Help! Why can’t progressives “get” the obsession with abortion?

We could do this–we could reach across the aisles, across the abortion rhetoric and say, “ALL life has value” as well as “Some situations are tragic and need special consideration.” Dear Thoughtful Pastor: For a long time, I have been bothered by the seemingly unshakable fidelity of Christian voters to the single issue of abortion. [Read More…]

Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Are unborn children without sin?

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: Can you help me with the theological underpinnings of this? Do religious folks who object to abortion believe that unborn children are without sin? I thought Christians believed that all humans are conceived and born into sin. If not, why baptize infants? Wow–that’s a question I have not thought about before. And [Read More…]

More on Beautiful Rape Babies

Yesterday I posted a rant after I heard about yet another politician putting the words “Beautiful” in the same sentence as “Rape” by affirming that any baby resulting from rape is beautiful. Yes, any baby is beautiful. But . . . never, ever should “rape” and “beauty” be equated in such a way. Doing so [Read More…]

The Separation of Sex and Procreation: What Can Separate Us from the Love of God?

The “Father of the Pill” is quoted in an article as saying that “he believes that the Pill will become obsolete because men and women will choose to freeze their eggs and sperm when young before being sterilised [sic].” He contends that IVF (in vitro fertilization) will become so common, safe and affordable that it [Read More…]

Girl Scouts, Cookies, The Far Right and Christians

How we do love to kill one another. I have this vision of a far-right, sure-of-her-righteousness Christian standing with a huge gun, surrounded by bleeding, rotting corpses, saying to God, “Hey–look at me–I just cleaned out all the sinners for you. I’m the only one who was willing to go to the end for you! [Read More…]

Further Thoughts on the Texas Abortion Decision: Framing the Question

An Ideal World I’m with Rick Perry, Governor of Texas (whom I personally find embarrassing in his egomaniacal drive to become President of the US) on one thing only:  in an ideal world, there would be no abortions. But also in an ideal world there would be cohesive families, no rape or incest, no fetal deformities [Read More…]

Wendy Davis, Courage, and the Sacredness of the Womb

It’s all over the Texas news–and national news by now.  Texas Democratic Senator Wendy Davis, probably forever known now by her pink sneakers, is rapidly becoming a media icon. Why? Because this courageous woman stood for hours and fought with everything she had against huge injustice. Now, let me make myself clear: Abortion is not something [Read More…]