Monthly Archives: January 2013

Is Having Sex Also Consent to Having a Baby?

choice2013I wanted to revisit a conversation I once witnessed between @juliewashere, a Twitter user and founder the Golden Coat Hanger, a blog on feminist and abortion issues, and @KatyPundit (who is male and named David; so much for my uncanny ability to guess gender using forum aliases).  It was almost two years ago and before I knew about WordPress’s supercool feature to reprint tweets in graphical format, so I have only text copies of the tweets involved.

I wanted to revisit the conversation because this is a line of argument that has always bugged me in regard to pro-choice folks.  They don’t think that sex necessarily must equal a baby.  While that is true, the fact is that a baby is a potential result of sex, and murder is not an appropriate method to deal with said consequence.

Julie asked when she gave consent to pregnancy, and David told Julie, “You gave consent when you spread em open.” Julie responded:

that’s consent to sex, and ONLY sex.

David replied, “LOL, Sex makes babies. At least that’s how MY kids got here… U came by Stork?” And Julie responds with a disconnect between sex and pregnancy:

no, pregnancy makes babies, and it takes several months.

What does Julie think causes pregnancy?  I’m not sure.  But I want to take a moment to ponder her position that consent to sex is consent to the physical act, and thus not tacit consent to pregnancy.  Since there was no consent to pregnancy, this entitles the pregnant woman to terminate the unwanted pregnancy.

Let’s apply this to another situation.

If I needed a ride home from work, and one of my employees was kind enough to offer a ride, does that means I consent only to the ride home?  Well, actually, it means I give tacit approval to whatever happens on the ride home — whether I like it or not.  In other words, I can’t roll a d20 against my intelligence and disbelieve something I don’t like away.

For example, if the employee ran a red light and another car crashed into my side of the car, paralyzing me from the waist down.  A grim outcome to be sure, and I can seek monetary damages against the employee for medical expenses and rehab.  But I can’t wish the paralysis away.

In a way, abortion is the magic disbelieve roll.  “I’m not ready,” or “I don’t want to be a parent yet,” or any of the other excuses (and they are excuses) one manufactures.  The fact of the matter of is sex is tacit consent to pregnancy, since pregnancy is a possible result of sex.  We are taught in grade school that that is the case, so there isn’t an excuse for not knowing.

Sex ==> Pregnancy ==> Baby

Divorcing pregnancy and parenthood from sex is a myth of our modern age, and abortion reinforces that myth.  That is a very serious issue, and it comes to the forefront each year on this dark anniversary.

The Best Way to Decide the Existence of God

I think that this is the best way for atheists and Christians to finally settle our differences.

Where I’ve Been Lately

It has been almost a month since I’ve posted anything substantive on this blog.  That is, perhaps, the longest silence since its founding in 2006.  Some of you have probably been wondering where I’ve been.  Or, crossing your fingers that I left the blogging game for good, another casualty in cyberspace moved on to better things.  Like real life, for example.

Not the case.  Sigh in relief, or facepalm, depending on which camp you were in.  I’ve just been shifting the focus a bit, writing more fiction rather than apologetic-related material.

I was first inspired to write in seventh grade, when my dad introduced me to the old Twilight Zone series.  Its creator, Rod Serling, wrote over three-quarters of the original episodes.  They are exceptionally well-written, and I had never before considered that there were real people behind the books and the TV shows that I loved.  For the first time I thought that I might be able to turn some of the stories circling my head into a book.

So I wrote bad fan fiction, because I think that’s where everyone starts.  I wrote a first-person account of adventures through my favorite video games with me recast as the hero and the girl I crushed on at the time as the damsel in distress (a mark of bad fan fiction called the self-insert).

I also adapted several ghost stories I found in spooky anthologies.  I created some of my own, always with Twilight Zone twist endings.

That, by the way, gets old fast.  The more you try to do Twilight Zone endings, the harder it gets to come up with original twists and original stories to support those twists.

I continued to write stories throughout junior high and high school.  Some for school credit, most just for fun.  Mercifully, it has all been lost because I’m sure it was terrible.

When I became serious about writing seven years ago, I wrote nothing but nonfiction until about six months ago.  Then, inspired by the dark reboots of my childhood favorite series on the big (Transformers, GI Joe) and small screen (Thundercats), I thought, “Why couldn’t I do that?”

So, I went back to writing fiction.  Some fan fiction, some original.  A sampling:

  • Inspired by The Avengers, I’m working on a 12-issue comic book series that weaves all of my kids’ favorite Disney characters into a single story
  • My wife was interested in a crossover episode of the TV shows Without a Trace and Criminal Minds
  • Four slackers try to win a radio contest asking for incontrovertible proof that aliens exist, but the kids get more than they bargained for with government assassins on their trail
  • A gaming group that always talked about one more campaign is reunited after 20 years at their DM’s funeral; and his will has them running through a four-part real-life campaign
  • Some kids hack the cloud back-ups of their favorite screenwriter’s unfinished screenplays and read a well-planned terrorist attack against a large city in one recent entry; imagine their surprise when the exact attack happens two days later!
  • A couple of Christian inspirational fiction stories
  • My own dark reboot of an 80s cartoon series in virtual seasons format (I’m not saying which cartoon — I haven’t made my final choice, but I have a few in mind that were likely forgotten by all but the geekiest among us)

As for this blog, I still plan to write material for it.  I will return to more frequent updates soon.  Meanwhile, I am also recycling some old or unpublished evergreen material for the Christian Apologetics Alliance blog, so you might want to follow that.  If not for me, then for the other exceptional minds that contribute.  God is truly blessing that ministry, and I’m happy to be a part of it.

So that’s that.  If you’re interested in the fiction (and hopefully you are), stay tuned.  I will keep readers abreast of where that stuff might be appearing (it won’t be here).  And more apologetic material is coming soon!

Philosophy’s Effect on Atheism vs. Theism

“It is true, that a little philosophy inclinineth man’s mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion.”

— Sir Francis Bacon