Wakeham’s logic

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When I read Bob Wakeham’s April 26 column on pro-life Frank Coleman after reading George McIsaac’s reply to it on May 15, one paragraph especially drew my eye: “Coleman … certainly can’t deny that a movement of which he is a proud and active member views pro-choice advocates — men and women — as morally bankrupt, as sinners, as dirt, as the scum of the earth.”

I do not believe that that is an accurate picture of the attitude of pro-life people toward our opponents. I do not believe Mr. Wakeham sees clearly into our minds in this matter. I do think, though, he may know his own mind and that he sees quite well that if he realized abortion to be what the pro-life say it is, he himself would deem “pro-choice advocates” to be “morally bankrupt, sinners, dirt, the scum of the earth.” That seems to me to say a lot, in and of itself, about the real nature of the offences committed daily against unborn humans.

As a defence of abortion — if it were such, rather than an attack on Frank Coleman — Mr. Wakeham’s position amounts logically to this: if the pro-life were right about abortion, they ought to deem us pro-choice to be contemptible. But we are not contemptible. Therefore the pro-life are wrong about abortion.

Colin Burke

Port au Port

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  • citizen kane
    May 22, 2014 - 06:53

    The only ones morally corrupt here are those that think they have some right to force their antiquated ideas upon the electorate as a whole.Quite simply you do not have any right to make these choices for people other than yourself, end of story bud. Yes, you are contemptible, to impose your own personal beliefs upon people you do not know, in situations of which you have no understanding. No one expects you to understand so don't sweat it. Here is an idea, stay out of other peoples lives.

    • Colin Burke
      May 22, 2014 - 07:41

      The real difficulty I have, citizen kane, is that "the whole electorate," under the present political set-up, keeps me from living by my own "antiquated beliefs" -- that is, permanent principles -- in a society of those who share them with me, because the whole electorate includes people like you whom I am inclined to deem morally blind. If I could keep you out of my life in this province, as you want to keep me out of yours, I would gladly do so.