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Friday, October 31, 2008

Politics

I don't particularly like discussing politics with other people. I know how I feel and I know that others feel differently so to maintain good relations with people, I tend to avoid the subject. However, that is a very hard thing to do right now.

There are a couple things about the political scene at the moment that really bug me. First, is the McCain's use of the word "pro-abortion". Whatever happened to "pro-choice"? Most people I know are "pro-choice" and not "pro-abortion". We don't want the government telling us what we can and cannot do with our bodies however we also do not believe in abortion as a form of birth control. Personally, if a woman is healthy and the baby is healthy and the woman does not feel as though she is in a position to raise a child, I would much rather she give it up for adoption. Having suffered from infertility and considered adoption, I know that there are a lot of loving, good people who desperately want a baby. Of course, I know that adoption is not always a good option for people so I don't want their option of abortion to be taken away. It is their choice. So, you see, I'm not "pro-abortion" and I'm extremely insulted that McCain and his people would use that word.

A few other blogs I read have done great posts on this topic and other ways that McCain has insulted women in general.

Why No One With a Uterus Should Vote for John McCain - a little pregnant
More Wounded than Eloquent, I’m Afraid- Flotsam

Second, I don't like how religion has become enmeshed with politics. This country was founded on the basis of separation of church and state. So why has a candidate's religion become so important? Why do people who are religious think that people who are not are bad people. Why does faith and being good go hand in hand? There are plenty of bad Christians out there and plenty of good Atheists as well.

My friend Marc did a great piece about religion and politics in his blog.

Godless Americans - The Legal Satyricon

2 comments:

Marc J. Randazza said...

How do I spell my name?

Anonymous said...

Wow. I always thought that it was about protecting a baby who couldn't fight for himself or herself--not about a "woman's rights."