One of the most heated debates in the United States today is abortion and motherhood. The pro-abortion camp insists that abortion is a liberty every woman has the right to, while the Pro-life camp says that everyone has the right to be born. Which side am I? I declare very proudly that I am Pro-life, and I do not see that as synonymous as misogyny. Considering the fact that 60% of pro-life members are women, who are 2x more likely to be pro-life than men, it is obvious that it is not simply old sexist white men. That comment itself is sexist and racist, and ignorant as well. Next: Is being pro-life confined to religion? Well, I would like to tell that to Christopher Hitchkins, atheist intellectual who has declared that he was pro life. I would also like to tell that to the many atheistic pro life organizations, and to the 19% of atheists who are against abortion as well. Reason and compassion isn’t confined to one group of people, but is a human characteristic. 80% of all abortions are over the matter of convenience, which is absolutely ridiculous. A child is a privilege, not an inconvenience, a human, not a blob of cells, a miracle, not an oppression. Then there are the people who abort their children simply because they cannot support them, this is hogwash. Adoption is a very good option for ‘unwanted’ children, and the fostercare system is being changed everyday. Then, lastly, there is the matter of rape and incest, two very abominable things. I recognize the trauma felt by these poor women, and hope that justice is finally brought to the criminals. However, instead of abortion, I think there should be more funding of organizations who help women to progress through this together. Adding violence to the situation doesn’t solve the problem, adding compassion and understanding does. Trust me, the rapist should remain in prison forever, but I don’t think the child should be punished for his father’s crime. Then we have the problem of abortion as a necessary procedure. I recognize that in some circumstances, abortions are necessary, which is why I only think abortion should be legal in certain cases. Let’s not forget the risks of abortion as well as the benefits. In summary, I think abortion in most cases is wrong.
It is very easy to automatically categorize things, such as sky with the color blue. However, many people today think of religious people as opponents to same-sex marriage naturally based on some of the protests seen from religious organizations. It might interest everybody to know that 55% of Catholics and 30% of Evangelicals favor same sex marriage, which rounded is roughly 1 billion people. Not just ordinary people, but religious people, the same religious people often categorized as bigots. Now, is same-sex marriage a sin according to the Bible? Let’s examine the evidence: there are seven verses in the Bible about homosexuality. But remember, at this time there wasn’t a word for homosexuality, and the word sodomy isn’t confined to homosexuality. Now, there is that verse in Leviticus that specifically says, “Thou shalt not lie with man as with a woman, for it is an abomination.” Notice, this verse condemns men having sex with men, and we can assume the same with women. This verse doesn’t mention the state of someone being homosexual, just the actions. There are other verses in the Bible describing the attraction to the same-sex, but when you think about it: Same-sex marriage doesn’t automatically mean the couple will rush home and have sex. It just means that gay couples have the liberty to marry, but even before that, no law prevents them from living together. Preventing homosexuals from marrying does absolutely to prevent them from engaging in the behavior. And honestly, I see far more verses in The Bible instructing us to love one another and to forgive one another than to condemn homosexuality. “Judge not, lest ye be judged,” “Who are you to judge thy neighbor?” I will not condemn someone for their sexuality, especially considering the fact that they cannot control it. If homosexuality isn’t a decision, then it isn’t a sin. Besides, if being homosexual is a sin, I can’t imagine it being any more damaging than the sins of adultery, divorce, gluttony, dishonesty, and the many others we commit every day. The difference is that homosexuality cannot be simply be stopped when someone wishes, it is something from birth. I have heard of gay Christians, such as Justin Lee. And, to reflect Pope Francis’ message: “If a gay person does what is right and seeks The Lord, who am I to judge my neighbor?”