Thursday, 4 March 2010

The New White Man's Burden - There is None So Blind...

... And there is nothing new.

What is the white man's burden? Here are a couple of definitions from
1) The supposed or presumed responsibility of white people to govern and impart their culture to nonwhite people, often advanced as a justification for European colonialism.
2) A phrase used to justify European imperialism in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; it is the title of a poem by Rudyard Kipling. The phrase implies that imperialism was motivated by a high-minded desire of whites to uplift people of color

And as much as they would decry the colonialism of the past, the liberals among us, both political and religious, are at it again. Liberal Western churches are revealing their true paternalistic and racist attitudes by ignoring third world Christians (who outnumber them by far) and pushing ahead with the acceptance and the blessing of same-sex sexual activity.

Now Michael Ignatieff, leader of the Liberal Party, is pushing his own agenda, insisting that we promote abortion in the third world. He does this in the name of maternal health, but it seems the evidence is all against him.

Two federal MP's have composed a letter to the Saskatoon Star Phoenix...
...Poland virtually prohibited abortion 20 years ago. Since then, maternal mortality has decreased by 75 per cent, infant mortality by almost 66 per cent, and the rate of premature births by more than 50 per cent.

According to the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2009, Ireland, the only other European country where abortion is illegal, has the lowest maternal mortality ratio of any country, with one death per 100,000 live births.

In a letter in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in 2009, Dr. Rene Leiva cites a 2006 Salvadorian Ministry of Health study. Until 1998, abortion was legal in El Salvador and the maternal mortality ratio was calculated to be 150 per 100,000 births. Abortions were no longer legally permitted after 1998, and by 2006 the maternal mortality ratio had dropped to 71.2, or by more than 50 per cent.

Guyana, with virtually no restrictions on abortions, has the highest maternal mortality ratio in South America. According to the World Economic Forum report, its maternal mortality rate is 30 times higher than in Chile, where abortion is illegal.

Read it all here...

This is nothing but old-fashioned racism, paternalism, arrogance... call it what you will. But will those who champion it realize it? No. They are just too blind to recognize in themselves. It's a clear example of the log in their own eye.

Take Care

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