Hello to everyone,
Recently I talked about the rank hypocrisy displayed by many members of what has been dubbed ‘the right’ or ‘the religious right’. This time I plan to delve deeper into this most interesting and perhaps tragic of areas.
Whatever your views on any political subject, abortion seems to the the single topic that so divides thinking. On the one hand you have the likes of me (the Roers) who believe it is a woman’s right to choose and others (the Waders) who believe it should be their right to choose. Being in the midst of some fertility issues (and a man), abortion is not high on my list of things to experience, and I would never want any baby/foetus/embryo that was created in part thanks to my vigorous swimmers to be excised in any way. Even though I hold this belief, it is NOT my place to tell others to do it my way. This is how it should be…
However, there are those members of the community who do believe that life begins, not at 40 as the old song goes, but at conception – that point when sperm and egg meet somewhere in the fallopian tubes, combine together and begin to divide (Of course, if this bunch of cells were to be removed from the body they would not be able to survive on their own, so perhaps this isn’t when life begins???). Anyway, these people have been dubbed the ‘pro-lifers’ with their thoughts that 2 cells is a human being.
So begins the critique…
I believe that people have the fundamental right to believe anything that they want to. In New Zealand we don’t actually have a constitution (as they do in the USA), but we do have a Bill of Rights which holds for every citizen. If you believe, as those members of the Heaven’s Gate cult did, that the earth was about to be ‘wiped clean’ by the comet Hale Bopp, and ate tainted pudding to pass to the ‘next level’ then that is your fundamental right as a human. The main issue I have with belief is that so often it takes on a ‘we’re right and you’re wrong’ aspect (see Christians v. Muslims, 1095-present / Jews v. Everybody, dawnoftime-present).
The ability of pro-lifers to take on the mantel of the chosen ones whose belief system is the correctest has been a time honoured tradition passed down through many a family since the process was invented. The Bible is often used as a way of justifying their thinking (as you would expect I suppose since it is the basis of their belief system). However, because it was written by the church to quell the masses, and not by God and Jesus, then it is full of major contradictions.
And the Lord said unto him, therefore whoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold (Gen 4:15).
Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you (2 Cor 13:11).
God bless the Lord for being so multi-dimensional.
Of course, believers will say we are taking the Bible out of context when we quote these various contradictory scriptures. What about them? They like to quote single lines here and there (an eye for an eye etc.), they just fail to mention the contradictory bits (turn the other cheek, do unto others etc).
Ultimately, when that hippy Jesus came along (see new testament), the whole vengeful God thing calmed down. He walked around the middle east in his bare feet singing songs of love and praising God, who, he said was his father. Of course, if this sort of thing happened now (someone claiming to be the son of God), they would undoubtedly be institutionalised and diagnosed with schizophrenia. So Jesus preached a message of love and goodwill towards man, so how have things gone so tragically wrong?
This week, in a church in the United States, a doctor was shot dead. In a church. In a church!! What??!!?!? This doctor George Tiller gained notoriety for performing ‘late term’ abortions – these are abortions performed on foetuses that could survive outside the woman’s body if they were born. Controversial? Yes indeed. Worth being murdered for? I think not. The person who shot an killed Dr Tiller walked into a church on a Sunday morning last week and shot him once, then left. Presumably this person is opposed to the service that Dr Tiller provides on religious grounds.
What I can’t understand, perhaps because I’m barking up the wrong tree, is how anybody could walk into a house of God on a Sunday and murder someone. To that person I ask, “How on earth are you promoting your cause in this case?”
If you are pro-life, if you believe that life does indeed begin at conception, then you can’t, on the other hand, kill someone, bomb a clinic, or generally terrorise other people who don’t believe what you believe. It’s just wrong. So so wrong. There is no defence for killing someone for what they believe in. None at all. I don’t care if you’re a Christian from the mid-west, Osama bin-Laden or George W. Bush. You have no right to take the life of another.
There. I’ve said my piece. A bit preachy this time, but it had to be said.