I said, a little bit ago, that I had encountered a lot of fundamentalist Catholics of late and yes, they’re still at it. This time, in a discussion about children, someone brought up IVF treatments and one of our resident irrational Catholics declared that IVF was, in the view of the Catholic Church, immoral.
Of course, everyone started demanding that she justify her views, but in what has to be the most chickenshit move yet, she’s decided that she no is longer going to talk about her views, she gets criticized when she does, she’s just going to state them and never feel obligated to defend them ever again. After all, she isn’t there to take equal part in any discussions, she’s there to “learn” and occasionally throw out something absurd, which she then retreats to her little “I’m not talking about my beliefs” corner. This also happens to be a violation of the forum rules, you can’t refuse to answer questions, you must take part in the discussion equally, as I’ve pointed out, so we’ll see how long she lasts. In any case, she’ll just be replaced by another, equally clueless Catholic.
But anyhow, back to the IVF thing, she’s also taken a ton of pot shots at lots of things that the Catholic Church objects to and she automatically accepts as undeniable fact, she spends quite a bit of time sniping from the supposed sidelines, starting threads that she makes accusations in, but will not address objections to, etc. In fact, she makes so many unjustified and unsupported claims on morality, from her religion’s perspective, and then refuses to defend any of these claims, that I can’t help but feel that morality, actual, justified morality, isn’t her strong suit. Everything she wants to do is one-sided, she wants to make moral pronouncements, but the second anyone challenges any of those pronouncements, she’s in the wind.
This isn’t an uncommon thing either, you see all manner of apologists pulling this. They’re happy to tell you that everything you’re doing is immoral, but when it comes to answering responses, they have nothing much to say. They’ll scream at you and beat you over the head with the Bible, but they really have no answers for the questions they might get in return. It’s clear they have neither read nor understand 1 Peter 3:15, which says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” They have no answers and they know it, they just have irrational, unsupported, unjustified blind faith. I’d call ignoring your own religious book, a book that demands that you act contrary to your actions, pretty immoral, wouldn’t you?