Whoopi Goldberg has caused quite a stir for her recent comments on the View in which she compares a person’s right to have an abortion with the right to celebrate Christmas.
Mrs. Goldberg’s comments were obviously made in the heat of the moment, which is not to excuse or endorse her sentiments by any stretch of the imagination, but it is to say that maybe these words were not well thought out and said somewhat recklessly. So I extend that grace because I know if every word I ever spoke in the heat of my own “moments” were recorded live on TV, I’d be in a heap of trouble myself.
Maybe she’ll apologize or at least give further explanation to what she meant, but in either case, I only speak grace and love to her as I aspire to do so to all people, especially those who see this world differently than I do. I strive to live judgment free.
However, while it is not my right to judge a person, it is my freedom to disagree with a line of thinking. Here is why I disagree with Whoopi’s statement.
The Christmas Story
The hero of the Christmas story is a teenage girl who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant. If that’s not bad enough, this girl has been impregnated by someone other than her betrothed. Undoubtedly, this young girl faces public shaming, ridicule and ostracism for her pregnancy out of wedlock. Yet, she continues to choose life and give birth. (Thank God in Jesus’ name that Mary was pro-life!)
The villain of the Christmas story is a guy by the name of Herod who was so insecure about the birth of a Jewish king that he ordered for all children two and under to be killed. (See Matthew 2:13-17) Here is what is said happened as a result of this mad man’s edict:
“A voice is heard in Ramah,
weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted,
because they are no more.” (Matthew 2:18)
Do you hear it? Mothers were weeping and mourning because their children were being murdered. Can somebody say infanticide?
Why Whoopi Was Wrong – Dead Wrong
And here is why I believe Whoopi’s comments were in error. Christmas is a story about life. It is about God’s choice to give us life and his choice to redeem our lives through the birth of a baby. The choice to have an abortion and the choice to celebrate Christmas have nothing in common because one is a human choice for death and the other a divine choice for life.
The one thing celebrating Christmas and having an abortion do have in common (which may be Whoopi’s point) is that they both involved choice. The thing Whoopi does not realize is that they are extreme opposites in terms of the types of choice – one is a choice to celebrate life and the other…not so much.
Christmas is all about life. Abortion is all about _________. The juxtaposition of these two concepts is at best a case of serious ignorance.
I’d go so far as to say that Christmas is indisputably the most pro-life holiday of all time. In fact, in my humble opinion, it would be near impossible for a rationally minded individual to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and at the same time be pro-choice! To hold both beliefs in parallel would cause a serious case of cognitive dissonance. While I cannot fathom how a logically minded person, free from the emotions of the topic of abortion, could rationally hold both a pro-choice position and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, I am open enough to hear anyone’s justification of both. Feel free to post.
So Whoopi, this Christmas, please remember that the most valuable gift of all is the gift of your own life. And while you stated that you are not a religious person, at least have the dignity and honor to thank your mother this Christmas because of her choice for life.
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