The Sin of Self-Righteousness

The Sin of Self-Righteousness June 12, 2019

There has been much in the media about the 25 white male members of the Alabama legislature who voted for the now-infamous abortion bill that was signed into law by the governor…a woman.

White men took away a woman’s right to choose, even in the first trimester. Shouldn’t most women, even so-called pro-life women, have some qualms about such a draconian law? How many women in Alabama are in favor of that? According to this article, a lot of Alabama women were happy to shut down their gender’s right to choose:

The Alabama law goes against the national consensus, according to a recent Gallup poll:

According to the poll, pro-life and pro-choice Americans are split evenly, with 48% on each side. But 60% think that abortion should be legal in the first trimester, and that includes a third of those who identify as pro-lifers. Think about that. Those are people who would not choose to have an abortion, but they think all women should have that choice, at least in the first three months of pregnancy. They have their beliefs, but they are not self-righteous about them.

The rest of the pro-lifers, and a lot of them are women, are happy with the law passed by those 25 white men. They have their beliefs, and they are anxious to impose them on everybody. They know what’s best for women who would even think of having an abortion.

Gallup didn’t correlate the poll results with religious belief, but it’s likely that almost all the pro-lifers are evangelical Christians or Catholics. According to this Wiki article, 86% of Alabama residents identify themselves as Christians, 49% as evangelical Protestants, 7% as Catholics.

What does their religion say about abortion? Not what their religious leaders say; what does the Bible say? Silence. It does not say anything. Here, from a Christian Bible reference site:

Abortion, infanticide and child abandonment were permitted under Roman law at the time of Jesus. Surprisingly, abortion is never mentioned in the Bible, despite the fact that it has been practiced since ancient times by a variety of means. However, a number of Bible passages have been cited as being relevant to the abortion issue. They may well state some general principles that are relevant, but none of them were originally intended as statements about abortion.

As this article notes, the Catholic Church has opposed abortion since the first century. The Reformation split off the Protestant sects, but some of them retained the Catholic position on abortion. Others did not. There are some really good words in this article about the “sin of self-righteousness” and the need for compassion and understanding of others. I wish all opponents of abortion would read this.  If I were President, I would declare a state of emergency, and a issue a proclamation that every citizen of the state of Alabama has to read it…uh…or find someone who can read it to them.

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