Friday, July 6, 2012

One size fits all.


Fat issue into skinny package

High profile people have a way of finding their opinions published in the news media and this morning is a good example. Brad Pitt’s mom apparently felt inclined to express her perspective on the presidential competition with the following:  “Any Christian should spend much time in prayer before refusing to vote for a family man with high morals, business experience, who is against abortion, and shares Christian convictions concerning homosexuality just because he is a Mormon.”

So let me grasp this combo: Christian=family man=high morals=business experience=anti abortion=homophobia. According to Mama Pitt (Brads mom), that pretty much sums it up, thus “Vote for Mr. Romney”. I don’t know how Brad feels about his mom’s perspective but if she was my mom I think I’d want to hide her under the bed.

First of all the implication here is that anyone labeling themselves “Christian” should be held in high esteem. There are ample reasons to question that premise. By way of example consider the following, from another Christian:

“Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.” And “Each one of us today may regret the fact that the advent of Christianity was the first occasion on which spiritual terror was introduced into the much freer ancient world.” Lest we forget, that was a quote from Mein Kampf by author Adolph Hitler. And granted his xenophobia in this quote concerned those ‘evil’ Jews but he wasn’t fond of homosexuals either, never mind that scholars today think he probably was one. Between 1933–1945, an estimated 100,000 men were arrested as homosexuals and somewhere between 5,000 to 15,000 eventually perished in extermination camps all due to the orchestration of this fine Christian.

So much for high Christian morals and homosexuals. But how about this other: “anti-abortion” wedded to Christians? Is the implication here that these two equate? Can a Christian, or any person of conscience, be against abortion (as an unswerving standard)? The problem with a law either for or against abortion is the expectation of justice. There are occasions when it is just to allow abortion and occasions when it is just to not allow it. The law rarely acknowledges such wise discernment and we end up fostering “anti-justice” in our desire to create a one-size-fits-all world.

I am not a high profile person so my opinions don’t find their way into the published news media. But Dharma Space is my forum and I can say what I want to my small audience, which might be a wee bit more intelligent than the average bear. What I wish is that all of us would stop such insane lumping together of complex issues and use the brains God gave us all. But perhaps that is expecting too much. 
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