Religion, Politics and Abortion

NOWHERE in the bible does it say abortion is wrong. Priests, pastors, rabbis and such interpret the writings, twist the meanings to promote their agendas to constituents who do not research the text they're being told is Truth. Believers follow blindly, preaching anti-abortion rhetoric as if based on some written biblical text, which it is not.

Christians are the most vocal leaders of the anti-abortion movement. The Moral Majority and the Mormon Church are HUGE campaign contributors to many right wing Republicans on Capital Hill. The fact is, most anti-abortionists don't even know they're NOT selling the word of their God, but that of their religious leaders interpretation and often misquoted bible passages such as these:

(Genesis 1:27): "God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them."

Warped interpretation #1: Human life is different from other types of life, because human beings are made in the very image of God, therefore the deliberate destruction of a child in the womb is wrong. Of course, this text does NOT say any of this. Nor does it even infer abortion is sinful.

(Genesis 1:28) "Be fruitful and multiply."

Warped interpretation #2: Killing a child in the womb is against the direct command of God to multiply. Again, the text DOES NOT SAY anything about terminating a pregnancy in the womb.

(Exodus 20:13, Deuteronomy 5:17) "Thou shalt not kill."

WI #3: See WI #2

NOWHERE in either the Old or New Testament does it say or even directly imply terminating a pregnancy in the womb is a sin, though the womb is referenced often. The bible extensively discusses killing ‘innocents’ as wrong, but also tells of their god asking people to murder their children as a show of faith. It describes elaborate tales of killing ‘enemies’ as holy, even innocent mothers and children if they happen to be among a group that doesn’t embrace their point of view.

The book of Psalms seems to be a huge source of warped interpretations of the religious Right.

"Truly children are a gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward" (Psalm 127:3).

Anti-abortionist tout this line means killing what their god has put in the womb is a sin, even though the text DOES NOT SAY THIS. Church leaders further their agenda with this:

"For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother's womb."

Psalm 139:13 is so obscure that it is virtually impossible to interpret with any accuracy what the writer originally meant. It talks about their god creating a man in the womb of a woman. It makes NO reference to destroying what their god has put in the womb, or any consequences thereof. It makes NO reference to their god's position on if the fetus he put in the womb is even a person yet. Those little twists came from the church—power-hunger leaders looking to rally their followers around a cause to keep them united and faithful.

Religious leaders who proselytize interpretation as biblical fact to keep believers following are sinners against Truth. Those who follow blindly without reading the bible they so vehemently hype sin against society. And politicians who engage in the abortion campaign corrupt the very foundation this country was built on.

But the most egregious, destructive sinners of all are those that vote for a politician based on their position on abortion. Even if the anti-abortion movement wasn't a construct by the church to manipulate their followers; and even if everyone in the U.S. believed in religion, or the bible, which we don’t, the foundation of our nation is based on a SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE.

Abortion is a civil right. I should have the right to reproduce, or terminate a pregnancy if I choose not to reproduce at that time, for whatever reason I deem necessary. Unwanted children serve neither the parent or child. Like whom we choose to marry, the right to have an abortion is a personal choice, has nothing to do with God's Will, and should NEVER be part of our political agenda.


Erin O'Riordan said...

Definitely a personal decision and not a political issue. I wish we could all approach the issue with cool heads and remember to walk a mile in another's shoes before we judge her.

J. Cafesin said...

Well said, Erin. I'm in no way making light of the decision to have an abortion, which for EVERY woman I've known who has had one, for whatever reason, has done so with great sadness and inner conflict, as I did:

Jean Paradis said...

I already agreed that abortion should be a woman's choice, but I'm really glad I read this, as I too had assumed it was written somewhere in 'the book.' I've been reading the "The Year of Living biblically, and it's a reminder of what a very strange work of fiction the bible really is.