The good Rev. gives his own take on abortion and then gets into the recent unpleasantness between DJ! and the aggregator called 'Progressive Bloggers', starting with blogger Gordie the Wank.
It's solid. And even better -- it has a lovely description of Me that made sweetie cackle like a crazy person. (bold in original)
He [Gordie], and many others, were shocked and offended by the angry tone taken by Fern Hill. I think they were surprised at the vehemence with which she made her case and the abrasive tone she took, when they felt they fundamentally agree with her position. Having interacted with Fern Hill many times in the past, I will stipulate that she is definitely both vehement and abrasive and can seem to be very thin-skinned with a hair-trigger. (These are things I like about her, but more about that shortly)
I'm sure more than a few people felt Fern Hill and her supporters were overreacting and going after what looked like minuscule molehill-sized differences in approach between allies with a gigantic mountain-cracker thermonuclear shithammer. I mean, after all, abortion is legal. We all agree it should be legal. This is a settled matter, right?
And that is exactly the point. Why open a settled matter - one that was settled one agonizing step out of the Dark Ages at a time? Who does it possibly serve to discuss whether water is wet or the sky is blue or women have the right to make a choice? In the words of Billy Crystal: Why don't you just give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it? Yes, by all means let us discuss whether women can make choices, let us go tap dancing through that mine field!
No, Fern Hill's response - instantaneous angry indignation - to having supposed allies mention that they are open to discussing giving up her rights is pretty much pitch perfect and to be respected.
To lift the vocabulary of the other side, eternal vigilance is the price of freedom and extremism in the defence of liberty is no sin and all that jazz, because there is a slippery slope, this is the thin end of the wedge. By agreeing to any related discussion, we cede the notion that a woman right to choice is a settled matter.
I'd like to say thanks again to all the good people who came to our support. The price of eternal vigilance is frequently the feeling that one is in a really really small club.
It's grand not only to find the club is much bigger than one thought, but one's fellow and sister members are so AWESOME.