"Florida WWE wrestler Thaddeus Bullard (called "Titus O'Neil" in the ring) was conceived in rape. His mother was raped at 11 years old by her grandmother's boyfriend and became pregnant. Despite being pressured to have an abortion, Bullard's mother chose life for her baby. She also chose to raise him, though still a child herself for much of his growing up.
Bullard is now a proud father of two boys, and he's active in his kids' lives. We're SO PROUD of Bullard's mother for her bravery and courage! Robbed of her own innocence, her childhood, and her dreams, she still saw the value of her baby and gave him the best life that she could. We are absolutely BLOWN AWAY by her selfless example!"
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I just posted the three archived radio interviews from Dr. Dobson's show on the subject of "Conceived In Rape" and decided I should add Bullard's story too but with a separate blog entry.
“Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows."
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? L Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?"
These Scriptures came to mind as I think of "intrinsic value". Intrinsic or Instrumental? From this article, the author defines intrinsic as "something that has value in itself. The value or worth that it has is inherent in its very existence." He continues with an example of of money for instrumental value. "Money itself is not valuable but it is valuable in that it can get something that has intrinsic value."
Recently, Richard Dawkins expressed that unborn babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome should be aborted and it was "immoral" to allow them to be born. Dawkins tweeted: "Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice." He has since "apologized" (of a sort?). Causing a firestorm on Twitter - all I can add to this is to pray for Richard Dawkins. He is an extremely lost individual. AND an individual he is too......one with intrinsic value! Why?
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Yet He is not partial to princes, Nor does He regard the rich more than the poor; For they are all the work of His hands.
Richard Dawkins (who denies/rejects his Creator) is a work of His Creator's hands. Sadly, though, there are people who call themselves Christians who have the same mindset as Dawkins. They would say that those babies with Down Syndrome do not have intrinsic value. They would say that Thaddeus Bullard, Rebecca Kiessling, Darlene Pawlik and Faith Daniels do not have intrinsic value. I have heard them say it. They say, "I am pro-life except that Down syndrome babies and/or babies conceived in raped have no (intrinsic) value." Usually they just shorten it to "I am pro-life EXCEPT FOR".
In my reading, someone brought up a very good point. He said, "I have a friend who was conceived in rape, is it permissible to kill him NOW?" My own mother was adopted and I often wondered what the circumstances were with her conception? Had her mother been involved in a rape situation back in the 1940's, I doubt the details would have been shared for the great stigma. Whether there was a stranger involved or a date rape, it does not really matter. Just being pregnant out-of-wedlock was enough stigma back then. Regardless, I am grateful to the woman who gave my mother life and did not abort her. Anyhow, according to some, I would have no value as a human being due to my thyroid condition.
Intrinsic value starts at CONCEPTION! We never lose intrinsic value whether we move locations, lose a limb, get older, become comatose, become dependent on dialysis, medications or people, born with physical challenges, or are born with a particular amount of melanin, or are conceived in rape...or even conceived in Minnesota or Michigan (Faribault and Detroit respectively, in particular). ;)
Please read Psalm 139! It is so uplifting!
This verse was on Myers' Facebook page:
Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
**** Credit for the images above goes to Juda Myers from Choices 4 Life.