This one involves the familiar creationist revulsion at the thought of being related to anything else on Earth — especially apes and monkeys, but it also involves the creationists’ opposition to abortion. (We assume that the daughters of creationists are as human as the rest of us, and they also have to deal with fertility problems, but such things are never discussed.) Anyway, abortion isn’t a topic we post about, because the comments quickly become chaotic, so we’ll ignore that and focus only on creationism.
One of our clandestine operatives — “Blue Grass” — alerted us to a new post from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. His little essay is titled Unborn Gorilla Considered a Baby, but Unborn Humans Considered Fetuses. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
I recently saw an interesting news item about a baby gorilla that was delivered via emergency C-section at the Bristol Zoo in England. What made this noteworthy to me was how the zoo curator and members of the veterinary team referred to the unborn gorilla.
[Hambo quotes from this news story:] They said, “[The mother gorilla] was becoming quite poorly and we needed to act fast in order to give the best possible treatment to mother and baby, and to avoid the possibility of losing the baby. … We also thought that the baby in her uterus was showing signs of being very unwell and in need of delivery.”
What’s wrong with that? Hambo explains:
Isn’t it interesting how this unborn gorilla is being referred to as a “baby” before it was born, not a “fetus” even though that’s technically the term for an unborn mammal? The zookeepers and veterinarians treated this unborn gorilla as if it had value even before it was born. Sadly, this dignity is withheld from millions of unborn human babies.
[*Groan*] Even among experts speaking about human pregnancies, the linguistic transition from embryo to fetus (roughly two months after fertilization) to unborn baby (likely to be viable if born prematurely) is a regarded as a continuum, with unclear distinctions. But ol’ Hambo is the holiest and wisest man in the world, so everything is known to him. He declares:
Instead of being seen as having inherent value and dignity just for being human, babies are seen as nothing more than an extension of a woman’s body, a clump of tissue, or some other dehumanizing term. So babies are legally murdered at the hand of an abortion doctor despite their humanness. This is tragic!
That’s probably Darwin’s fault. Let’s read on:
Now, this isn’t always the case. We are thankful for the doctors, nurses, and caregivers who work hard to save the lives of premature infants or babies who are born with disabilities or complications. We’re also thankful for the many pro-life organizations and clinics that provide hope and help to women and their unborn children around the world. Praise God for these people who value unborn life! In reality, pro-choice organizations should be called pro-death organizations.
Are those pro-life people all creationists? Hambo doesn’t discuss that. He continues:
Sadly, for many people today, the life of an animal seems to have more value than a human life. But humans have a special kind of inherent value that animals can never have because we alone are made in the very image of God [scripture reference]. Animals, though created and cared for by God as well, will never have the value of humans because they simply aren’t made in God’s image.
Right. Here’s more:
As Christians, we need to affirm the value of every human life — born or unborn. That value is so great that God’s Son stepped into history to pay the penalty for our sin so we could be redeemed!
Then he ends with a scripture quote. So we’re left wondering: What should have been done in the case of the pregnant, ailing gorilla? The news story said it had a life-threatening condition. Would Hambo have left it to die? He doesn’t say.
And we can’t help wondering: What about the millions of unborn humans whose pregnant mothers drowned during the Flood, while Noah and his family were merrily cruising around in the Ark? Wasn’t the Flood the biggest baby-killing event of all time? And doesn’t that mean that Hambo’s Ark “replica” is a monument to divinely ordained abortion?
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