Matt Walsh writes:
After reports a few weeks ago that aborted babies are burned to heat hospitals in the UK, today we get this: going to the most trusted sources of news, once again
The remains of aborted humans are being shipped to a US power facility, in order to provide electricity to Oregon residents.
The British Colombia Health Ministry has confirmed that ‘medical waste’ is sent to our country to be converted to electricity in waste-to-power plants. ‘Medical waste,’ in this brave new world of ours, includes amputated limbs, cancerous tissue, and the bodies of murdered children.
I don’t have any long tirade for you. I just need you to understand what’s happening here in your one nation under God. We are incinerating slaughtered babies so that we can charge our iPhones and power our televisions. You got from "medical waste is being converted to electricity" to "abortion occurs for the express purpose of providing electricity"? You are the agile master of logical leaps!
If we displace a few caribou to build a pipeline, or disadvantage a couple of dolphins to drill for oil, the public outrage cannot be contained. The deaths of these adults and fetuses are not caused by the process of obtaining electricity. In fact, their actual deaths have nothing to do with what happens afterward. Therefore, these are not analogous scenarios. The cries of injustice and eco-treason can be heard across the land. But using the corpses of dead kids like firewood? Well, that’s just a practical cost-saving measure, now isn’t it?
While we are putting things in perspective, I will pose something for you, Matt. If someone burns a body that is already dead, your outrage cannot be contained. But removing social safety nets from poor children who have no other means of getting food? Well, that's just a practical cost-saving measure, now isn't it? (You have no problem supporting policies that are harmful to a majority of the world's population, but spend most of your time in a tizzy about fetuses and dead bodies.)
God help us. And God help the sick, perverted, psychopaths who can’t recognize this for the atrocity that it is. We kill these human beings, can’t we at least treat their bodies with dignity? Apparently you have never heard of cremation? Something else for you to be OUTRAGED about! Right?
Another note. My mom had a miscarriage. She cared very much for the life that was inside of her and even named the fetus. She still refers to it by name. However, she did not bury the fetus. No one buries their fetus. At least, I have never heard of it. People who get abortions are not inclined to bury their fetuses either. This is something that people do not do. It's not like this process is preventing the fetuses from getting a proper burial. They would be incinerated anyway because that is what people do with fetuses, whether you like it or not.
This touches on another point: there are a LOT of miscarriages, and it is not unreasonable to presume that much of the fetal material is from miscarriages. Fetal material does not equal abortion.
Finally, is contributing something (say, energy) to humanity really less dignified than decomposing in a hole in the ground, or being scattered in the ocean? You might be shocked - SHOCKED - to realize that microorganisms eat away your body and convert it into energy. So I guess it is more dignified to be used as energy for bacteria than for humans.
I read these stories and I remember the accounts of ancient pagans burning their children alive as a sacrifice to the god Moloch. Yes, good example. Because burning dead bodies is exactly the same as burning live bodies.
These are terrifying times. Don’t let yourself be too buried in piles of Tweets and selfies and Netflix binges to notice that the ship is sinking straight to hell.
In our comfort and our apathy, we scoff and say, ‘ah, it can’t be that bad.’
But it is that bad.
And it will only get worse from here if we don’t wake up.
Update: LifeSiteNews reports that the Marion County Board of Commissioners have announced that the practice of burning aborted babies for power will be stopped immediately. They claim that they were unaware of the practice, but will not put it to an end.
This is a positive development, but it does not make this story any less outrageous.
A response to the dismissive “what’s the big deal?” comments:
Look, if you don’t believe in God, and you reject the sanctity of life, and you believe that we are all nothing but a collection of random molecules, then I suppose I can’t really explain why the body of a deceased human ought to be treated with dignity. Particularly if you accept and promote abortion, I can’t tell you why dead bodies should be treated with respect, when you don’t even think living bodies should be treated with respect.
All I can do, in your case, is appeal to that natural instinct, that voice inside your head — “conscience,” it’s called — that tells you cannibalism is depraved, even if the person is already dead. What we have here is a form of Industrial Age cannibalism: using dead bodies for fuel.
All I can do is remind you that, God forbid, if your child died, or your mother, or you sister, you would be outraged in the very pit of your being if someone spit on their corpse, or defiled it in someway. By your professed logic, the act shouldn’t bother you. After all, you say, that body isn’t them. They’re gone. They are nothingness now. They don’t exist. What does it matter?
But we both know that it does matter. The only difference is that you don’t understand WHY it matters, or else you pretend not to, whereas I, and many other commenters on here, do.
I know it’s awfully cool and terribly trendy to carry on like materialistic utilitarians who scoff at totally outdated and completely old fashioned concepts like dignity and decency. I know we have this habit nowadays of thinking a thing is pointless if it can’t be ‘used’ in some manner. And, if a thing can be used, then we tend to say that it should be used, just on the principle that useless things have no right to take up space on this planet. But, again, deep in my heart, I know that deep in your heart you see this attitude for the vacant, hollow, lie that it is.
Yes, the body of a deceased human is useless. Yes, it can, apparently, be converted into electricity and, yes, electricity is useful. Yes, and so what? The Mona Lisa is useless, should we chop it up for firewood? Your grandmother isn’t nearly as useful as she once was, should we send her the farm to be put down? Music is useless, should we throw all the guitars and pianos into the inferno also?
No? Then maybe, just maybe, you really DO understand that sometimes the value of a thing has no relation to its usefulness.
What I’m saying is this: the body of a deceased child is useless, yes. But it has value. It has dignity. It deserves to be treated with respect.
Now, to those who call themselves Christians but still make excuses for this practice: you should be ashamed. Truly, you should be ashamed. Our bodies and our souls are not two separate entities. Your exterior is not some fleshy shell. Your body and your soul are in harmony with one another, and the two, together, make you you. What makes me me is not confined to my body - it is much more than my body. In fact, the "body" does not exist as some discrete, unchanging whole. The organic material that made up my body when I was born belongs to the earth, or other organisms, today. Organic material is constantly being incorporated into and eliminated from my body. Even though materially my body is completely different today than it was when I was four, I am still the same person. Also, my body happens to be composed of more cells belonging to other organisms than cells that are just me. So, Matt, you clearly seem to be working with a concept of "body" that is much, much too simplistic.
Jesus Christ became man, and this act forever puts to rest the debate about whether or not the human body, in and of itself, deserves to be respected and treated with dignity. God Himself took its form, forever elevating that form to something sacred. End of discussion. The argument is settled.
You are a Christian, are you not?
In any case, Christian or Jew or Muslim or Atheist, we should all be, at the very least, civilized people.
Civilized people don’t burn dead babies for fuel. They just don’t. Heh, you should see the things civilized people do to each other...