Here is a link to Donald Miller’s original article.
I think that Donald Miller is a wolf in sheep’s clothing on this issue as he’s simultaneously accusing the pro-life community of things it doesn’t do and then prescribing solutions that don’t work, all while invoking the name of MLK who did not do any of the items on the list he is saying. First, Donald Miller gave the benediction on the first night of the 08 DNC, and now serves on Obama’s Task Force on Fatherhood and Healthy Families, where in their recommendations to Obama, they list family planning (which is the democrats’ fun term for contraception including abortion) as a major means of achieving better fathers.
Regarding his list of six things the pro-life movement needs to be doing
1) He is just perpetuating a lie from the media and the left about Christians and the pro-life movement. There are currently ~2,500 crisis pregnancy centers in the US, and ~1,800 abortion clinics. This shows we are putting our time, energy and money where our mouths are as we actively support women who are looking for help during their time of crisis.
2) The idea we need to lose the “self-righteous tone,” is ludicrous, as I doubt he would have objected to MLK writing that segregation is “nothing but a form of slavery” and “a system of adultery perpetrated by an illicit intercourse between injustice and immorality.”
3) The statement that we demonize the opposition is a question of who our opposition is: if it’s the women, I think the pro-life movement is so convinced women are also victims they are often blind to the fact that some women, fully knowing it is a child they are killing, do it anyway purely out of a sense of convenience. If it is the doctors and politicians, again, I don’t think we demonize at all, but simply call facts facts: I can’t imagine how Obama can cry over the children being massacred at Newtown and have no comment on Gosnell killing innumerable children over a 39 year period. And not only no comment, but when he was a state senator, he THREE times opposed born-alive legislation that would have made what Gosnell did murder rather than just a post-birth abortion.
4) The “complicated issue” argument has already been addressed by the crisis pregnancy centers and MLK speaking about segregation. In the times of slavery, the argument was that it wasn’t about slavery, but property rights and that the abolitionists were making a complicated issue involving economics, property rights and morality too black and white. Would you have told Frederick Douglas that he should just understand the other side of the issue and know that this is a “complicated” issue? The complicated issue argument about slavery was made by Thomas Jefferson while he continued to own slaves to his dying day and was rightly rejected by those ultimately responsible for ending slavery.
5) Again (I feel like a broken record), the “culture of life” is proven through the crisis pregnancy centers. It’s proven by the countless churches that will take unwanted children, and the fact that every state in the country has “safe haven” laws on the books where any unwanted child can be given away with no questions asked. It’s also proven through the countless charities setup by Christian organizations and supported greatly by the same group of people who are pro-life.
6) Of course this is about sex, but not from the pro-life side but the pro-choice side! Are Christians actively picketing every Walmart, Walgreens and pharmacy where contraception are sold? Are we holding up pictures of wasted sperm that was discharged without the intent to procreate as a great travesty? It’s important to note that Donald Miller is unmarried, and yet is arguing that we should be presenting the beauty of marriage as a compelling argument against sex outside of marriage. If he truly believes this is so important to winning the fight for babies, then why hasn’t he yet done anything about it?
I think this is the most important point of this whole thing: I can show support to the individual, but never to the action. Actions are good or bad, not complicated. Abortion is wrong because it murders a child, or it’s cutting off a fingernail, not both. People might have millions of seemingly reasonable explanations for why they think they should have the right to kill their baby, but it is wrong, should be illegal and should never be seen as anything but the most horrific act any society can participate in.
My challenge to Donald Miller is this: get the very task force he is a part of to say that fathers should be trying to get their significant others to abort their children less, and I’ll admit he’s actually doing something: until then I think he’s just the same guy with his reverse confessional apologizing for things he didn’t do and doesn’t understand.
*One more point not in my original post: to say the pro-life movement is failing is false. Partial birth abortion is banned, several states have outlawed abortion completely recently, a lot of states are down to just one abortion clinic, parental notification and ultrasound laws are being implemented throughout the country. I think Miller isn’t so much complaining that nothing is being done, but that he’s not part of what’s being done because those who are part of it don’t like who he hangs out with.