The Texas Bishops open themselves to mockery by the idiotic and asinine “Parish Advisory on Texas Right to Life”
By Peter Amos Cohen
26 FEBRUARY 18
Through the recent letter of the TCC, the Texas Bishops open themselves to mockery: the “Parish Advisory on Texas Right to Life” (TRL) is asinine and idiotic.
The advisory claims that TRL rejects incremental legislation, stating: “Part of the dispute is rooted in Texas Right to Life’s rejection of incremental pro-life reforms, which bishops support following the guidance of St. John Paul II’s Evangelium Vitae. An incremental reform is one which improves the current situation but does not reform the status quo as much as we might desire. It is “incrementally” better than the status quo.”
If TRL had a problem with incremental legislation, one would expect that TRL would always and only propose and support all or nothing pro-life legislation.
With such a claim, the fact that TRL is so well known for its support of (the now overturned) HB2 should lead one to pause. When one looks deeper, there does not appear support for a bill that is all or nothing. Quite the opposite, every bill that I discovered on TRL’s legislative agenda for its entire history gives evidence of the exact opposite: every bill demonstrates that TRL has a strong understanding of incremental legislation. If TRL rejected incremental legislation — as the Bishops claim TRL does in the Parish Advisory on Texas Right to Life — then it could not have proposed or supported any of the legislation it has for the last many decades. The more one looks at TRL’s legislative agenda, the more pathetic the Bishops Parish Advisory looks.
Any and all of the legislation TRL has supported demonstrates without a doubt that TRL understands incremental legislation well. As the saying goes: it is “no brainer.” And it makes the “Parish Advisory on Texas Right to Life” a shameful “no-brainer,” but of a different, amateurish sort. “The Parish Advisory on Texas Right to Life” is asinine and idiotic, opening the Bishops to mockery.