According to the Olympic Charter, at least as proclaimed by Google, the “practice of sport” is a human right. That is to say, I suspect, that if you have enough leisure time to be bored, and you would rather do something sportive instead, no one should stop you. I don’t want to belittle the suffering of anyone, but I’m not sure I’m aware of any widespread sport prohibitions. Maybe they exist, but are hidden away. Hidden atrocities exist.
Like abortion, but we’ll come back to that.
At the very least we have two things. First is the affirmation of a belief in Human Rights at all. I’m always happy to know that people support human rights; especially as most of them do so irrationally. No religion but Christianity can support them. (Atheism certainly can’t, as is becoming increasingly apparent.) Non-Christians are clinging to a vestige. Perhaps that vestige will pull them back. At the very least, it’s a vestige I would prefer they keep, because my children have to grow up in this world.
Second we have the foundation of one of my favorite sorts of argument: the a fortiori. (Doesn’t everyone have a favorite sort of logical argument?) In very broad terms, a fortiori arguments work like this: if we are willing to grant one thing, we ought to be even more willing to grant some other more obvious thing. Thus: “You know it’s wrong to slap your brother, so you shouldn’t hit him with a chair!”
(We will for the moment pretend I have never had to say that.)
So, if human beings have the right to participate in things like the two man luge, clearly they have other more obvious rights, like the right to live even if they are unwanted, even if they are unhealthy, even if they are inconvenient, and even if someone else’s life is made more difficult by their living.
(And see, we’re back to abortion.)
Talking about abortion as a right “to choose” or a right to “have bodily autonomy” is flagrant misrepresentation. I don’t have the right to choose to kill someone else. My rights over my body don’t give me the right to kill someone else’s body.
Abortion advocates mostly know this though, so they try to portray the fetus as being somehow less than a “someone else.” Human rights are intended precisely to protect people from that sort of move. We don’t get to say that someone else doesn’t count, we don’t get to say that someone else doesn’t deserve rights, we don’t get to set standards about whom we protect and whom we abuse. Those standards are set for us, and set more strictly than is comfortable, precisely because we are all too comfortable with evil.
The last few posts I’ve tried to be objective and rational. Today I’m just angry. I would delete this all and try again, but that would be against the rules.
Not least of all, I’m angry about the level of exploitive rhetoric used by abortion proponents. They throw around deliberately inflammatory terms like “forced birth” and “a woman’s right to her body,” so that people react emotionally and don’t notice the treachery. They deliberately cloud the issue so that people won’t think about it. So that people won’t think about abandoning those who cannot defend themselves. Suddenly it’s not death, it’s liberty. They trick us into thinking that maybe the human beings we abandon don’t actually matter.
God help us. God help the ones we won’t help. God give them peace and a home with a Father that won’t reject them and leave them in the clutches of a monster.
We ought to be willing to die to save them. What have we become?