Preaching Politics from the Pulpit on Left and Right


"Vote your values, not your pocketbook.""Vote your principles, not your principal." You want to hear something interesting? You see those two statements above? Both are things I have heard said by ministers standing in the pulpit, the first some years ago and the other this past Sunday. The strange part? The first statement was made by the pastor of the evangelical megachurch in which I grew up while the second statement was made by the pastor of the Unitarian Universalist church I have … [Read more...]

More on Laws and Abortion: A Response to Bad Catholic


Marc of Bad Catholic, also on Patheos, has started a series of posts responding to my article on the pro-life movement. I've just finished reading the first one, and am interested in seeing more of what he has to say in the future. I want to take a moment to respond to his first post, in which he addressed whether or not banning abortion lowers the abortion rate.He starts by quoting what I quoted from a 2008 study in the Lancet: Highly restrictive abortion laws are not associated with lower … [Read more...]

Seven Recent Articles on Abortion Worth Reading


I have been impressed over the last week at the outpouring of interesting and thought-provoking articles being put out regarding the abortion issue. With the election approaching and the increasing role abortion has played in politics recently, I suppose this outpouring only makes sense. Below I post links to the seven articles I have found most interesting, and offer a representative quotation from each. I hope this sort of writing keeps up! Feel free to add additional articles you may have … [Read more...]

A Response to Objections on My Pro-Life Movement Post


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


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...]