This one has been kicking around in the back of my skull for nearly a year. I thought it would slip away like other stupid issues, but this one one kept coming back as I found it repeated at other locations. Finally, I felt it necessary to at least rebut the wet-dreams of a Catholic idiot.
As a newspaper reporter I developed the terse style of writing common to most print scribers. Rarely did a story warrant more than a few graphs and a couple of shots as anchors. Moving into the realm of research and religion, I found pages populated by sentences that were not only overly long, but also struggled to maintain a reasonable train of thought. Nevertheless, I joined. This type of writing is based on arguments and information supporting those positions. Now that my writing has been mutilated and dumbed-up. I engage the world of academia on a peripheral basis. I have taken on the task of trying to make sense of an extended screed by African American Catholic Priest and Notre Dame Alum, the Reverend John J. Raphael.
An article, "Silent No More: A Major Crisis in the African-American Community, “by Rev. John J. Raphael, is the type of dishonest and transparent work that plagues pro-life arguments and makes them even more difficult to take seriously because of their helter-skelter approach to valid research and enormous waste of paper during a time when conservation effects nearly every individual on the plant. The lack of intellectual exercise demonstrated in "Silent No More" is an embarrassment to Raphael and the University of Notre Dame of which Raphael is an alumnus.
Hypocrites are the bane of civil society in that they speak loudly of motes and beams affecting other's vision while missing the logs in their own eyes. The Pro-Life crowd generates enormous amounts of smoke with their concern for life when it comes to abortion, but in reality, their only concern is for birth—PERIOD! After a birth, they stow away their placards, hand-lettered signs and go wherever it is that hypocrites go to pat themselves on the back. One place they surely avoid is anywhere where true responsibility and real lives are at stake.
Speaking recently at Howard University, Father John J. Raphael, spoke of the methods used to perform abortions with the clear intent of creating a verbal horror movie when talking about potential life, saying that the African American community could have another 13 million in population if not for abortion. Obviously, Raphael keeps his head in the sand when doing social observation otherwise he would be aware that current circumstances show blacks with the highest rates of unemployment, the least insured, the highest rates of poverty, the highest rates of crime, the highest infant mortality rates, the most pre-term fetal deaths, the most high school dropouts and a list of other pathologies that would only be exacerbated by an additional 13 million people.
Life is about living, not the few moments when a child comes into the world, but an entire life. It costs money to have a healthy baby and requires things like prenatal care, proper diet, birthing classes and preparation items such as, diapers, baby food and more. That is life! Waiting for adoption? Who pays the cost for the mother’s extended care until the baby is adopted? On the absurd cheap, it cost at least $.5 million over 18 years to rear a child, including a lowly $250 a month for food and $300 a month for rent, which in today's society is hardly enough for a card board box and a diet of hotdogs and beans.
Going back to the births they so vociferously desire, it would seem such a sincere group would be there to pitch in; unfortunately, that is not the case. In fact, once a baby enters the world the Pro-Life contingent is ready to leave considering their job done, but life is just beginning for mother and child, while pro-lifers constantly vote down social programs for the babies they fought so hard to bring into the world.
As usual, when it comes to doing something other than pontificating on the finer points of biology, population shifts, and verbal horror movies and, of course, God their actions prove less than life sustaining. Arguments using these tactics reveal the weakness of their case and combined with their failure to act in other areas of life that affects everything they purport to do bares the flimsy position called Pro-Life.
The Phantasmagoric World of Fr. John J. Raphael
"I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.” —Mark Twain
Do you know what the leading cause of death in the African American Community since 1973 is? Think about it for a minute. Is it heart disease-2,266,789 deaths since 1973, cancer-1,638,350, or accidents-370,723? Is it AIDS-203,695, or violent crimes-306, 313? There is one possibility that is often overlooked. It happens 1452 times a day in our community. It has taken over 13 million Black lives within the last 30 years. It has taken 1/3 of our present population. What is it? Abortion.
From the start Raphael starts his campaign of deception claiming abortion is the highest cause of death in the black community which not just a misrepresentation, it is a blatant and self-serving lie. For the record heart disease is still the highest killer of black people of all ages. Operating in an apparent altered state Raphael claims 13 million black lost their lives since 1973.
