Equal Rights Institute BlogEqual Rights Institute Blog http://blog.equalrightsinstitute.com Clear Pro-Life Thinking Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:42:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://blog.equalrightsinstitute.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/cropped-ERI-436A89-Just-ERI-square-512-32x32.jpg Equal Rights Institute Blog http://blog.equalrightsinstitute.com 32 32 78071708 PODCAST: Don’t Call People Animals http://blog.equalrightsinstitute.com/podcast-dont-call-people-animals/ http://blog.equalrightsinstitute.com/podcast-dont-call-people-animals/#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:08:46 +0000 Timothy Brahm http://blog.equalrightsinstitute.com/?p=4314 Download Audio MP3 | 00:03:57 I read an article arguing that if you oppose dehumanizing fetuses, you should oppose dehumanizing anyone. Call them evil people. Never call them animals. Click here to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

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ERI Update – March 2017 http://blog.equalrightsinstitute.com/eri-update-march-2017/ http://blog.equalrightsinstitute.com/eri-update-march-2017/#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:05:05 +0000 Josh Brahm http://blog.equalrightsinstitute.com/?p=4311 Download Audio MP3 | 00:06:41 I summarize what has been going on at the ERI office in the last few months, and where we are speaking in the next few months. Click here to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

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The New Equal Rights Institute Podcast is Live! http://blog.equalrightsinstitute.com/new-equal-rights-institute-podcast-live/ http://blog.equalrightsinstitute.com/new-equal-rights-institute-podcast-live/#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:53:18 +0000 Josh Brahm http://blog.equalrightsinstitute.com/?p=4329 You can expect an audio blog every Thursday, monthly ERI updates, and occasional live speech/Q&A audios. Pretty soon we’ll also start featuring regular 3-5 minute snippets from the Equipped for Life Course Podcast as well. Thanks to everybody who gave us feedback on what they’d be interested in us including in this podcast! Click here […]

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You can expect an audio blog every Thursday, monthly ERI updates, and occasional live speech/Q&A audios. Pretty soon we’ll also start featuring regular 3-5 minute snippets from the Equipped for Life Course Podcast as well.

Thanks to everybody who gave us feedback on what they’d be interested in us including in this podcast!

Click here to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes!

 

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Dialogue Story: Nicole at the University of Michigan http://blog.equalrightsinstitute.com/dialogue-story-nicole-university-michigan/ http://blog.equalrightsinstitute.com/dialogue-story-nicole-university-michigan/#respond Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:06:24 +0000 Josh Brahm http://blog.equalrightsinstitute.com/?p=4322 We just got this great outreach story from Nicole at Students for Life at the University of Michigan! —————- A young man came up to our Students for Life table where we were asking people where they stood on abortion from “Illegal in All Cases” to “Legal in All Cases” He was going to put […]

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We just got this great outreach story from Nicole at Students for Life at the University of Michigan!

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A young man came up to our Students for Life table where we were asking people where they stood on abortion from “Illegal in All Cases” to “Legal in All Cases” He was going to put the sticker where it said abortion should be “legal in all cases.” My friend Elise and I started asking him what that meant to him. We later specified and asked about sex-selective abortions, abortions based on handicaps, and other such situations. He seemed to be surprised, as if no one had ever brought these up to him before. He then put down his sticker. I asked more clarification questions to understand his viewpoint. We discussed a variety of concerns, such as his right to speak being a man, and a woman’s right to her own choices. I used the tool of “Trotting Out a Toddler” several times and he was very interested in the questions I was asking.

I then brought out the Equal Rights Argument, which was my first time using it since taking the online ERI course. I was probably a little confusing for a bit, but we discovered his personhood argument, which depended on the organism’s ability to think. I then explained the difference between capacity/potential and its actualization, which he seemed to enjoy (I hope I’m using the right terms, I’m not a philosophy major!). He kept going back to women having choices, and so we discussed what that entailed and what should be legal and what should not be. It was a great, fruitful conversation. He was very kind and open-minded. It ended with him writing down the name of our club, and hopefully he contacts us. If you see this, it was great talking to you, and I’d love to again!

