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.**