You’re Entitled to an Opinion, Unless You’re a Christian

I have to admit I find it hysterical when I write about important topics of the day and then get responses like yesterday’s. I typically get knee-jerk reactions that are emotional rather than logical. I love it when people say things that can be translated as “Everyone has a right to their opinion, so stop spouting your stupid opinion, because you have no right.”

First of all, I always thought that “liberals” were supposed to be the “accepting” and “all-inclusive” bunch. It seems that only extends to groups OTHER than Christians. It’s ok to participate in any deviant lifestyle or activity you like, so long as you don’t believe the Bible. It’s ok to express your opinions and beliefs no matter how outrageous or un-American, so long as you don’t talk about your Christian beliefs. It’s ok to be Muslim, Jew, Hindu, Budhhist, et. al., so long as you’re not Christian.

I will admit for the sake of healthy debate that Christians are a less accepting bunch than, say… the Democratic party. It’s a fact. We believe there are certain things that are sacred, certain things that are right and wrong, etc. By the same token, we are FAR more accepting than groups like say… Muslims. Yet if you’re an American Muslim, you are defended by every liberal figure with a platform to speak. Not so if you are a Christian.

However, your standard WASP-type Christian such as myself is also not going to:

a) shove anything down your throat
b) go door to door and try to convert you
c) hate or even dislike you if you do something against my beliefs

I strongly believe that everyone is screwed up and everyone does things they shouldn’t. I do, you do, and so does every other Christian, Muslim, Jew, Liberal, Conservative, etc. Therefore I don’t think it’s my place to judge someone that… for instance… had an abortion.

As I said in the comments yesterday, I know and am friends with MANY women who have had abortions. My beliefs are no secret, and I think if you were to poll the women I’m friends with that have had abortions, you would unanimously find that they do not feel judged or uncomfortable talking with me about it. I can also say that without exception, they all regret the decision.

On one level, it makes me feel sick to my stomach to think about it, because whatever YOU happen to believe, I believe that a “fetus” is a baby. However, I have also lived long enough, done enough bad stuff, and experienced enough bad stuff to know that you can’t possibly know what it’s like to be in one of those situations unless you’ve been through it yourself.

That said, I believe that EVERYONE is capable of discerning right and wrong. I think that our culture of acceptance and moral relativism has made this topic into a “gray area” but only in the sense that people have taken their eye off the ball. If it’s not a baby, then it’s absolutely fine to cut it out if the woman doesn’t want it. If it’s not a baby, then abortion is a women’s rights issue, nay, nothing more than having an elective gall bladder operation.

But science, common sense, logic, and yes, moral values all point to the fact that a “fetus” is a baby. A human life. No, the baby cannot live without the mother. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. If this is our standard, then any mentally retarded person should be euthanized if they’re inconvenient or expensive to take care of.

We have indoctrinated everyone that this is a simple matter of cutting out some extra flesh, that it’s about women’s rights, and that it’s none of our business what other people do with their body.

If you are willing to ignore the biological realities that exist, and still cling to the belief (and yes, it is a “belief”) that a “fetus” is just so much extra flesh, then I cannot argue with your stance. If your argument is that of viability (whenever it’s able to live on it’s own, it’s a baby), then you must have some way to show a definitive moment that it happens. It seems “viability” gets earlier with every advance of science. And remember, late term abortions are still legal in this country.

By my own admission, if it’s not a baby, it’s not wrong. I encourage you to watch a video produced in the 80’s titled “The Silent Scream” of an actual abortion being performed, and then finish forming your opinion.

Prove to me it’s not a baby.

**PS – I’ve received several emails in which the Liberal’s favorite Bible verse “Judge not, lest ye be judged” was quoted. Let me speak to that for a moment. I have not EVER judged ANYONE for having an abortion… in fact, I can’t even remember a time when I judged someone for ANYTHING. The Bible also says “Make a right judgement.” It is God’s territory to judge people… ie “send them to heaven or hell.” It is every person’s territory to “make a right judgement.” In other words, “when you can do right or wrong, do right.” I can look at an issue and say whether it’s right or wrong. That’s what we’re supposed to do. What we’re NOT supposed to do is condemn a person for doing something wrong.

Which I haven’t done. So stop sending me emails with that verse in it. I already know it. I’ve had it quoted to me by more liberals than a DNC convention through the course of my life, because it’s the one verse in the Bible that liberals know, and the one verse that if taken out of context, supports moral relativism.**

End Rant.

  10 comments for “You’re Entitled to an Opinion, Unless You’re a Christian

  1. March 24, 2006 at 12:27 pm

    The title of this post made me snort laughter in a very unladylike manner… thank you for that.

