Editing the Right and Wrong


This headline reads, Fiorina Was right. The article, then, goes into details regarding how Carly Fiorina, the rising GOP star, was right about the Planned Parenthood videos. The sanguine point is not that Carly Fiorina is right about those videos, but that so many people can be so wrong.

Yes, I said it, wrong! I know it is not poplar to believe in right and wrong, but morality never won a popularity contest. Morality often goes against the popular culture.

I heard some pundit say that the Planned Parenthood videos are “heavily edited” and that Planned Parenthood does none of the things they are accused of doing in those videos. Seriously?

I am not going to go through those videos frame by frame. Others can do that. The proof is all there, and it comes from the mouths of the Planned Parenthood leaders and workers. The videos show conversations – questions asked and the same questions answered – over and over and over.

In the unedited version, the Planned Parenthood execs say they are not profiting from the sale of the “baby parts”; they are simply covering costs. Arguing over what constitutes profit and what is simply covering costs really misses the entire point. Planned Parenthood is a nonprofit corporation; technically none of the money they make is “profit”. Even if they sold the fetal organs for hundreds of dollars, all the money would “go back into the organization”.

The segment of video showing a moving aborted fetus says it all. This living “thing” would be called a baby if it was not aborted.

Every video is edited. If we dismiss the Planned Parenthood videos because they were “heavily edited”, we would have to dismiss every video. Of course it was edited, but no editing could produce twelve hours of statements from the mouths of the insiders all saying the same things over and over. What misdirection or deceptive prompt led to a detailed description of cutting open a twitching fetus (read baby) to take out its brain?

In an article addressing strident attacks against the accuracy of Carly Fiorina’s descriptions of the videos, the attacker had to admit the specific descriptions were true (because they are!), but she still maintained Fiorina was wrong:

Kliff admitted that one of the CMP videos did include “stock footage of a fetus kicking on a table” from an abortion clinic – and that CMP never claimed to “have taped those images themselves.” She also agreed that Holly O’Donnell described an aborted baby’s beating heart and harvesting brain tissue in the videos.

However, Kliff concluded that she was still right and Fiorina was still wrong.

In another article written to debunk the Planned Parenthood videos, they rely on a study commissioned by Planned parenthood to compare the edited videos with the unedited videos and found that there were omissions and gaps. I could have told them they would find gaps and omissions  between the edited and unedited videos for nothing.

To be fair, it suggests there were gaps and omissions in the unedited tapes, but, frankly, what is not recorded does not alter what is recorded. What was said on tape was said, but the defenders want to talk about what was not on tape. They want to focus on what was left out to avoid dealing what was in the video.

The incongruity between the videos and the people claiming the videos are “lies” is stunning to me. Not just stunning, but alarming! How can we be so disposed to our own points of view that truth does not matter? That black looks like white? That wrong looks right? Is this what we have come to?

We get so invested in our worldviews that we contort truth to fit. If we were to concede the truth, the worldview begins to fray and unravel. If we concede there is a God who created us, we have to contend with that burdensome accountability. If we admit  that something is morally wrong, we have that nagging feeling that we need to be consistent; we do not want to be held accountable to the standard ourselves, so we must loosen it for everyone else.

We do not want to stand out from our friends and neighbors who all want the same loosening of accountability, so we must go along. We do not want others judging us, so we take a strong stance against “judging”. We say we are thinking of everyone else, but we are really protecting ourselves against accountability. “Judging” and “hypocrisy” are the modern replacements for moral depravity.

We do not want to be “on the wrong side of history” so we follow like lemmings the new ethics in which right and wrong are edited to fit the Utopian world in which no one is judged, no one is held accountable (except for judging or hypocrisy) and everyone is tolerated and accepted (accept for those who are not willing to subscribe to this editing of right and wrong).

I do not want to end this piece on a sour note. For those who think I am being judgmental and harsh, consider this. Truth and right and wrong are like the laws of gravity. We do not edit the material world to create gravity, and gravity does not exist because we concede it exists. Gravity, like truth and right, simply is. We ignore it at our peril.

I am as tempted to hold views that excuse my own accountability as the next person.

There is no mercy without judgment. When we face accountability, face the truth, we do find judgment there, but only in that place do we also find mercy. There is mercy and there is grace for the wrongs. Our God is a merciful, forgiving God, but we do not get to His mercy and forgiveness without facing His judgment.

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