I posted my reaction on Facebook to former senator, and White House hopeful, Rick Santorum’s statement/gaffe — depending on how you look at it — about abortion and Obama’s position on life. You can hear the clip from his interview with the Christian News Service below.
Well…in case there was any question whether Santorum was attempting to draw a parallel between abortion and civil rights an article that just posted in Roll Call, should help remove all doubt.
Now, I interpret civil rights pretty broadly (while still being able to honor the Civil Rights Movements — with caps), and would include the civil rights of Christians to practice freely. Where I draw a line is when any religion attempts to breach the line between affairs of the church and those of the state. Debate all you want about separation of church and state means; but, as we were taught in law school, you cannot legislate morality.
I can respect the practice of any religion, so long as it does impose on me. The counter that the “state” is imposing on Christians doesn’t fly with me. Primarily because that would imply that the government has an obligation to a Christians. The US would have to be a Christian-based republic in order for laws protecting a woman’s right to choose to be an imposition. A lot of folks point to the “founding fathers” for support, but a relatively simple examination of Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and others, would reveal they were pretty fervent about their desire to keep religion out of the government. (I understand there is a bit of schizophrenia about this subject through our country’s history.)
Clearly, I can’t/don’t speak for all, but I think most people in favor of choice are not PRO abortion or ANTI life.
I just find it tragic, though a bit comical, to see so many fundamentalist Christians running around with a wheel-barrel full of guilt and judgment to readily heap upon others. Apparently all the ink in the Bible about humility and the danger of self-righteousness must have faded from the pages of their bibles.
I debated whether I should post this, because religion and politics are very personal issues. After about a few seconds of reflections, the debate was over. This is my blog and these are my thoughts. That’s not meant as a thumb in your eye if you don’t agree with me, nor is it a high five if you do. I am simply sharing where I come down on this issue. If you feel strongly one way or the other and need to let me know, that’s what the comment section is for. Fire away.