What Do You Put on the Altar of Your Heart?

What Do You Put on the Altar of Your Heart? September 17, 2015

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Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Democracy Chronicles https://www.flickr.com/photos/democracychronicles/

Pro life people must not confine their pro life thinking to the tiny intellectual boxes created by the two major political parties.

The Democrats and the Republicans have created this silo mentally for their own self-serving purposes. It does not benefit the cause of the sanctity of human life. It can actually harm it.

I wrote about this for the National Catholic Register.

Here is part of what I said:

My Grandmother used to say, “That’s like a choice between hanging and a firing squad.”

I wrote a post decrying the lack of a single, unifying objective for the pro-life movement. I also asked readers to offer their thoughts about how to word such an objective for the pro-life movement. I was looking for a one-sentence objective, something on which we could hang discussions about strategies and tactics. The resulting discussion in the comboxes was most edifying.

As people settled into a discursive back and forth, it became obvious that they thought being pro-life in the political sense does not mean protecting human life from conception to natural death. Rather, it means choosing whether to kill the child with abortion or to deny the child the basics of life after birth. It’s as if Satan himself set up the choices for pro-life people, which, in a way, is what has happened.

Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/rhamilton/elephants-and-donkeys-have-no-place-on-the-altar-of-your-heart/#ixzz3m1XUzZws


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5 responses to “What Do You Put on the Altar of Your Heart?”

  1. Yes, we are a divided country. But come on Rebecca, no one is denying the basics of life to anyone in this country. Last time I checked there was housing, medicaid, education, and food stamps available. By glossing over what is available to the poor you are encouraging this division.

  2. And yet the Republicans are continually cutting back on such entitlements. A man who would cut funding to WIC is just as against life as the man who would fund Planned Parenthood.

  3. I understand your point Manny, and it has merit. I’m reacting to the things I’ve seen in politics. The Ds really do enable abortion, and the Rs really do transfer public monies into corporate coffers and work constantly to find ways to deep six retirements of all sorts in order to give the $ to the 1%. The refusal of our legislature in Oklahoma to build storm shelters in schools because the Chamber wanted to do away with the franchise tax (the potential source of the funding) is a case in point. We dug little children out of the rubble and everyone knows that sooner or later it will happen again. I get deeply angry every time I think about it. That’s where I’m coming from with that comment.

  4. Depends how much goes into the entitlement. An entitlteman is not an open checkbook. Obviously we don’t have people on the streets and starving.