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Abortionists as Euphemists

Once you become a euphemist, all the other sins come just a little easier:

Most abortionists are euphemists. By which I mean merely, to quote Chesterton, “that short words startle them, while long words soothe them. And they are utterly incapable of translating the one into the other, however obviously they mean the same thing.”

If, for instance, you say to an abortionist, “The excessive burden upon the mother, particularly in light of the rights to autonomy, privacy and reproductive freedom, of an unplanned pregnancy precludes any ethical objections to surgically removing the products of pregnancy post-viability, but prior to completion of delivery,” a gentle, indeed a radiant smile will cross his face, and he will dose off as if to a lullaby.

Say, on the other hand, in a forceful, straight-forward way, “Crush the skulls and suck out the brains of your children!” and he will leap from his seat, startled and full of objections.

But the two sentences mean precisely the same thing.
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Anonymous said...

That's a really, really good point. Also explains why the highly educated, urbane, elite always fall for this BS when in plain speech it's abhorrent. Christ is King, but He's carpenter as well. Do we seriously live in a culture where our morality depends on how exotic our vocabulary is?!

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