Another serious post.
In response to my last post, Buck commented: I do not believe gub'mint has any business legislating morality, and "morality" seems to be a large part of the religious right's agenda... i.e., repealing Roe v. Wade and the whole gay marriage flap... just to name two very prominent issues.
In response to Buck, I commented: Buck, I agree to a certain extent. I certainly don’t think the government needs to make "morality laws." I think the government’s main reason for being is to protect its citizens. But I am going to argue that Roe v Wade is not a morality law. Most all of us would agree that taking a life is a crime. So why doesn’t our government protect unborn children?
Please understand that Buck sides with Conservatives and read all of his comments. I had more on the subject and decided to post it rather than leave it on the comments. Once again, beware the serious thoughts!
I know that the government does not need to be in the business of making laws that govern our morality, yet they do just that every day. It is the questions of where we draw the line and whose morality we go with – mine or yours? I’m not sure where I stand with the whole "gay marriage flap." Personally, as an EC (Evangelical Christian), I don’t like the whole Gay thing, but I’m not sure the government should say who should get married and who should not. While I don’t really care to think about two men together or two women, maybe gay marriage is not such a big thing. Of course, I don’t understand how someone who already breaks such a law of God would care one way or the other about marriage, which is actually a Bible based law. So, should we also drop all of the laws governing marriage? Maybe the government should not decide how old we have to be to get married. How about laws of on bigamy - why can’t someone be married to several people if they are all consenting? Speaking of consent, why don’t we drop the laws governing sexual consent? Why should the government decide that for us? Is incest a moral question - we have laws governing that - should we drop those? Is this the kind of morality laws we should do away with? We should probably do away with drinking laws and drug laws as they pertain to morality too. I’m sure there are lots of laws governing morality that we could do away with. I find it quite ironic that the Liberals who want to okay Gay marriage and such were horrified that at the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints and their views of marriage. Although I may not be in either of those camps, it is the perfect example of whose morality do we go with when passing laws.
Isn’t it funny that Liberals are the one who pass some of these morality laws and not just the Conservatives? Like corporal punishment laws – it is usually the more liberal folk who do not want parents or teachers spanking children. Well, spanking is just about gone from public schools (along with any and all discipline) but now and then the Liberals try to pass laws against parents spanking their own children in their own homes. I guess it is okay if you kill your unborn child, just don’t spank him when he is a growing up. I did agree with Lori’s comment on Buck’s blog that a woman should have the right to do with her own body as she wishes. Maybe she should be able to have sex with whomever she wants, whenever she wants at whatever age. She can use and abuse her body as she pleases, I guess. Maybe she should be able to marry whomever and whenever. But when she is carrying a life, a baby, then it is no longer just her body – it is a human, and she should be held responsible. Whether you are Liberal or Conservative, most of us agree that killing someone is wrong. In fact, most Liberals don’t even like capital punishment finding it a form of murder. Yet, they will let a woman kill her baby as long as it is not totally out of the womb. It has always been odd to me that a person who kills a pregnant woman and therefore kills her unborn baby can be held responsible for two deaths. But if the pregnant woman herself has the baby killed, that is okay. Women have been held responsible for killing their newly born babies (usually by abandonment). But if they had just had their babies killed a month or so earlier by a doctor, it would have been fine. That kind of morality law is a strange thing to me, and it sends an odd message. It makes our government seem wishy-washy.
You are probably thinking that yes, we agree that murder is wrong, but the morality part and the part we disagree on is when does life begin. Let me tell it like it is. Conservative or Liberal - for a pregnant woman who wants her baby, life begins the minute she finds out she is going to have a baby. For a pregnant woman who does not want a baby, what is growing inside her is just cells. For those of us who think an unborn child is a human life, we don’t think there is a question of morality. We think murder is wrong. People who support abortion, are people who bury their head in the sand.
Yikes. I pushed "Publish" again~!