Uncommon Sense

September 6, 2021

Again With the Sanctity of Life

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steve Ruis @ 9:41 am

The latest assault on Roe v. Wade coming from Texas and the Supreme Court has caught a few off-guard. (See what happens when you don’t pay attention?) Here’s just one comment that drew my eye:

Few political issues inflame passions so much as abortion. The issues of a woman’s right to bodily autonomy (for abortion-rights advocates) and the sanctity of life (for their opponents) are so elemental that scant room exists for compromise, conciliation, or cool analysis.

In order for these motives to be understood, I think it is important to unpack them. My dictionary defines sanctity as “ultimate importance and inviolability” for example, the sanctity of human life.” So, the abortion opponents are arguing from a position of the sanctity of human life. I think they need to re-examine that motive because they certainly do not believe that live is sacred (the other definition my dictionary supplied for sanctity is “the state or quality of being holy, sacred, or saintly”). If life were sacred then the lesson of “judge not lest you be judged” would stand and the death penalty wouldn’t exist.

By employing a religious argument, they tear at the very fabric of this country, which was designed to be a secular state in which people would be free to practice their religion as they saw fit. The people behind this Texas legislation, and their Supreme Court enablers, are trying to ensure that you will be free to follow the tenants of not your religion, but their religion, as they see fit.

If this stands, this country will crumble as dueling interest groups tear down what took so much blood, sweat, and tears to build.

5 Comments »

  1. Being a woman, this is a topic that is VERY near and dear to me. Further, as a non-believer, it angers and frustrates me that “the religious” are stepping into territory that does NOT belong to them!

    There are SO MANY gaps in the Christian stance on this issue — and yet they ignore and/or discount every one of them due to years and years of indoctrination by church leaders.

    Sanctity of life, my eye!

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    Comment by Nan — September 6, 2021 @ 10:36 am | Reply

    • I think their stance is not Christian except in the sense of the Christianity they have created, which includes all of their hatreds and biases and prejudices. The group (Christians) is too large to consider them to be a monolithic block. So, these are conservatives with a distorted worldview who happen to be Christians and so always reach for a Bible to support their arguments.

      These are people who fear women in power and, as such, are not to be trusted with any public office above dogcatcher.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — September 6, 2021 @ 11:14 am | Reply

      • True. I should qualify my remarks because you are correct. Not every believer is this idiotic and uncaring. Rather, the “disease” tends to infiltrate primarily the evangelicals and/or bible-thumpers.

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        Comment by Nan — September 6, 2021 @ 11:25 am | Reply

    • Despite what the Catholic church may claim, it wasn’t until 1869 that Pius IX declared abortion at any point in a pregnancy was grounds for immediate excommunication. Up until that time the church said abortion was permitted until “ensoulment”, which, depending on who you listened to, took place anywhere from 40 to 180 days after conception. Or abortion was permitted until “quickening”, a term used for when a woman could first feel the fetus move. Basically the church’s doctrine on abortion bounced all over the place depending on who was in charge at the time. I.e. they’re doing what they always do, just making it up as they go along.

      I should also point out that there are several saints who were celebrated for removing an unwanted pregnancy, basically induced an abortion. But since a “saint” was involved, it wasn’t an abortion it was a miracle.

      Can we say hypocrisy boys and girls?

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      Comment by grouchyfarmer — September 6, 2021 @ 10:58 pm | Reply

      • There has to be a course in divinity school that teaches these people how to be hypocrites. And apparently many of them did poorly in that class, but since they were paying tuition were passed anyway.

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        Comment by Steve Ruis — September 7, 2021 @ 11:05 am | Reply


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