test. A woman has got to act like a woman; she has to appear strong, to know her mind and do definite things.

The Pro-choice narrative purports that it is a woman’s right, her power, her freedom to choose life or death for the baby within her, to choose motherhood after her child has come into being. It is an embodiment of all that Feminism has sought for as it culminates in a woman’s right over motherhood. A woman’s reproductive rights are about allowing her the same borderless freedom afforded a man who can decide not to sire the child he has brought into being, a man can run from an unwanted pregnancy, and through abortion a woman can too. Equality of the sexes it seems, must be achieved through irresponsibility and murder.

But is that the kind of equality we want? Does it really free a man when he runs away from the woman he impregnates and ignores the existence of his flesh and blood? And will women be free if they are given the same opportunity to shirk responsibility? Is that freedom?

If we follow along Orwell’s line of reasoning, the answer is a resounding, no, it is not freedom, it is enslavement to impulse and a loss of humanity. It is an enslavement of the mind where one is so entrenched with the expectations of feminism and the pushing and mob cry for sexuality without consequence that urges a woman to kill the life within her, to make her the mother of death.

Dear sisters, you have been lied to. The narrative surrounding abortion is trying to sell you death, that you will find freedom from whatever desperation may strike if you see those twin pink lines. But the reality of tyranny is, and always has been, destruction. And the action of abortion makes you the despot. You become the tyrant, as though your greatest desires can only be achieved through the death of a child. You will find no freedom there, you will find only pain, and you will strip yourself of your own humanity as you hold your own power over the one who is weaker than you.

Because abortion is about power, the power of the woman over her own body, and ultimately about her power over the child within her. She has the power to end life. She has the power to choose the fate of another person. Abortion makes women tyrants over their own children and it leaves a path of bitter destruction, with seared consciences, broken hearts, and severed hands. But even as abortion asserts empowering a woman to choose her own fate, it simultaneously victimizes her. A woman is weak and a slave to her impulses, she is a victim of biology and unplanned circumstances, and so she can only be powerful if she takes control and undoes biology, a woman must murder to have power.

But power isn’t the same thing as strength. Power abuses, and asserts self over others. Power manipulates. But strength? Strength is courage in the face of the unknown or unplanned, strength is choosing justice regardless of personal outcome, strength is having integrity regardless of circumstance. Despots wield power and destroy. But people of strength are freed by conviction of moral obligation to justice.

The Pro-Choice narrative speaks nothing of strength and has instead echoed the ethic of Svidrigaylov–the pitiful nihilist of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment who excuses his immoral behavior and apathy toward suffering because of his own victimization at the hands of fate –“am I a monster or am I myself the victim? What if I am the victim?” Somehow, we have deflected the responsibility away from ourselves like Svidrigaylov, claiming our own victimization as we assert our power over the fate of another. We women are supposedly strong, intelligent, and equally human, but we have made our crimes into the necessary result of our victimization, as though we have no strength to face the unplanned with justice from our own hands. As though we are the ons being oppressed as we pay to have someone rip the child from our womb piecemeal. The Pro-Choice ethic subtly suggests that we are too weak to have moral obligation and incapable of the strength to pursue justice.

But sisters, if we choose to be victims who must rescue ourselves through despotic power over another, we are monsters.

But we don’t have to be.

There is one who came to rescue the oppressed, and he also came to rescue the tyrants. Jesus deals a deathblow to power, he tells us not to pursue it, but instead to embrace the weak, and to find strength in him. Unplanned pregnancies are terrifying, but, they don’t have to create tyranny within us. We can choose instead to find strength in the one who promises rest despite circumstances, who pleads that we pursue justice, who demands that we defend the weak, and who died to make it possible.

The Pro-Choice narrative is tyranny, and tyranny is enslavement, but Jesus offers us freedom. Orwell (whether fictionally or not) saw no escape from shooting the elephant without being made a fool, he was trapped by his own pride and fear and violated his own conscience, he was a slave to the impulses of the crowd and his own pride and power. Jesus came and confirmed that alone, we are indeed fools who are nothing but slaves to the very impulses that harm us, but he offers us a nail-pierced hand as a means of escape, he offers us a way that leads to life and strength, instead of the inevitable death that comes with pride and power.

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The Origins of Feminism   7 comments

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This is from the blog Maid Arise!:

Feminism Defined

What feminism is, Where it originated, and Why it’s important to understand

Recently a Maid Arise reader requested that I do a post on Feminism. She shared that she knew of other young women that wished there were Christian resources on feminism. I can happily say there are such resources! In this post I hope to share some with you so you can continue to study Feminism and find answers.

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What is Feminism?

The best definition I could find was actually by a lady named Jennie Chancy who has dedicated her time and efforts to a website called ladiesagainstfeminism.com.  I would encourage you to visit this site.

Feminism is almost impossible to define simply because no-one can agree on one definition. The Websters dictionary states:

fem·i·nism: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes 2 : organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests

With this vague concept we have to look further into history to help us in our definition.