I would also like to add one thing I learned today while doing dialogue. Whenever someone came up to us and put their sticker on “legal in all cases,” I would get scared. They couldn’t tell, but I was sweating! I knew that most of the time they didn’t actually mean all cases, but I usually get nervous before conversations (although I hide it very well, I must say). And once I started talking to this man, I was so impressed with his open-mindedness and kindness, and realized that I had had a stereotype for what a pro-choicer was. It was a nice thing to be reminded not to stereotype the people who come up and assume who they will be and what they will be like.  

I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have discussions and impressed with how many people want to talk with us. I’m also glad to feel more equipped thanks to ERI and my club.

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Stop Calling People Animals http://blog.equalrightsinstitute.com/stop-calling-people-animals/ http://blog.equalrightsinstitute.com/stop-calling-people-animals/#comments Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:51:41 +0000 Timothy Brahm http://blog.equalrightsinstitute.com/?p=4285 Almost two years ago I read about twenty-one Coptic Christians whom ISIS beheaded. One of my Facebook friends shared the list of the martyrs’ names, and, as I read through them, I noticed that one of them, Samuel Alham Wilson, happened to have the same first and last name as one of my closest friends. […]

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Almost two years ago I read about twenty-one Coptic Christians whom ISIS beheaded. One of my Facebook friends shared the list of the martyrs’ names, and, as I read through them, I noticed that one of them, Samuel Alham Wilson, happened to have the same first and last name as one of my closest friends. Somehow that coincidence strangely humanized these brave Christians for me. I wrote on my own Facebook wall, “I work full-time trying to help people humanize the unborn, and yet until I read their names, I didn’t exactly think of them as human. They were mere statistics.”

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Screenshot from CNN story.

Unfortunately, there’s an ugly side to this story that I didn’t even realize until recently. I was so appalled at the evil of the people who killed the twenty-one Coptic Christians, I referred to them multiple times as “animals” and “monsters.” I consciously humanized the Christians, and then turned around and subconsciously dehumanized their murderers.

I’ve seen many others make the same mistake. We have to stop doing this.

President Trump made the same mistake in a recent interview with Sean Hannity: (clip starts at 22:39)

Hannity: One of the problems that we have is evil in our time. Winston Churchill dealt with evil in his time. Roosevelt dealt with evil in his time, my father fought in World War 2…

Trump: But they had evil with uniforms on.

Hannity: That’s true, this is different.

Trump: We have evil that lurks around the corner without the uniforms. Ours is harder. Because the people we’re going against, they don’t wear uniforms. They’re sneaky, dirty rats. And they blow people up in a shopping center. And they blow people up in a church. These are bad people. When you’re fighting Germany and they had their uniforms, and Japan and they had their uniforms and they had their flags on the plane and the whole thing. We are fighting sneaky rats right now, that are sick and demented. And we’re gonna win.

He said, “They’re sneaky, dirty, rats.”

If you oppose dehumanizing fetuses, you should oppose dehumanizing anyone. Call them evil people. Never call them animals. [Tweet that] They are valuable human beings that are doing deeply, deeply evil things.

I don’t think I’m bothered by positive phrases like, “He’s brave like a lion,” or “She’s graceful and elegant like a cat.” There’s an animal comparison being made, but it’s an attempt to be uplifting.

I’m also not necessarily bothered by negative animal comparisons that are genuinely descriptive and not dehumanizing. For instance, if Trump had said, “It is so frustrating to deal with ISIS because they’re so good at hiding in plain sight, it’s like fighting against an army of chameleons,” that wouldn’t have bothered me. What bothers me is statements that imply, intentionally or unintentionally, that the person is subhuman. When you call someone you disagree with an animal or a monster, you are implying that they are subhuman.

When you refer to a group of human beings as animals, you train your mind to be unempathetic towards them. When you train your mind to be unempathetic towards a group of people, you make it much easier to mistreat those people. [Tweet that] If you dehumanize pro-choice people, it becomes easier to mistreat them when you interact with them. Most of us won’t interact with members of ISIS in person, but if you dehumanize ISIS, it becomes easier to rationalize unspeakable actions towards them. Whatever your views on waterboarding are, you must admit that it’s awfully uncomfortable that President Trump started to justify waterboarding terrorists immediately after he dehumanized them: (clip starts at 23:29)

Humanity has a very dark history of dehumanizing people and then mistreating them.

It is wrong to dehumanize people. It is bad for your soul to dehumanize people. It is dangerous for you to dehumanize people because then it becomes easier for you to mistreat them. [Tweet that] Make a decision right now that you won’t do it anymore.

 

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