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Atheism and the Desecration of Life


Planned Parenthood crimes and a simultaneous "right to die" campaign expose a complete irreverence for human life. But we should not be surprised. The decline in religiosity is responsible for the desecration of human life.

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Throughout the month of July, a series of videos were released exposing Planned Parenthood executives detail how they "crush" babies and subsequently harvest and sell their organs. Meanwhile, just last week news broke that "Dr. Death" plans to gas members of an audience in Edinburgh, Scotland as part of his "right to die" campaign.

Taken together, we've witnessed the desecration and irreverent harvesting of humanity at the start of life and the extermination of humanity at the end of life all in the span of a month.

But should we really be that surprised?

Anti-abortion activists hold a rally opposing federal funding for Planned Parenthood in front of the U.S. Capitol July 28, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)

Infamous atheist academic Richard Dawkins has painstakingly and enthusiastically noted the decline of religiosity in society. Calling this phenomenon "The Great Decline," Dawkins notes that, over the past 15 years, "the drop in religiosity has been twice as great as the decline of the 1960s and 1970s." As an atheist, Dawkins celebrates this.

Another atheist -- a more intellectually honest atheist -- observed a similar decline during the turn of the 19th century. In the 19th century, German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche proclaimed "God is Dead." But this intellectually honest atheist was wise enough to predict the consequences of such a proclamation. Nietzsche observed that, because God died in the 19th century, the 20th century would be the bloodiest century on record.

Indeed, Nietzsche was right. Not only was the 20th century the bloodiest century, more humans lost their lives in the 20th century than all of the previous 19 centuries combined.

Ironically, Nietzsche's writings were a foundational text for Adolf Hitler, who distributed Nietzsche's work to his fellow dictators, Benito Mussolini and Joseph Stalin. At the epicenter of the carnage of World War II was Nietzsche's harrowing announcement that God was Dead, and along with it a large faction of humanity.

You see, as Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias observes, in the absence of belief in a moral lawgiver, there is no moral law. In the absence of moral law derived from some existential universal truth, our laws and our morality rests on little more than subjectivity.

When observing the horrid news coming out about Planned Parenthood and the right to die movement, the proponent of subjective moral reasoning is forced to grapple with the following questions: Why is it wrong to harvest the organs of what could have been viable human babies for profit? Why is it wrong to gas audience members in a celebratory sideshow of death?

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The theist can readily answer these questions: God created human life; Every human life is a reflection of God and thus deserving of respect; Therefore, it is wrong to harvest human organs for profit, and it is likewise wrong to gas human beings in a sideshow of death on a stage in Edinburgh.

The atheist, however, is forced to engage in a vain attempt to explain why these actions are wrong without reference to an overarching moral law or, worse, accept the fact that is perfectly fine to treat the beginning or end of life with such disdain. Sadly, the pro-choice and pro-right-to-die movement have opted to do the latter.

Further emphasizing this same logic, Zacharias asks quite pointedly: "If the murder of innocents is wrong, it is wrong not because science tells us it is wrong but because every life has intrinsic worth -- a postulate that atheism simply cannot deduce. There is no way for... an atheist to argue for moral preferences except by his own subjective means... For [an atheist] to convince us that Hitler was wrong to do what he did, he has to borrow from an objective moral framework to support his point."

This is the truth of a world without God: We are left to our own subjectivity, and as the 20th century demonstrates, that has rather dire and bloody consequences.

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