The Rhetorical Tear Gas of Planned Parenthood

Jared Oliphint | July 17, 2015


The weary fight against our culture's quickening pace toward redefining humanity seems to be without end. Issues at the core of personhood—sexual identity, a right to life for the small and defenseless, an aspirational family structure—seem to be collapsing both outside and even inside the church. No longer are these mere abstract scenarios, theoretical moral puzzles to be solved as a mental exercise.

Though these ethical scenarios have now been concretely applied throughout our culture, they are still puzzles, and puzzles have rules—for both sides. And if we know what some of the rules are, we can blow the whistle on cheating when we see it.

Think of the rhetoric that systemically spewed through the culture after the recent Supreme Court decision—“Love Wins.” Love. Implied in “love wins” is that the minority opinion was against love. But love is not the central element of the marriage issue; no one is bound to love their potential spouse as a legally necessary condition for marriage. By taking the issue out of its specific focus on the definition of marriage, and hoisting it up into the bare, general, vague, and legally irrelevant concept of “love,” the discussion and conversation becomes cloudy, murky…


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