"I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-Now the article is clearly about the way we treat children who are poor and disadvantaged once they are born. The article is not about abortion. The conservatives in my feed couldn't help but make it about that. You can read the entire thread here:
birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.”
David, a 20 something white Mormon male who lives in Provo, UT, entered into the discussion. What caught my attention was his application of Mormon theology. I am very familiar with his mind set here. I had just forgotten how twisted it can be.
In regards to the moral and up righteous, I was recognizing or trying to recognize that there are people of variable moral focuses. My point when using those words was that pretty much no matter what, if a woman who is raped and impregnated, of her own choice, decides to go through the pregnancy and raise the child, no one is going to come up to her and say "You are a terrible person, how dare you do what you just did, it was morally wrong for the following reasons:" because they would have no reasons. If you can come up with one please, go ahead and tell me. As for fertilization and conception, that is focused primarily in both my knowledge of biological science and religious belief. I believe that we were all spirits before we came into this mortal life. I believe we Volunteered to come into this mortal existence because it was only through experiencing mortality and being able to choose between right and wrong that we would be able to become more like our Heavenly Father, the father of our spirits. I believe that when conception occurs, when the ova and sperm cell combine, that that new cell which is now as capable of becoming an adult human being as a baby outside of the womb, is given to one of my spirit brothers and sisters who still lies beyond the veil. That body, though it be a single cell, is theirs, and just for us the moment it dies there goes all future chances for mortal experience in this life for them, they don't get another body. This is why the "It would be better if they don't get born in a terrible situation" argument doesn't work with me. I believe the(y) Volunteered, knowing full well what they were getting themselves into, to be put in that body.
Mormons believe we were all spirits in a pre-existence. The number of bodies are finite and were all conceived by a heavenly father (god) and a heavenly mother. It also could be a father and several mothers because polygamy is still alive and well in the afterlife. They are conceived mechanically the same way you and I were conceived by our parents. They gestate in the same way humans do now.
If a child dies in childbirth or in the womb it is considered to have lived its life. It has one chance to get a mortal body. That is it.
Here is where the theology becomes concerning: Mormons believe that we all choose to come to earth and to get a body. We knew, in some cases we would be born into challenging situations. Those might be:
- to a mother that was raped
- it might be in desperate poverty
- that might be with a physical or mental disability
- that might be with "same sex attraction"
What Mormon's fail to see is the disconnect in believing the above and the application of "free will" in this life. The life you chose was pre-determined. You knew you would be born to a woman who was raped. Therefore she had not choice but to be raped. The male who raped her had no choice. If they hadn't been complicit in their destiny you wouldn't be able to realize your own. They fail to see how it leads to "this life must be endured" mentality instead of "this life should be lived."
It is easy for David to regurgitate these teachings. It is much more difficult for him to think critically about what they really mean. This is the pernicious nature of Mormonism. It divorces the believer from critical thought... because that is the only way it can survive. It does that at the expense of the human condition and ultimately harms our humanity.