Monday, June 27, 2016

THE REAL MEANING OF PRO-CHOICE

THE ABORTION ISSUE 

Let me start by saying that I don't know anyone who likes or condones abortion. The term "partial-birth abortion" does not exist in medical terminology. It is a political term deliberately designed to foment anger by sounding exceedingly gruesome. 


'Partial Birth Abortions' Are Illegal and Late-Term Abortions Are RareWhy Do They Keep Dominating the Reproductive-Rights Debate?


There is a reason the womb is encased in the separate individual body of the woman. A woman is an individual human being.  The word 'woman' comes from combining two words: 'womb-man.' In the United States of America, a woman's womb is not community property.  As far as I know, there are no public womb farms with rows and rows of external wombs planted like rows of cabbage and protected by armed guards. This is not a state or government issue. No bureaucrat, government agent, policeman, moral judge, religious tribe, fanatical fundamentalist — or any other human being has the right to dictate what a private citizen does with her private parts.  They can legislate things like suicide, but it's hard to convict a suicide victim for taking his own life. It's hard to put a dead person in jail. 

'Partial-Birth Abortion': Separating Fact From Spin NPR

Right-Wing Media Keep Pushing Myth Of "Partial-Birth" Abortion ~ Media Matters


Every God-fearing Christian must at least know this: that the bible is God-inspired, but it is also history book about the wandering tribes of Israel. It is about their journey out of the bondage of slavery from Egypt. From the macro to the micro, it is about the Israelites' journey from captivity, their search for a spiritual homeland, and the soul's search for salvation. The whole point of the Bible is the soul's journey toward freedom, salvation, and finally uniting with God. 

But the choices we make form our character.  We are not robots. Every adult human being in a civilized society must have the right of free will — or there is no point to the journey or lessons in the bible. 

FREE WILL means each person can choose to make a mistake (for which her/his soul may suffer the consequences) and they can then grow from this. The weapons are not carnal but spiritual. Every story in the Bible concerns deeply flawed humans who made terrible mistakes, but were forgiven and redeemed if they turned to their Father, God. Without free will, they could never have this journey or learned these lessons. The whole point is love, forgiveness and redemption.


The ONLY thing that concerned Christ, the Prince of Peace, was human kindness. He only cared about how we treat one another. Christ's most important law is the Golden Rule, or how we treat our fellow man.  But before you say "How we treat a fetus is more important than how we treat living, born human being" you are decidedly WRONG. This is not what the Great Peacemaker taught. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.  Nowhere is this subject mentioned in any of his teachings.

To Christ, the only 'sin' was unkindness. He had no opinion about sexual sin or anything to do with the body; it wasn't even on his radar. But sexual sin and what other people do with their bodies — seem to be the only kind of sin certain Christians think about.  When the townspeople stoned the adulteress woman, he said: "Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone."  Jesus did mention divorce, but oddly you don't see Christians lined up at Courthouses protesting divorce.  

This seems to be a blind spot. Political modern-day Christians judge their fellow man and obsess about sexual matters, yet stock-pile guns out of fear, and promote war against enemies, completely ignoring Christ's admonition to "not fight their enemies." 

Is flesh really man's most important quality?  It is absurd to think that a piece of prenatal tissue that may or may not be viable, and that is the genetic result of a supremely private act between husband and wife (or tragically, between rapist and victim) -- and is part of a distinctly separate human woman with free will, living in a land of freedom, with privacy rights and civil rights — to think this is worth killing a born, living, breathing,  human being over is the ultimate evil. And by the way, in the USA, we live in a secular society that does not mandate a particular religion.

For these un-Christian, pro-death extremists who call themselves "pro-life" and would murder a living human being to save an unborn abnormal or defective fetus -- for them to think that a "potential life" that is ensconced within the separate, free, individual body of a woman, a private citizen — is more important than the living, the born, the mother's own life is a political tool and unconscionable. 

Yet with the same breath, they think nothing of retaliation in the archaic Old testament ways of "an eye-for-an-eye" "a tooth-for-a-tooth" and defending gun rights. They think nothing of war or the death penalty or the victims of our illegal  bombing campaigns, our soldiers, the Iraqi children, the homeless, the poor, the orphans, the destitute or even one's enemies such as Dr. Tiller — is un-Christian, immoral, and against everything Christ himself taught.

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