Toure MSNBC

If you ever wondered why Touré is perpetually angry, the answer is now rather apparent: Pro-life individuals remind him about the the time he allowed his unborn son to be murdered.

Think that’s a bit harsh? Not really. I’m simply extrapolating the obvious based on commentary provided by … Touré, who “thanks God” for abortion. Cute, in a monstrously-cute kind of way.

This week brought us the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade. It made me reflect on a moment from about 15 years ago, when I was in a committed relationship with a woman who I knew was just not the one. She also knew it probably wasn’t going to work out. And then she got pregnant. And I was terrified. … I knew that pregnant woman and I were not going to be able to form a lasting family. She decided it was best to have an abortion and days later she did. We did. And in some ways that choice saved my life. I only would have contributed to making a mess of three lives.

Years after that I met another woman, married her, and after we decided to get pregnant I went to her doctor’s appointments — our doctors’ appointments — with joy. It was a thrill to watch that boy grow inside her, but I must admit that during that second trimester as we watched him move around on 3D sonograms I saw how human they are at that stage and my lifelong belief in abortion rights was, let’s say, jostled. It was life colliding with belief system. I had to rethink my position, but in the end I remain committed to being pro-choice because I cannot imagine arguing against a woman’s right to control her body and thus her life. …

Yes, there is a reasonable and unsolvable medical debate about when exactly life begins, but I find something undeniably misogynist about the impulse to deny a woman’s dominion over her own body and limit her ability to shape her life and impose another sense of morality on her. …

I want abortion to be legal, safe and rare. … I thank God and country that when I fell into a bad situation, abortion was there to save me and keep me on a path to building the strong family I have now, and I pray that safety net remains in place.

Let us deconstruct Touré’s Herculean effort at self-delusion.

  • Touré’s girlfriend has an abortion.
  • The abortion “saved” him.
  • He “knows” it would not have worked out. False: He does not know that. He can not know that. Nobody, except God, knows how having that child would have changed him. He makes the assertion because doing so serves as a psychological salve for the grim reality he and his girlfriend created.
  • Years later he had a child and “saw how human” it was months into his wife’s pregnancy.
  • Touré’s belief in abortion was “jostled” — again, because he saw “how human” his unborn son was.
  • Touré concludes he is still pro-choice because a woman should have dominion over “her body.” False premise: If there is a human being alive in her body, it is not just her body. If the unborn child is human — and Touré seems to acknowledge that it is — then whether the dependent child exists inside or outside the womb is irrelevant as it pertains to the mother’s responsibility to defend that child’s right to life.
  • Touré believes it is misogynistic to “impose … a sense of morality” on a woman. False: Laws impose morality on us every day. Is Touré in favor of legalizing all drugs? If not, then perhaps I find it misogynistic that he would tell a woman what she can do with her body.

I originally wasn’t going to even write this post, but someone needs to point out how sad it is that Touré’s only claim to fame is saying something he hopes is “outrageous” enough to get conservatives to call for a weird boycott of his network, or to get him fired, or to respond in a way that feeds into his preconceived notions about the right.

This is how it works in MSNBC world: Conservatives who want lower taxes and limited government are “extreme,” but the guy who thanks God for abortion considers himself to be a “reasonable” guy. Stay tuned to MSNBC, because next week Touré plans to thank God for murder since it reduces the carbon footprint humans have on the environment.

With that said, let me make something clear: my problem in this instance is not that Touré helped his girlfriend have an abortion years ago. My problem is that instead of praying for God’s forgiveness, he’s such a narcissistic clown that he rhetorically makes abortion a gift from God.

I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life. A lot. But I don’t go around advertising them for all the world to see, and I definitely don’t go around warping them into soapbox speeches for my conservatism. Instead, I humble myself before God, ask for forgiveness, and pray for the time to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that my words are contrite. And tonight, I’ll pray for Touré.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

17 comments

  1. Nice analysis. As convoluted as Toure’s views are, I think there is a unifying theme at work: the desire to hold on to that which is politically correct, even in the face of contradictory evidence. Mary Beth Williams expressed similar convoluted views in her recent Slate piece. Toure and Williams want to believe that abortion is about a woman’s autonomy no matter what. I call this the Political Fallacy, the fallacy of letting one’s political ideology override non-political considerations.

    1. Indeed. Toure admits that his worldview was “jostled.” He admits that “it was life colliding with belief system.” And so, either his belief system had to come crashing down, or he could build over and around the cracks and fissures and pretend that the structural integrity was still in place.

