Reading the Headlines through a Gospel worldview 6-17-2019
The (worldview) front page
If the stories on the front page of the paper were chosen for their worldview significance, here’s what we’d be reading today:
Forbes is reporting that the American Medical Association is responding to an epidemic of violence against transgender community. Let’s dissect that. Forbes, a news source specifically designed to speak about and into business and financial concerns is reporting on presumably news related to health since the topic is the American Medical Association. The American Medical Association, an organization specifically designed to speak about and into health concerns, is responding to an epidemic – but not ebola or opioids or obesity – but violence. And that violence is specified as against a community, the transgender community. What is that exactly? (Reading other headlines alongside this one, we learn that the Vatican rejects the idea people can be transgender. Can you see the worldview conflict here? How can we have an epidemic of violence against a community of people that many see as suffering from delusion?)
From the article:
“So far in 2019, the death toll stands at ten, and all of the victims were trans women of color. HRC tabulated 26 transgender victims of murder in 2018…”
While there can never be any justification for murderous hate, it is difficult to see how 10 murders in a nation of 330 million people rises to the level of the AMA’s designation of an epidemic. The definition of an epidemic is “a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time.” Ask yourself: based on the widely understood definition of epidemic, is the murder of 10 trans women of color in the first five months of 2019 an epidemic? Well, it might be if those murders were being committed by people being infected by a murderous disease (hate) in a particular community (the U.S.A.) at a particular time (2019). But, if you’re the AMA, is it responsible and credible to use the term epidemic in this instance?
Now, if the AMA wanted to find an epidemic targeting women of color, there certainly is one. Its called abortion.
One black woman who serves in the Louisiana state house is speaking out about just that. But here the word being used is genocide. I State Rep. Katrina Jackson right that abortion is a “modern-day genocide”? By definition, genocide is “the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation.” Is abortion disproportionately and deliberately aimed at black women? The short answer: yes. And in far more epidemic numbers than the prior story.
Other life-related headlines to be aware of this week:
New York City allocated $250,000 to pay for abortions for women who cannot. A third of those women will not only live outside of NYC, they’ll live outside of New York state. This move is designed as a direct challenge to pro-life states who do not want to use taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions. You can read my thoughts on that here.
Meanwhile, in Illinois, pro-abortion lawmakers will be barred from communion. The Bishop of Springfield is charging them with the “abominable crime and very grave sin of abortion.” But you didn’t hear that on the nightly news, did you?
Maine became the 8th state to legalize assisted suicide. Please listen to my conversation with Joni Eareckson Tada about “when” it is right to die.
Below the fold…
One of my very favorite people, quietly serving in Washington D.C., is the Chaplain of the Senate, Barry Black. He was honored by the Becket Fund as the 2019 Canterbury Medalist for his defense of religious liberty. Here’s my conversation with Chaplain Black a couple of years ago – still one of my favorite conversations on air!
What to watch this week…
Tonight and Wednesday, June 17 and 19 Fathom events presents Emanuel on the fourth anniversary of the mass shooting at the Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Last week, I talked with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Jennifer Berry Hawes, about her book, Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness. Here’s that conversation.
Coming up this week on Mornings with Carmen, in addition to our regular guests:
Monday – author Barbara Roberts on her book, With Her Last Breath: A tale of suicide and the hope of heaven
Wednesday – Juneteenth?
Friday – June 21, the longest day of the year! What will you do with all that LIGHT?