February 23, 2007

On "judging" and reducing a person to their mistake

Among the comments left on my blog by people who have used or plan to use reproductive technologies, there is a steady refrain: don't judge us, only God can judge. In other words, who am I to point the finger and say "that was wrong"? Let me answer that.

First of all, it is not wrong to judge. It is wrong to condemn.

It is not wrong to say that something a person did was immoral. We may even have a DUTY to do so when we can alert others and prevent further harm. However, it is wrong to reduce the person to their mistake.

For example, it is not wrong to say "pedophilia is immoral," or "Bob the pedophiliac did something very immoral with a little girl". That is just a simple moral fact. We are free to say that pedophilia is wrong and that Bob did something wrong. We are free to make laws against pedophilia based on our moral judgment of its worth.

However, it would be wrong to say "Bob is evil". That's because a person is more than just their acts. A person is not just a "pedophiliac" or a "pornography addict" or a "murderer." Although we say these things, the person is more than just an act they have done. For various reasons, they may not even be responsible for the acts they have done. It is not our place to judge the human heart.

This blog is written in a passionate voice, because I feel strongly about this issue. The voice on this blog is thus strongly against reproductive technologies, and openly calls them immoral and wrong.

However, I don't intend this blog to be a condemnation of the people who have been involved in repro tech. I don't intend to reduce anyone to their mistake, and to say that a person is "bad" because of what they've done. That would be far too simplistic.

We are all evolving human beings. We all make mistakes. The person who got DI 10 years ago may not be the same person today. Moreover, I truly believe that many of the people involved in repro tech are not even responsible for the acts they have done, because they simply didn't know it was wrong. They truly believed it was a good and legitimate thing to do. They just didn't know - and many of them still don't.

I do post real stories on this blog, sometimes even the photographs of individuals. I do this to show what is happening in our society. I do this to show in a personal way the negative consequneces of repro tech.

However, I don't EVER intend to condemn any individual donors or parents who were involved in these actions. It is not my place to condemn them for their actions - that is indeed the place of God, who alone can see into the human heart.

This blog aims to INFORM, not to condemn. I hope that through the arguments, facts and resources made available on this blog, more people will realize that reproductive technologies are not the right answer to infertility.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

"We are all evolving human beings. We all make mistakes."

My child is not a mistake. I have done no wrong, nor do I regret the decisions I made in reproducing.No matter how you pacify yourself by saying you are not judging, I still think it is judging. You sound like someone who is trying to make it okay to say these things. Some day you will stand before God, and He will be the ultimate judge. You may be ashamed of yourself when He asks, "Why did you say these cruel things about my children?"

LorMar said...

I would also like to add that Ms. Thomas totally misses the mark in reference to judging not being wrong. What she should have argued is that the bible makes a distinction between Godly and inappropriate judging. Sadly, she is in the latter group.

Anonymous said...

Now you are comparing pedophilia to using reproductive help.. You are nutty. Do you have any children of your own?? By the way I do appreciate you taking the picture of my daughter and myself off your whack job site.

Anonymous said...

The fact that you make the following statement shows you have a mental problem...

However, it would be wrong to say "Bob is evil". That's because a person is more than just their acts. A person is not just a "pedophiliac" or a "pornography addict" or a "murderer." Although we say these things, the person is more than just an act they have done. For various reasons, they may not even be responsible for the acts they have done. It is not our place to judge the human heart.

Anonymous said...

Nope, you're all talking nonsense. Ms. Thomas is offering evidence against the claim "God lets it happen so it's OK", not making comparisons.

The reason DC is wrong, and the reason educated, thinking people should take a stand against it, is the negative effect it has on the people it creates.

-- Tom