As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, pro-choicers have done a great job of making a lot of pro-life Americans feel guilty ever bringing up their views on abortion. They’ve done it in two ways:
- When someone argues that the government should limit abortion in any way, they’re accused of injecting religion into politics, or legislating religion, or even trying to create a theocracy. No really, that’s last one is real, not some straw man. For example, it’s what Slate’s Amanda Marcotte claimed was going on when South Dakota required a three-day waiting period for abortion. Full disclosure: I can’t find the three-day waiting period for abortions anywhere in the Bible, but perhaps Ms. Marcotte and I use different versions (my Bible has a simpler, if tougher, rule: Exodus 20:13).
- On the other hand, when someone mentions abortion from the pulpit, they’re accused of politicizing religion. In fact, the Catholic Church was sued back in the 80s for fighting against abortion. The argument was that abortion was a legislative issue that the Church had no business addressing.
These two arguments, in tandem, appear to be part of a campaign to silence pro-life voices, to remove opposition to abortion from the public sphere completely, and to recast it as thinly-veiled misogyny. And the pro-choicers who do so are aided by a simple, and obvious fact. Abortion really is at the nexus of religion and politics.
- Just because your morals are shaped, in whole or in part, by religion doesn’t mean that you have to ignore them in the public sphere. Religion belongs in the public sphere.
- While revealed religion isn’t an acceptable basis for American public policy (e.g., you can’t legislate that everyone attend Mass, or believe in Jesus), morality is, and always has been.
- Many issues, particularly moral ones, are both religious and political. Expect — demand, even — to hear about them in both the realm of religion and politics. Press your political and religious leaders to speak out on the pressing moral issues.