Sex as sacrament, abortion as religious ritual

More from Mary Eberstadt and her new book, discussing how sex is the sacrament for the new religion and abortion is its sacred ritual.  She  also notes how if abortion proponents were truly “pro-choice,” there would be times for abortion’s  defenders to choose against it, but this never happens.  She also observes that people aren’t losing their jobs for self-publishing books against, say, stealing.  No one gets in trouble for citing the Book of Ruth.  Rather, virtually all of the opposition to Christianity and to religious liberty today derives from Christianity’s opposition to the sexual revolution.

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Clinton ad tries to woo Christians with pro-life imagery

Clinton’s SuperPAC is running an ad showing a disabled child, complete with parents talking about seeing her on ultra-sound and saying what a “blessing” she is in their lives.  The point of the ad, though, is not to make a case that you shouldn’t abort disabled infants in the womb, as is the common practice.  It is to attack Donald Trump for allegedly mocking the disabled when he made fun of a handicapped reporter.  Someone should ask Clinton if she believes in the pro-life message of her ad.  Also, which she considers worse, to mock the disabled or to abort them.

In the meantime, I suppose Christians should be glad that Clinton is trying to get their votes.  But I doubt that they will sway the ticket as much as Bernie Sanders has.

See the ad after the jump, along with a story about it.

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Libertarian candidates against liberty

The Libertarians had a prime opportunity to make their party an alternative to voters who oppose both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.  And yet, say several commentators, they blew their chances by nominating two candidates who are not only pro-abortion, but are also explicitly anti-religious liberty.  Gary Johnson and Bill Weld believe discrimination statues should apply to Christians who do not want to participate in gay weddings.  And Johnson has even called for outlawing the burqa for Muslim women.  And yet Weld supported such anti-liberty measures as the Patriot Act, Eminent Domain, and gun control!

Libertarians who have actually been elected to major public offices, though–such as Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Justin Amash, and Tom Massie–are also pro-life!   Neither social conservatives nor “the liberty caucus” appear to have a candidate. [Read more…]

When liberals were pro-life and conservatives were pro-abortion

We’ve blogged about the book by Daniel K. Williams, Defenders of the Unborn:  The Pro-Life Movement before Roe v. Wade, which shows how opposing abortion used to be a liberal issue.  The Religion & Politics site features a fascinating interview with Prof. Williams, who goes on to observe that conservatives were often the ones supporting legalized abortion.

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Libertarians put two governors on their ticket

Gary Johnson, former Republican governor of New Mexico, was nominated to be the Libertarian candidate for president at the party’s convention over the weekend.  His running mate will be Bill Weld, former Republican governor of Massachusetts.  This means that the Libertarian candidates have more executive government experience and so are arguably better qualified than either the Democratic or the Republican nominee! [Read more…]

Methodists go pro-life

We mustn’t give up on the Protestant mainline.  At its recent General Conference, the United Methodist Church voted to repeal its four-decades-old resolution supporting abortion.  It also voted to withdraw from the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. [Read more…]