(Tim) Really, what more is there to say about "If my father were still alive, he'd have converted to Eastern Orthodoxy" Franky Schaeffer? His trajectory was set twenty-five years ago with little but dishonor and shame since. Here's the latest in that line, taken from a piece he wrote for the Huffington Post (ephasis in the original). Yes, I know Franky's larger argument is to move the Democratic Party toward electability by getting them to distance themselves from the albatross of late term abortion, but the context of this piece is immaterial to me as I remember Francis Schaeffer while reading these words...
I have argued here in the Huffington Post that I consider myself pro-life (though I believe abortion must also be legal) and yet I am an avid supporter of Senator Obama. ...More than thirty years after helping to launch the evangelical pro-life movement I am filled with bitter regret for the unintended consequences. Mea culpa!
...To most Americans--including me--it is gut-check self-evident that a fertilized egg is not a person, because personhood is a lot more than a collection of chromosomes in a Petri dish or in the womb.
Perception is reality in politics, maybe in ethics too. And to many Americans the Democrats, at least in perception, adopted an absolutist pro-choice platform, guaranteed to alienate many reasonable and compassionate people who would otherwise allow some abortions and be on the Democrat's side on almost all the other issues of the day from gay rights to stopping the Iraq war.
It seems to me that there will always be a need for some abortions to terminate pregnancies gone wrong. Sometimes compassion means saying yes to a thirteen-year-old who has been molested or raped. Whatever her fundamentalist parents want she must have the right to an abortion.
So, we're to understand Franky believes in the necessity of abortion remaining legal; also "gay rights;" also a thirteen year old girl's freedom to kill her unborn child against the will of her "fundamentalist" father and mother.
Those who love Francis and Edith Schaeffer might consider backing into Franky's tent and covering him with a blanket. The man seems incapable of behavior honoring the Fifth Commandment.