Here we go again, with the Chuck expressing shock, shock, that his “worldview” is perceived by the recipients of his tender loving counsel as hateful. How could anyone object to The Manhattan Declaration, he wonderingly asks, when it clearly includes “an affirmation that gays and lesbians possess a God-given, ‘profound, inherent, and equal dignity’?” As we pointed out here, including an “affirmation” that is directly contradicted by the presupposition that GLBT people are inherently broken and inferior is meaningless. It’s the equivalent of an “apology” that begins “I’m so sorry that you’ve chosen to be hurt by what I did.”
It’s not a surprise, then, to see in this essay a bizarre redefinition of the terms “good” and “evil” as Chuck attempts to defend Bishop Thomas Olmsted, who excommunicated a Catholic hospital, from this column by Nicholas Kristof:
The hospital’s offense? It had terminated a pregnancy to save the life of the mother. The hospital says the 27-year-old woman, a mother of four children, would almost certainly have died otherwise.
Bishop Olmsted initially excommunicated a nun, Sister Margaret McBride, who had been on the hospital’s ethics committee and had approved of the decision. That seems to have been a failed attempt to bully the hospital into submission, but it refused to cave and continues to employ Sister Margaret. Now the bishop, in effect, is excommunicating the entire hospital — all because it saved a woman’s life.
In the world according to Chuck, saving the woman’s life is “evil,” while Bishop Olmstead’s bullying is “good.” His actions are “obedient to God,” because “from the bishop’s point of view, St. Joseph’s did not demonstrate that the abortion was strictly required to save the woman’s life – the only morally acceptable reason for terminating a pregnancy.”
The hospital says that the woman “would almost certainly have died.” The bishop and Chuck Colson say that it failed to “demonstrate that the abortion was strictly required to save the woman’s life.” One must wonder what could have demonstrated this to the satisfaction of these pompous religious authorities, short of actually letting her die.
If I recall correctly, they once had a similar test to “demonstrate” that a woman wasn’t a witch: