“If you think fertilised eggs are people, but refugee kids aren’t, then, you’re going to have to stop pretending your concerns are religious”.
That quote is a show-stopper. I have a friend whose mother is really conservative, and really Christian, who’s “Pro-Life” and “Anti-Abortion”, literally stop cold in her tracks, and recant her belief about these refugee children needing to be deported yesterday. The most amazing about-face I’ve ever seen a conservative make when presented with such overwhelming and incredibly simple logic.
There are people who call themselves “Pro-Life”… but they’re for warmongering in foreign parts… they’re for the death penalty… they’re gun nutters… they’re against single-payer healthcare for all… they’re for insanely long prison sentences… they’re for smashing unions so that the Affluent Effluent can steal more of the country’s substance… but because they’re anti-abortion, they’re “Pro-Life!”
I think not… Bernie Sanders is more Pro-Life than the lot of them… yes, I know that he’s “Pro-Choice”, but when you add up all of his other good points, they outweigh this bad point. In like manner, Rick Perry and Sarah Palin aren’t Pro-Life at all… all the other evil that they advocate overwhelm that one good point. Like it or not, we face a full-blown moral dilemma, which we shouldn’t turn into a cartoonish caricature. It isn’t a simple matter… I wish that it were! Neither position is purely ”good” or purely “bad”. However, I’d say that the Church teaches that a strong state is a necessity in our fallen world, it supports government-sponsored healthcare, and it teaches that the death penalty is a rare resort (like for the Minsk Metro bombers or for the Uniate putschists in the Ukraine). The Republican Party fails on all points. Its anti-abortion plank fails to rescue it. Orthodox Christians can’t vote for warmongering racists in good conscience.
The Republican Party is the party of “Greed is Good” and “God has a plan for your life”… neither one is good. The first contradicts our Lord Christ (The love of money is the root of all evil)… the second destroys Free Will, thus destroying all truly Christian concepts of theodicy (“Why is there evil?”). Don’t forget what the Apostle said, “Love God… and do what you will”… that isn’t a manifesto for licence. Do think on it… the matter is too serious for childish and mawkish posturing. Unfortunately, that’s all that we’re getting now… from both sides.
This IS a point to ponder…