Professional Christians ™ show themselves to be as shallow, hypocritical and careerist as those people they “prophetically” condemn in their tedious (largely unread) public statements:
The Order [of Canada]… has over 3,000 living members, few of whom can have been chosen after meeting some pro-choice litmus test. It ought to represent the spectrum of opinion well. But so far we’ve heard of just one gentleman, Fr. Lucien Larré, who is indignant enough to actually turn in his medal.
Let’s see whether any of these other accomplished individuals care more about what we’re endlessly told is the “taking of human life” than they do about that adorable little metal snowflake in the drawer.
The choice they are presented with, given the premises of most organized Christian denominations, should not be particularly difficult. No violence is required; no physical peril need be tempted. Dissenting members don’t even have to be impolite about resigning from the Order; surely all of them have a copy of its Constitution, which painstakingly outlines the procedure. (Perhaps it might help if they consider it a dilation-and-extraction of one’s lingering attachment to worldly trinkets.)
No one expects martyrdom: all that their God asks is for a minor downgrade in social standing, and perhaps a risk of having some muck splashed on them by a journalist or two.
As an atheist I’m thrilled that, so far, His imagined power to compel has proven so feeble.