      Toure chooses to hide the damage behind a cloud of sick and twisted rhetoric. He lies to himself, but you can not lie to the soul. The conflict between his mind and his soul is where all his anger stems from.

    1. I know that you want to take attention away from what Toure is doing, so I will reiterate:

      “My problem in this instance is not that Touré helped his girlfriend have an abortion years ago. My problem is that instead of praying for God’s forgiveness, he’s such a narcissistic clown that he rhetorically makes abortion a gift from God.”

    2. so you don’t support a ban on all abortions? great. how about doing everything possible to reduce the amount of unwanted pregnancies, like real sex education and subsidizing birth control so poor women can afford it?

      the standard policy stance of most social conservatives is to push abstinence only BS and make it as difficult as possible for the poor to get access to birth control, then they demonize single mothers like Romney did during the debates.

    3. Where did Romney and social conservatives come into this? I mentioned neither one of those in my post. I mentioned Toure the narcissistic clown who spins abortion into a gift from God. Can you imagine what he would do if I was on television and said the death penalty for felons was a gift from God? Guys like you would jump on it and, ironically, link to Mitt Romney’s debate performances and sermon’s by social conservatives…

    4. great. how about doing everything possible to reduce the amount of unwanted pregnancies, like real sex education and subsidizing birth control so poor women can afford it?

      Are you seriously trying to say that “real” sex education doesn’t exist in schools today? And, depending on the definition of “poor” today, is around $10 per month “too much” for said poor women?

    5. Hube! I’m so glad you said that. That’s exactly what I was thinking when I first read it. I remember some seriously awkward sex ed classes in middle school and high school — and that was in the early 90’s…

  2. so you won’t engage in a conversation about the topic of abortion if it goes beyond the very narrow focus of your attack on this guy and the network he was featured on?

    I would think if you were so concerned about the in-utero life of a child—and not just scoring political points against MSNBC—you would want to explore ideas that would actually reduce the amount of unwanted pregnancies.

    1. Here is apparently what constitutes “demonizing” single mothers to you:

      “We need moms and dads to raise kids. Wherever possible, the benefit of having two parents in the home. That’s not always possible. Lot of great single moms and single dads. But gosh, to tell our kids, before they have babies, they ought to think about getting married to someone. That’s a great idea. Because if there’s a two parent family, the prospect of living in poverty goes down dramatically. The opportunities that the child will be able to achieve increase dramatically. So we can make changes in the way our culture works to help bring people away from violence and give them opportunity and bring them into the American system,” (Mitt Romney).

      Do I want to have an extended conversation with you on abortion? Let me think. Answer: No.

      Imagine if Romney added “gee willikers” to his answer. Then he’d really be demonizing them.

  3. “I thank God and country that when I fell into a bad situation, abortion was there to save me and keep me on a path to building the strong family I have now, and I pray that safety net remains in place.”

    “I.. I.. me.. me.. I.. I…”

    And that is what is at the heart of the matter regarding abortion today: Selfishness.

    Also: “… that when I fell into a bad situation…” So he tripped and had sex with her?

    I would love to interview his previous girlfriend and ask her if she feels the same way.

    1. I wanted to expand upon that point, T.C., but I couldn’t quite figure out the right transition to do so at the time. Thanks for hammering it home. You’re spot on. And yes, it would be interesting to hear from the old girlfriend. Using the Toure version of events, it was a 50/50 split. They both “knew” it wouldn’t work out. Okay…

  4. Tremendously written, as well as clear but charitable. Thanks for sharing and I too have a long list of things God has forgiven me of. Abortion does not happen to be one of them, but I appreciate your understanding that there are desperate women, and equally desperate men, who have fallen into this particular trap. I am no different in my desperation at times.

    But to “thank God” for it is sad, sick and sorry indeed. I am glad you prayed for Toure. He needs it–but then again so do I. God bless.

    1. Well then, Richard, consider yourself in my prayers tonight! Ask and you shall receive. 🙂

      I’ve never been a fan of the people who say “you’re going to hell” for ‘x’ deed. It makes no sense to me since only God knows that. Only God knows what’s inside someone’s heart, if they’re truly sorry for their sins, etc. But what I do know is that whereas once people knew right from wrong (even if they screwed up from time to time because man is fallible), today they either make excuses for their trespasses or they try and warp their behavior into a good thing. It takes a very sick person to say “thank God” for abortion. Toure needs help. Badly. Even if he doesn’t see it. I don’t hate Toure … I just feel sorry for him.

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