A Response to Objections on My Pro-Life Movement Post

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After reading through the massive comment thread on my post on how I lost faith in the pro-life movement, I have put together a list of questions and points to be addressed. I will be writing future, more focused followup posts looking at some of these issues, but I thought I would briefly address some of questions and comments here first.1. My current position on the morality of abortionWhen I first became pro-choice I would have described myself as being pro-choice for pragmatic reasons. I … [Read more...]

How I Lost Faith in the “Pro-Life” Movement

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UPDATE: Welcome readers from facebook and elsewhere! Please subscribe through the buttons at the right if you enjoy this post.The spring of my sophomore year of college I was president of my university's Students for Life chapter. The fall of my junior year of college I cut my ties with the pro-life movement. Five years later I have lost the last shred of faith I had in that movement. This is my story.I was raised in the sort of evangelical family where abortion is the number one … [Read more...]

Richard Mourdock on Rape and God’s Plan

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The internet is abuzz about statements made by Indiana's Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Richard Mourdock, in last night's debate: Richard Mourdock, a Republican candidate running to represent Indiana in the Senate, has caused a great deal of controversy with a remark he made in the context of a discussion of whether abortion should be allowed for rape victims. His reply included the following: I know that there are some who disagree and I respect their point of view but I believe that li … [Read more...]

Mitt Romney Doesn’t Get Women

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There's been lots and lots of talk about Romney's positions on women, especially his anecdote about seeking out "binders full of women" when appointing people to state positions as governor (which by the way turned out to be false).  Frankly, I don't have time to get into everything Romney has said about women, or his flip flopping and double talk about things like insurance coverage of contraception or whether he would work to outlaw abortion. And frankly, lots of other people out there are … [Read more...]

I Care about a Candidate’s Values, Not Faith

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Does a candidate's faith matter? This is a question I have been pondering ever since the question "would you vote for a conservative atheist or a liberal Christian?" went around the atheist blogosphere a few weeks ago. My thoughts? I personally feel that no, a candidates faith does not matter, but his or her values do. In other words, I don't care whether a candidate is a Mormon or a Christian or a Muslim or a Jew or an Atheist or a pagan but I do care whether a candidate values secularism, … [Read more...]

Stoning Rebellious Children? A Look At Dominionism

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There's a story going around the internet about a candidate for state office in Arkansas who wrote a book that argues, among other things, that parents should be able to have rebellious children executed. Here's more: Charlie Fuqua, the Republican candidate for the Arkansas House of Representatives who called forexpelling Muslims from the United States in his book, also wrote in support for instituting the death penalty for “rebellious children.”In “God’s Law,” Fuqua’s 2012 book, the candida … [Read more...]

Fixing the Relationship between Faith and Politics

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What's wrong--and what's right--with the role of faith in American politics today? This is a big and complex question, and this post is simply an attempt to offer some thoughts. In it I will address two things that I see wrong with the role of faith in American politics today and two critical areas I believe may help improve the relationship between faith and politics. Feel free to share yours as well or to seek to extend what I've written here. Problem #1: The necessity of paying lip s … [Read more...]


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