Last week we started to take a look at how some in the feminist movement value the ‘right’ to an abortion even over life itself. But just as demeaning is the dismissal of dignity over the ability to terminate life through an abortion. Women as the purveyors of life should be granted the highest of respect…that’s part of God’s plan (God’s politics). But what about women who disrespect themselves in the name of abortion? In 1998, Nina Burleigh, Time magazine’s former White House correspondent, put it a succinctly…a disgustingly.. as anyone ever has as she defended Bill Clinton from charges of sexual harassment. Please excuse the language but I must use her quote to get the point across on what some women will do and say to protect the ‘right’ to legally take a life…’man’s politics’. Burleigh said,”I would be happy to give him a blowjob just to thank him for keeping abortion legal. I think American women should be lining up with their presidential knee-pads on to show their gratitude for keeping the theocracy (God’s politics) off our backs.” Nine years later she remained unapologetic. In 2007 she wrote an article for Huffington Post. Her comments included,”I thought it was high time for someone to tweak the white, middle-aged beltway gang taking Clinton to task for sexual harassment. The insidious use of sexual harassment laws to bring down a president for his pro-female politics was the context in which I spoke.” In what sense was Bill Clinton “pro-female”? Clinton received oral sex in the oval office from a twenty-two year old intern. When the story became public, Bill and his wife attacked the intern as being delusional and a “stalker”. The ensuing publicity destroyed this intern’s life. The “pro-female” Clintons never apologized to her or even indicated any remorse. Then a series of women who were partisan Democrats who had once supported Clinton and his agenda came forward accusing him of sex crimes, including groping, assault and forcible rape. This was not done in secret but on camera in public and in some cases under oath. Their claims were bolstered with evidence. The Clinton ‘trolls’ immediately attacked calling the women greedy proles saying they were the kind of women who show up “when you drag a $100 bill through a trailer park”. One would believe that the the women who still believed in the values of The Feminine Mystique would have been gravely offended since there is no greater offense than attacking self-described victims of sexual assault. Yet feminist groups remained silent while this ‘hero’ of the “pro-female” movement dismissed the women as dishonest and hysterical. How can this be? Simple! Clinton had vetoed two partial-birth abortion bans. That was enough to exempt him from criticism, even if it meant innocent women were slandered. Abortion isn’t something that matters to feminist. It’s all that matters. It excuses anything. This is just one example of how ‘man’s politics’ have displaced ‘God’s politics’ and how the church divorcing itself from politics can ‘painlessly’ allow it to happen.
Unfortunately examples in politics don’t end there. Another staunch defender of the feminist movement managed to make his way into the news headlines. In the summer of 1969 Senator Ted Kennedy went to a party on a small island adjacent to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Just before midnight he left with a young unmarried aide named Mary Jo Kopechne. Exiting Chappaquiddick he ‘accidentally’ drove off the side of a narrow bridge into a tidal canal. The car landed upside down. He swam to safety leaving Mary Jo in the car to die. He fled the scene, afraid of being charged with drunk driving, and failed to notify authorities. The next morning Mary Jo was found by fishermen. Law enforcement divers estimated that she survived a few hours in an air pocket before suffocating. Had this ‘champion of women’ called for help she could have been saved. One would think this very incident would have caused him to find much disfavor with feminists. But no, he was an absolutist on legal abortion…”man’s politics” that had displaced “God’s politics”. Abortion was more important than the killing of an individual woman. When he died in 2009, feminists celebrated his life. The Huffington Post ran an article asking, “What would Mary Jo have thought of Ted’s career.” Mary Jo was no longer a victim but an abortion martyr…such was the priority that feminists placed on the legal ability to ‘murder’ the unborn.
One might think it’s the ‘trailer park trash’ that is most in favor of this privilege to murder the unborn. But no. This American feminism is not a ‘blue-collar’ phenomenon at all. Next week we will look at the prominent figures who are behind this push to put ‘man’s politics’ in place of God’s, and their lack of perspective on real oppression.
– Bob Munsey