Don’t Call Pregnancy from Rape a Gift from God

Calling an unwanted pregnancy resulting from rape a something “God intended to happen” is just not right. The reasons are nearly innumerable. But here are a few.

Calling an unwanted pregnancy from rape a gift implies the rape was a gift as well. You can try to say, “Well, I abhor violence. I abhor rape. My god wouldn’t want that.” But even labeling the direct consequences of the violence perpetrated against a woman as what “God intended to happen” grants a divine dispensation to the rapist. Would you also claim, “This rapist wasn’t too bad since he allowed God to bless her?” I think not (unless you are crazy). Separating the pregnancy from the rape that started it is impossible for many women. So until your god starts impregnating women against their will at random, you should probably refrain from equating unwelcome pregnancy by sexual assault with heavenly benefaction.

Calling an unwanted pregnancy from rape a “gift from God,” and using that to defend a position that bans abortion even in cases of rape and incest, turns women into slaves. Forcing rape victims to carry a rapist’s baby (and in many cases, share custody with him) is the ultimate form of reproductive coercion by the state. A lot of people have never hear the term reproductive coercion. Forcing a woman to bear children against her will facilitates her ensnarement in a subservient position to her abuser – or in this case, the rapist. It is government-sanctioned abuse. This isn’t 80s Romania – this is the Unites States of America! Allowing the state to assume authority over a citizen’s body – be that citizen male, female, pregnant or not – is contrary to The Constitution of the United States and contrary to what Americans expect of their government.

Finally, forcing women to bear children against their will because it is your “God’s will” is forcing your religious beliefs on that woman. If you don’t want to have an abortion, don’t have one. If you don’t like the morning after pill, don’t take it. If you think women should just deal with the risks and unalterable physical changes that pregnancy brings with it, then by all means, bear down.

But don’t for one second think that your religious beliefs should be the standard borne by all Americans. Don’t for a moment think that everyone is obligated to serve your god by laying down their own right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness because an reprobate didn’t understand what “NO” meant. And don’t you ever rest in your cozy little bed believing women will just “lay down and take it.”

Because you bet your ass we won’t.

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10 Reasons Being an Atheist Is Not Depressing

Why would someone assume that the resolution of life’s meaning in the absence of a god could lead to such a sorrowful existence? I mean, most atheists I know are too busy questioning everything to be sad all the time.

If you are an atheist, you’ve probably heard more than a few times some theist lamenting about how sad it is. Some even deign to suggest one be agnostic, because atheism is so depressing. To me, it’s such a conundrum. Why would someone assume that the resolution of life’s meaning in the absence of a god could lead to such a sorrowful existence? I mean, most atheists I know are too busy questioning everything to be sad all the time.

What follows are 10 reasons atheism is not depressing. Let me know if you agree!

Reason #1: I am not a sinner.

I can disrespect my parents. Or I can treat them like the wisdom fountain that they are. I can sleep around. Or I can be monogamous. It’s my choice! I don’t have to consult anyone or get the blessing of some guru or priest. I can do whatever the heck I want!

No matter what I do, I am not a sinner. Because sin doesn’t actually exist. Sin is just a made up concept that powerful men used to gain the trust and loyalty of the weak. What better way to ensure order when the majority of your people cannot read laws. Burn the heretics and tell the rest that they’ll burn in a fiery furnace and miss out on raping 37,000 “virgins”. Whatever, dude.

Reason #2: I never have to feel guilty.

Since I’m not a sinner, I never feel like I’ve failed some imaginary test. I actually feel pretty good about most things. Since there is no sin, theres nothing to feel guilty about. And since I’m a pretty good person (I’m not out there robbin’ and stealin’), I don’t carry around any guilt about mistreating people either.

Sometimes I do feel guilty. Like when I told my boss I hadn’t had a haircut when I had, in fact, had a haircut two weeks prior only it took him that long to notice. Oh, and also when on Administrative Assistants’ Day I had a piece of both cakes AND a cookie. Oh but that Tiramisu was SO worth it!

Reason #3: No waiting around

If I want something, I get off my ass and take it. I make it happen. I win it myself. I work for it. Why would I pray to anyone to get what I need? The idea of putting my faith in someone else to attain my own goals seems thoroughly preposterous.

Reason #4: Giving for giving

I can give because I want to, not because I have to. In my mind, the application of an organization of religious principles are moot. I judge an organization on impact and efficiency only. I don’t have give to any certain organization to be good enough. I just give because it’s the right thing to do – help others live the best life they can. It’s the only one they get.

Reason #5: No heaven

It may sound weird, but knowing there is no heaven lets me appreciate the gift that is this life. We are the universe’s biggest coincidence. In that we are so lucky. The finality of my Earthly existence is the perfect motive for an exceptionally satisfying life.

Reason #6: No church

Ha ha ha! I don’t have to go to church. I know you’re jealous.

Oh, and I can crack a beer before 11 a.m. on a Sunday since there’s no guilt too. It took me 16 years to get out of THAT one!

Reason #7: Focusing on family

I love holidays. Halloween, the 4th of July, International Women’s Day,  Yule, New Year’s Day – I love them all. But what I love the most is spending time away from work and with my family. Forget the distractions! I don’t waste my time in church. I’d rather waste my valuable time watching my family mill about, eating turkey and letting little kids climb all over me.

Reason #8: A scientific approach

The idea that social life today should adhere to tenets of a society that existed thousands of years ago is ludicrous and, quite frankly, very scary. Deviation from such practices has increased the quality of life for everyone on the planet. A face-value examination of the biological and sociological progress of humanity yields countless case studies on how progression away from superstition (such as the ridiculous idea that women are of inferior intellect, or the belief that illness is a scourge from god) has lengthened human life expectancy and eliminated diseases.

Letting go of unsubstantiated truths allows one to focus on indubitable facts and credible theory. The ability to examine evidence and scrutinize without preconception makes one truly wise.

Reason #9: Unfettered imagination

For thousands of years, humanity has been on the cutting edge of discovery. We have expanded human knowledge and collected obsessive quantities of data. Mental flexibility opens our minds up to believe in an unimpeded universe.

Maybe massively evolved giant cockroaches will drop anchor on Earth next week and eat us all. When that happens, I sure won’t be praying. I’ll be too busy surviving.

Reason #10:  An iron grip on reality

While all these atheistic musings are really great, there is probably none greater than knowing. Being sure you know what is real is extremely freeing. The need to question oneself dissolves. Without self doubt, the real question becomes, “How far will I go?”

Now, let’s just hope we’re not all plugged into The Matrix.