One: There are the what Jenny labels the “Equity feminists”. These are the feminists who wish to change perceived unequal treatment of women. These feminists closely resemble the feminists of the 1840’s through the 1920’s. These women touted woman’s rights, and sought for an equal wage in the workforce. Today these same feminists stay close to this older movement and tend to be more conservative than the more modern feminist movement that started in the 1960s.

Two: Secondly there are the “Gender feminists” that seek to remove the distinction between the genders. They believe that any so called difference is exclusively the result of the tyranny of cultural patriarchy. This feminist line of thinking is directly behind the gender-neutral movement that is commonly witnessed today. These would be considered the more “radical” modern feminists.

Three: These are the post 1960’s Feminists. The Gen X women. They are more liberal in their thinking than their foremothers, but have tamed the “Gender feminist” message to fit a more tolerant political-correct worldview. Their goal: to embrace what once was traditionally the man’s role, and to encourage men to take on what once was the woman’s sphere.

Where did Feminism originate?

Though many people do not see the link between Marxism and feminism, I believe Karl Marx had a great influence in starting feminism.

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Karl Marx, 1818-1883

Karl Marx was a German philosopher who hated the biblical concept of the family and purposed to replace Christianity with communism.

Almost every feminist’s message and goal is closely linked to Marx’s philosophy. Though every feminist is not necessarily a revolutionist, their movement is heavily influenced by Marxisim which was a culture communistic revolution starting in the 1920s which continues to influence our every day.

The Frankfurt school was founded in 1923 by dedicated Marxists in Germany. Their goal: to take over every nation with a non-violent approach of communism. When some nations were resistant these Marxists concluded that their main enemy to the revolution was Christianity. With this ascertainment they decided to destroy Christianity, not with violence, but with theology. Once Christianity was defeated Communism/Marxism could then replace it.

Germany then began to teach Marxism in the schools as a “social science”. Their tactic was to simply replace every traditional biblical principle with the opposite thought, and make this new theology “politically correct.”

The Bible taught male leadership so they promoted feminism. The Bible defines and establishes marriage. They tore it down. Children are precious lives to be valued in Biblical thinking. Marxism insisted on abortion and birth control. Marxisim would not be satisfied with just a non-Christian culture, but would teach the culture to embrace an anti-Christian mentality.

Marx targeted women first. Just as Satan went to Eve first. Women are not only weaker vessels but they are mankind’s nurturers. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. In Marx’s words:

“Major social transformations are impossible without ferment among the women.”

[Karl Marx cited in “Karl Marx’s Prescription for Woman’s Liberation” by Carey Roberts.]

Lenin told one feminist:  “There can be no real mass movement without woman”.

[Lenin on the Woman’s Question by Clara Zetkin — www.marxist.com]

Why it’s Important to Understand Feminism

Feminism is an enemy of God’s design for women. Unlike some of God’s enemies, Feminism is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, duping even Christian women.

Watch out for it! It’s subtle. You will find it in movies, novels, social media, quotes, universities, seminaries, magazines, the news. If you look carefully enough you might even hear it in Christian circles.

A Princess Without a Prince

Feminists would have us believe that women have been oppressed for ages, that is, until Feminism came to save us.

And yet, the most liberating force in all the world is Feminism’s greatest enemy — Christianity. God created us for a lofty honorable position. He created us because He knew that man would need us. He entrusted us with the noble calling of wife and motherhood.

Without Christianity we are stripped of purpose and are undervalued and exploited. Non-Christian society’s are proof of this. Without biblical principles these cultures degrade women and drag men down to the basest of levels.

Pagan cultures use women. Women are property, slaves, sex objects. Feminists actually give credence for this mindset when they malign biblical principles such as marriage and motherhood.

“Marriage has existed for the benefit of men; and has been legally sanctioned method of control over women…We must work to destroy it. The end of the institution of marriage is a necessary condition for the liberation of women. Therefore it is important for us to encourage women to leave their husbands and not to live individually with men.” [Declaration of Feminism, Nov. 1971]

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Margaret Sanger, 1879-1966

Margaret Sanger (feminist founder of Planned Parenthood) wrote:

“The most merciful thing a large family can do to one of it’s infant members is to kill it.”

[Women and the New Race, 67]

Feminism would take us far away from the godly image of womanhood. Purity, submission and biblical womanhood are despised by feminists. Modern culture would have us believe that Feminism is a defender of women, fighting for our rights. It is righteous to be against exploitation of women. But feminists are not the first defenders of women. The Bible already strongly stood against the exploitation of women. If this is all Feminists stood for then we could gladly join them. But Feminism is a movement against God and all that He has designed women to be.

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Cauldron of Cackling Crooks and Criminals   Leave a comment

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Painting of devoted Mother, immortalized forever

Cauldron of Cackling Crooks and Criminals