Political pornography

By Tom Quiner

It is a brazen act of political chutzpah that crosses the bounds of decency.

I’m talking about Barack Obama’s exploitation of a 25 year old woman with Downs Syndrome. The president is using this unsuspecting innocent, whose name is Brittany, as a political puppet to advance a political ideology that is leading to the extermination of Downs children.

I know a little something about Downs Syndrome, since my nephew, Danny, was born with that extra chromosome.

This 27 year old young man has survived heart surgeries and leukemia, which are more common with Downs children than the general population.

To compensate for the physical and mental afflictions associated with Downs, God has given these children an extra chromosome, known as the “love chromosome.”

Danny is the happiest guy I know. It seems to be a common trait among those with Downs. I guess that is what is so repugnant about Barack Obama’s exploitation of Brittany. The love chromosome makes them particularly trusting.

The Obama campaign used Brittany’s letter as their “letter of the week.” The letter was co-written by “her mom and a friend.” Brittany says that:

“I am one of the 47% of Americans who fall under Mitt Romney’s definition of ‘entitled.'”

Pardon my skepticism, but I suspect Brittany’s mom and friend wrote more of this letter than Brittany. And is it possible the Obama campaign made a few tweaks of their own?

I’m bothered by this transparent manipulation of a special class of people whose ranks are quickly dwindling.

A sidebar: I would say that Danny loves his life more than about anyone else I know. I bet Brittany is right up there in that 99th percentile along with Danny.

It seems we “normal” folks have much to learn from people who carry the Love Chromosome within them. Have you ever wondered if maybe they are the normal ones? Maybe we’re supposed to be that happy. Maybe that’s how God wants us to be.

Speaking of God, you should see and hear Danny pray. All I can say is, “O my God.” I am not using the Lord’s name in vain, here. I am saying, “O my God, help me to pray like Danny.”

Danny loves God, and everyone in the church knows it. He is a role model for anyone embarked on a faith journey.

What is it about these kids? They love themselves. They love their life. They love anyone they come in contact with. They love God.

They’re all about spreading love.

And yet we kill them.

Depending on the study, we kill about 87 to 95 out of every one-hundred children who carry the Love Chromosome before they ever have a chance to be born and spread their love to the world.

Let’s call this Downs genocide. We’re wiping out an entire group of people whose greatest gift is to spread love.

If you believe there is a Devil, you know he is laughing in delight at our foolishness, our ignorance, our self-centeredness.

I’ve seen what it takes to raise a child with Downs. It’s not easy. And yet I’ve never heard a parent with a Downs child say it wasn’t worth it.

I must make a political statement. People with the Love Chromosome are dying because one party, the Democratic Party, allows them to be killed via abortion. Where are the pro life Democrats? I know you’re out there. Please, we need you to speak up and help to pass pro life legislation to protect the future Dannys and Brittanys.

I had coffee with an Obama supporter earlier this year. The discussion drifted to the gay marriage debate. She suggested that people with same-sex desires are born that way.

We don’t know if this is true. But suppose it were. Suppose science identified a “gay gene.”

Suppose a parent didn’t want a gay child.

Suppose they aborted him or her for that reason.

Suppose 95 out of a 100 people carrying the Gay Gene were being aborted.

Would there be an outcry from Democrats? I suspect there would be.

You can see the dilemma when human life becomes conditional and disposable. Why is it okay to terminate people with the Happy Chromosome but not those with the Gay Gene?

I have a simple answer. All life is essential. All life should be protected.

The world needs more life, not less.

I join Danny’s chorus: ” I love my life.” You can do something very practical this Sunday at 2PM to 3:30PM on Merle Hay Road if you love life. You can join the Life Chain which will start at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church and stretch past First Assembly of God and extend right up to the Merle Hall Mall.

Come and pray for the beauty of Life, regardless of what he or she looks like in the womb.

A scene from last year’s Life Chain in Des Moines, Iowa


  1. Shawn Pavlik on October 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    I disagree, Tom. I’m not sure pro-choice people would disagree with ANY abortion, i.e. to abort a gay child. They would just chalk it up to a “victory of choice”. I think the amazing thing is that something like 30-40% of abortions are performed on women who have already had one or more abortions. They didn’t learn the first time. And those people are so callous about that decision.

    • quinersdiner on October 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      Yes, you’re correct, but the delicious irony to the idea is to create a clash of liberal ideals. Liberals are fine with Downs genocide. They would have a much more difficult time defending the genocide of a protected class of liberals: gays.

      • Shawn Pavlik on October 3, 2012 at 7:05 am

        could you or your wife do a post on the Biblical justification for the pro-life position (other than the obvious “Thou shalt not kill”)? There are organizations out there, i.e. “Christians for Choice”, who seem to justify the pro-choice view from a biblical standpoint. Reminds me of the Shakespeare quote “The devil can cite scripture for his purposes.”

        • quinersdiner on October 3, 2012 at 9:51 am

          Great topic idea. Give me a day or two.

  2. Bob Vance on October 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Life is not always easy nor should it be.

    I met a man just last week who told of his “special needs” daughter who passed away a couple years back at the age of twenty. She spent her life in wheelchairs and wasn’t suppose to live past six. When I told him I was sorry for his lose, he told me he didn’t look at it as a lose. To him, he was blessed with a beautiful daughter for twenty years.

    • quinersdiner on October 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      A beautiful testimony. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Greg Dean on October 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    ‘To compensate for the physical and mental afflictions associated with Downs, God has given these children an extra chromosome, known as the “love chromosome.”’ ..Too bad this extra chromosome also causes Down’s syndrome. So to compensate for giving them Downs, God has given them Downs? Yikes, not a great argument there. (Here I also notice you say that God has to COMPENSATE for giving them Downs, which assumes it is a bad thing, which is contradictory to your entire piece.)

    Also, in the crux of your argument – regarding the gay genocide – you are assuming that gay people ARE born that way, and there is a genetic factor causing people to be gay. Seeing as you’re leaning on that for your argument, but DON’T believe it to be true, doesn’t this mean that your argument falls apart? I’d love to see an expert in logical fallacy analyze your writing.

    Last question: From reading this, I can only assume that if scientists somehow found a cure for Down’s Syndrome – somehow mute the third 21st chromosome – then you would be against it? How about if the afflicted wanted the cure, but all their family were against it, or vice versa?

    • quinersdiner on October 2, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      You’re missing the point, Greg.

      The point is that these kids are special, they are beautiful, and they are a gift to the world, exactly as they are. And we are killing them off. It is so sad because the world is a better place because of people with Downs. They are all about love, something this world needs more of.

      I’m all for medical science improving the human condition, who isn’t? I am, however against killing these special human beings.

      We all have afflictions. Oftentimes our afflictions bring out other gifts. Our weaknesses become our strengths.

      Regarding your gay comment, I am not assuming gay people are born that way. Re-read my post: “We don’t know if this is true. But suppose it were. Suppose science identified a “gay gene.” Thanks for writing, Greg. Good thoughts. Come again.

  4. juwannadoright on October 2, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Thank you for a well-written and very moving post.

    I can’t help but think about this within the context of the Third Reich. Hitler set about to purge the world of “undesirables” in part through forced sterilizations and we are all too familiar with the solution for those who had already been born – the death camps.

    It doesn’t take a great leap to picture that as a “solution” for any authoritarian government – and as Sinclair Lewis pointed out in, “It Can’t Happen Here,” who is to say that might not transpire in the USA given our current disregard for embryonic life?

    • quinersdiner on October 3, 2012 at 6:40 am

      Your concerns are all too possible. Great to hear from you. Thanks for writing.