Gold Star Morality

Posted on January 28, 2013 by


Over at Zippy’s, the words are flying fast in the debate about the pro-life Stockholm syndrome. Here is one of my comments from the thread:

What we have sunk to is a “gold star” morality, in which refraining from horrendous sin earns you praise because we expect everyone to be absolutely depraved, just as reading a book gets students a gold star because we expect everyone to be illiterate.

Didn’t abort your child? Gold star for you!

Didn’t smother your aging grandmother with a pillow? Gold star for you!

Didn’t put poison in husband’s tea after finding out he has Parkinson’s? Gold star for you!

Didn’t kill yourself after a particularly bad year? Gold star for you!

We don’t even expect each other to refrain from engaging in murder anymore. I understand the pro-life desperation that drives this, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a backwards view of morality. It also doesn’t change the fact that we destroy our own moral argument by allowing the “pro-choicers” to frame the debate.

Talk amongst yourselves.

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