    I think, dahling, that Christians don’t express their beliefs as an “opinion” so much as they come across (intentionally or not) as making a statement of fact. While you personally may not feel you are trying to brainwash the non-Christian world into agreeing with you … what other religion has attempted to rule the world? I’ve never seen a non-C going door to door trying to convert people, nor do they start holy wars in the name of religion … Who else has traveled around the world slaughtering the “savages” who refused to take Christ as their saviour?

    Incidentally, I believe you and I are friends … and I have had an abortion … and I do not regret it. Just because we don’t agree on all counts doesn’t mean I don’t care about you … even if you are a Christian. 😉

  2. March 24, 2006 at 12:31 pm

    I’m glad I could make you snort.

    Christians sound like they are stating a fact because we in fact believe what we’re saying. Try to tell someone what you believe without coming off like you’re stating a fact… not easy to do… 😉

    Jehovah’s Witnesses go door to door. They are not Christians. The Holy Wars and Crusades were a product of the Catholic church, also not Christians. Granted, the Protestant church is a derivative, but still….

    And as we are friends, I think you also know I don’t think any less of you for having an abortion or for the fact that you don’t regret it. I don’t look at it from a personal standpoint.. to me, it’s a social issue.

  3. March 24, 2006 at 12:43 pm

    Abortion is an inflammatory issue, and people feel very passionately one way or the other – there’s really no in-between, or ambiguous way of looking at it. So no matter what you say, people who are opposed to your view are going to tell you they think you’re wrong. I feel very strongly about homophobia, and no matter what some religious kook tells me about what a sin homosexuality is, I’m going to tell him that he’s just flat-out wrong, because just as you feel strongly about your views, I feel just as strongly about mine. That doesn’t mean that either one of us are the right one in the debate – it just means neither one of us are going to change the other person’s mind (this reminds me of the good old days of the Terri Schiavo debate). And I think (or I should say I would hope) a mature person would reserve judgement and respect the other person’s viewpoint, and accept that different people see things differently. That doesn’t mean either party has to like it.

    While I am not a religious person, I have no problem with people who are steadfast in their Christian values. I just don’t want them shoved down my throat.

    Ok. I think I’m done now.

    No, I’m not – for what it’s worth, I’ve been accused of being a liberal, and I hate organizations like NOW and the ACLU. So there. 🙂

  4. allie
    March 24, 2006 at 2:07 pm

    well, Incredipete i know politically we agree on just about nothing.

    but i’ll support your right to say what you wanna say – even if i don’t agree with it. (see, not ALL liberals are kooks, some are even christians.)

  5. Livieloo
    March 24, 2006 at 4:34 pm

    How ironic that Heath and I were just having a conversation about how much hatred we, as Christians, get from the liberal community. I mentioned how silly it is that they pick at us so much for believing what we believe. Not one if forcing them to believe it. I’m sorry that they can’t respect some of the moral codes this country was founded on. Funny how you never see Liberals protesting the calling to prayer five times a day in the Middle East … you’d think it would piss them off more to have to hear something like that broad-cast throughout the countryside early in the morning and four other times a day than it would to have the Christian community worshipping God

  6. March 24, 2006 at 4:45 pm

    “then any mentally retarded person should be euthanized if they’re inconvenient or expensive to take care of.”

    I can handle that!

    That used to happen in the good old days! The country Dr. would take a look at the baby and if it was an obvious defect they would just tell the mother it died and then out to the coyotes it’d go.

    I really wish everyone would stop quoting a 2000 year old book based on hearsay and “voices from above” Or the “word of God” heard from a bush on fire. For fucks sake ask yourself WHY anyone needs such a barometer. I know humans are basically evil, but why on earth do you NEED a book that can’t be proven to be either false or true to help guide you through life? Right is right and wrong is wrong.

    If you need such a tool, go outside and hug a tree or look at the blue sky so long you hurt your eyes. At least that is tangible. Faith? if you need to pin your belief system on the “faith” of a fanatical group of people who have been “persecuted” for thousands of years then just do it quietlly and on your own time.

    My belief system is I don’t fuck with him and he leaves me the fuck alone.

    End Trans.

    Now shut up and have a beer.

  7. Incredipete
    March 24, 2006 at 5:23 pm

    and that’s why we all love you, Nightmare!

  8. BJD
    March 27, 2006 at 4:25 pm

    Your analysis is absolutely impeccable. Write on!

  9. March 27, 2006 at 4:50 pm

    *sighs*

  10. Rik
    March 28, 2006 at 7:37 pm

    Wait a minute. Catholics aren’t Christians? Catholics are like the grandfather of all the Christian religions. They/We are at the base of the tree. Witnesses aren’t Christian either? (although i’d LIKE to believe this) i’m not sure that’s true either.

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