Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

March 7, 2005

Pro-Life Diversity, Oregon-style

Filed under: — Different River @ 5:32 pm

Ocean Haven claims to offer “Nature Friendly Lodging on the Beautiful Oregon Coast” where one can

ESCAPE to NATURE
Have a whale of a time discovering the spirit of Ocean Haven….trail to a sandy beach, tide pools teeming with marine creatures, seals, pelagic birds, eagles & elk and wandering whales await you.

According to this page on their web site,

WE WELCOME DIVERSITY
Respecting the interdependence & diversity of all life.

However,

NO SMOKERS
For health, safety and conservation concerns, Ocean Haven is unable to accommodate smokers.

NO PETS

No Bush Voters (due to his environmental destructive policies.)

And in case you missed that, right on the bottom of the home page, it has this notice in what is (on my monitor anyway) a horrible, nearly-so-bright-it’s-unreadable color:

FOR REASONS OF HEALTH & SAFETY
OCEAN HAVEN CANNOT ACCOMMODATE SMOKERS,
PETS
, FOLKS TRAVELING IN A HUMMER, OR
FOLKS WHO VOTED FOR BUSH & HIS NATURE DESTRUCTIVE POLICIES

(Boldface in original.)

James Taranto, who pointed out this site, commented, “Wow, this place sounds almost as diverse as a college campus!”

Sure, but I’d prefer to look at the implications for the pro-life movement. These folsk proclaim “respect for all life” — but their definition of “life” does not seem to include smokers, domesticated animals (but it does seem to include wild ones), Hummer drivers, or Bush voters. Thus, they presumably consider such “people” as no more deserving of life as the pro-choice movement considers fetuses. If you think this is too extreme, consider that Oregon is the one state in the U.S. that has legalized assisted suicide. It is not a long step, logically, to combine their definition of life, the legality of assisted suicide, and the legality of abortion (which is not subject to the approval of the fetus), to allow for “post-natal abortions” of smokers, Hummer drivers, and Bush voters.

This would be a bad time to sell life insurance to the 866,831 Bush voters who “live” (if they are allowed to call it that) in Oregon.

Perhaps the assisted suicides would be like that of Ukraine’s former interior minister Yuri F. Kravchenko who, it is claimed, committed suicide by shooting himself twice in the head.

If you think that’s not possible … well, until a few minutes ago I though it was not possible to define smokers, Hummer drivers, and Bush voters as “not alive.”

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