A Parable of Lesser Evil and Charity
September 19, 2008 § 19 Comments
Suppose there are two non-profit organizations. Lets call them M and O. The M organization is dedicated to funding embryo-destructive research. The O organization is dedicated to funding embryo-destructive research, abortion, and infanticide.
There is a tradition in the community of having a competition every four years for a large grant of money. These two organizations are the only organizations with any chance to win the grant this year, largely because pro-lifers have for decades been willingly participating in similar Faustian competitions. The grant competition is rather simple: citizens are permitted to give either one or the other of these organizations a dollar (no more or less), or to refrain from giving them anything. The tradition is such that eighty million or so citizens are expected to give a dollar in the competition. The organization which receives the most will be granted a few billion dollars to pursue its mission.
Now, some people might think that I ought to give a dollar to the M organization as a way of attempting to stop the O organization from getting the big grant, under double effect. Others may think that it is a difficult choice that can go either way.
Not me. I think the choice is easy.