Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.
OK, now that a hospital has been found to be using aborted babies as material to heat the hospital, is it OK yet to invoke the much maligned Nazi analogy? I know. I know. Any analogy to Nazis is outrageously hyperbolic and ridiculous. But can you just think about this for a second? A hospital was using aborted babies to heat their building. Just thinking about it shrivels my soul.
The number of aborted children since Roe is up to about 55 million (I think I'm rounding down but hey what's a few million babies, right?) so when is the Nazi analogy allowed again? I'm looking for a number.
It seems to me that Godwin's law is being used as a get-out-of-the argument free card. Their position seems to be that some things are so evil that they can't be argued about. Think about it. People in abortion clinics are killing human beings. But if someone stands outside the clinic showing pictures of what someone's actually doing inside the building they're the crazy one. And if they compare the clinic workers to Nazis, they're extra crazy with a side of buffer zone.
We've seen the vicious persecution of Christians in the Middle East. A recent article stated, “Reliable estimates indicate that anywhere from 100-200 million Christians are persecuted every year…approximately 85% of this persecution occurs in Muslim majority nations. In 1900, 20% of the Middle East was Christian. Today, less than 2% is.” Is that worth a Nazi-esque analogy yet?
Is it better if we stick to specific Nazis? Can we call Kermit Gosnell "Mengelian?" Is that OK? Pascal Emmanuel Gobry recently defended Nazi analogies in The Week because some things are just Nazi-ish.
It's hard not to think of the Nazi program of eugenics and Nazism's deranged view of the perfectibility of human nature when one reads the works of people like Joseph Fletcher, hailed as a "pioneer of medical ethics" in his New York Times obituary, who openly advocated the forced sterilization of the "unfit" and abortion of "defective" pregnancies. Some things are like Nazism, or remind us of Nazism, even if they are not exactly Nazism. Again — bad analogies are bad. But not all Nazi analogies are bad analogies. And a wholesale ban on Hitler comparisons doesn't do the world any favors.
The Nazi analogy is mocked and ridiculed because the assumption is that nothing is as bad as Nazis. It treats Nazism as an anomaly, something unique. But as I've grown older I've sadly realized that evil is not an anomaly, it's commonplace. With all the excitement of a steamroller, evil incessantly pushes on. I find it interesting that another word has gone out of vogue, and is often mocked and ridiculed. Evil.
In the 18th century, the author Jonathan Swift wrote "A Modest Proposal" in which he suggested the Irish eat their young. This was satirical hyperbole that was meant to mock the heartless attitudes of the British government towards the Irish poor. But there is nothing left to mock now. You can't employ satire anymore when they're literally using their young to heat their buildings. It is not satire. It's a modern day horror. It's evil.