With those types of numbers it would seem, the Center for Disease Control, the Surgeon General Office and the American Medical Association would be working around the clock to solve the problem. They aren't and with good reason, no such epidemic exists. Raphael is gestating how many potential people might be born. Even pretending to give some kind of credence to such fraud, there is no adjust taking into account 10% of all births result in death outside the world. Nor is the number of spontaneous abortion considered or the 5% of premature deaths. No, Raphael tries to make an accepted and legal procedure into Dr. Mengele's death camp, but in dealing in the world of facts, almost doesn't count nor can facts be manufactured to fit a point of view.
Don't believe it? Well, you don't have to, but you would be a fool not to do so because the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided the tragic statistics. According to the CDC, since 1973, the year of the Supreme Court Decision Roe vs. Wade, 13 million (13,000,000) African American lives have been lost to abortion. Playing fast and loose with figures from the CDC Raphael claims that 13 million black lives have been lost since the Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion. The CDC says no such thing; rather it presents an aggregate count of the abortions received by black women.
He reports a few facts accurately such as the CDC reports that of the approximately 4,000 abortions that are performed daily in the United States, 1452 of them are performed on African American women. This means that although African Americans represent only 12% of the population of the United States, they account for 35% of the abortions performed in this country.
A Crisis in Honesty
In an effort to paint a grim picture about a volatile subject Raphael results to words like slaughter and speaks of non-person as a breathing human being. Even the Bible supports the idea that a newborn is a person that breathes. If any of Raphael’s fact manipulation were true, the jails would be full, but they aren't and that is because Raphael has delusions of honesty.
Even scraping in the excrement from beneath the barrel ties the Civil Rights movement to his crusades saying, blacks have abandoned the cause leaving the lives of innocent, defenseless pre-born African Americans without help. Even granting Raphael the skills of a biologist, physiologist or medical doctor, his description of a fetus as a pre-born gives lie to the weak claims he posits as arguments. Raphael even tries to inflame by tying the Dred Scott and Plessey Ferguson to his holy fantasy. His phantasmagoric story telling even reaches back to Brown vs. the Topeka Board Education; topping it off with the maraschino cherry of 3/5 of a man clause that relegated black to just a portion of humanity.
There is no end to the depth of Raphael’s shallowness as he dredges up the most horrific descriptions his inflamed mind can muster in a Wes Craven attempt to scare the audience into “doing the right thing.” Let's see if the Saturday night borrow movie might work delivery of afterbirth, the shit, piss, guts, blood. Again scare tactics that miss the entire point
The Living Dead
With such an abiding concern for life, perhaps, Raphael would do well to consider some real numbers. At this moment, there are more than .6 million homeless families in the United States. Even more startling is that 3-5 million poverty-stricken families live in high crime areas where murder is a daily occurrence. Currently, nearly 50 million Americans or one in five live in poverty. Speaking of abortion, more than 10 percent of pregnancies end in spontaneous abortion and another half million are named pre-term deaths. A large part of this dastardly record comes from poorly nourished mothers, which results in high infant mortality rates. Poverty increases risks for children including low birth weight, premature delivery, asthma, learning problems and other health issues.
The list of health related birth issues does not end there as the number of Americans lacking dependable access to adequate food shot up last year to 49 million, the largest number since the government has been keeping track. Almost 30 percent of African-American and Latino children and more than 40 percent of low-income children live in homes that do not have access to nutritionally adequate diets.
Lack of Abortion Services May be a Sign of Lack of Care for Life
Of industrialized countries, the United States ranks first as the most religious. However, what is said and what is done are two entirely different things as Christians are the largest users of abortion services in the country. Public health experts look at infant mortality in calculating the quality of a country's healthcare system. The United States frequently ranks behind other industrialized countries because of high infant mortality rates.
The United States ranks 30th in infant mortality rates, which is an important measure of a country's quality of healthcare. According to the NCHS, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “the United States ranked 30th in the world in infant mortality, behind most European countries, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and Israel." The report added that, "One in 8 births in the United States were born preterm, compared with 1 in 18 births in Ireland and Finland." "The percentage of preterm births in the United States has risen 36 percent since 1984."
According to the report if the United States had Sweden's distribution of births by gestational age, nearly 8,000 infant deaths would be averted each year and the U.S. infant mortality rate would be one-third lower. The March of Dimes, a charity specializing in birth defects and problems, estimates that more than 540,000 U.S. babies are born early—before 37 weeks' gestation—each year.
Rev. Raphael, do the world a favor and crawl back beneath the rock you live under in the primordial ooze next to the dinosaur parked outside with the chickens, cows and your neighbors.