For years, I've taken an absolutely agnostic position on the whole abortion controversy. It has always been my contention that neither science nor religion could possibly know exactly the moment when human life begins in the womb. Since this face is unknowable at present, the debate is pointless because neither side has the facts needed to back up its claims.
But that was the position of an Agnostic Theist. Now, having become a "born again" Atheist, I've finally managed to pick a side on this and that fact has just hit me and amazed me.
Here's what I DO know (and what science DOES know) about when human life begins. It doesn't begin at the moment of conception. A human fetus is not a living conscious being for quite some time after its conception. No, we don't know exactly when it becomes so, but this is only relevant to a "late-term abortion" debate, which is a whole other issue for most people and not what I'm talking about here.
We know that what gets removed from a woman's uterus during an abortion is not a conscious self-aware being. The only counter-evidence to this position comes from religion; specifically from the biblical quote of God saying that he knew us before we were formed in the womb.
When you find yourself an Atheist, it suddenly becomes crystal clear that that isn't an argument at all. Something that "God" supposedly said isn't any kind of argument! Do Christians have a case for saying that abortion is morally wrong and tantamount to murder? No, they absolutely do not, because there is no God and therefore no supreme being ever said any such thing.
When the only "counter-evidence" against a medical precedure is something that primative man scratched out on a scroll in the middle of his goat herd 5,000 years ago, it's safe to say that there is no counter-evidence against that medical procedure.
My point here isn't to start an abortion debate (though I'm gun shy that that's exactly what will happen - please don't). No, my point is to stand here in amazement at the crystal clarity and, dare I say, revelation that Atheism has brought to me! I'm taking the advice of the many Atheists I've read and watched online. Their good advice is to stop taking the religious arguments seriously. Stop giving them credit by responding to them or thinking of them as if they're actual sane rational arguments; they're not.
If your argument comes from religion and nowhere else, it's not an argument! If your opinion is formed by God's opinion, then it has no more validity than if you walked up to me and said that your imaginary friend Bill told you that abortion is murder or that pre-marital sex is a sin, or whatever.
If your mom or brother or best friend told you that Godzilla can see all and knows your baby before it's born, would you take it seriously? What if your loved one tells you that Godzilla loves you and wants to protect you from the evil forces of Mothra? I suspect you would start looking into how much it costs for long-term psychiatric care!
God is just as real as Godzilla and the gigantic fire-breathing dinosaur is not only way cooler than God, but his opinion is just as valid! You say God wants me to do X, but I say that Godzilla thinks you're a sinner and you will spend eternity in Mothra's cacoon! Both points are equally valid. Both arguments share the exact same validity.
I am amazed at how clear and uncomplicated the world can be when there's no God sitting around fucking things up. Things are so much better when I can off-handedly dismiss any religious argument as mass insanity, nonsense, and nothing more!
I'll pray for all of you to get this same clarity. In the name of Godzilla, FSM, and the Jolly Green Giant, AMEN!