Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Once We Were Christians
THE ARTICLE: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/01/anti-abortion-laws-legislation-clinics-dangerous-methods
ME: Laws against abortion don't prevent abortion. They prevent safe abortion, and in the process they promote unsafe abortion. > Roberts’ past work is part of a body of evidence suggesting that women who want an abortion aren’t deterred by abortion restrictions. “We’re not finding anything that would turn that assumption completely on its head,” she said. “Women who really want an abortion, for the most part, will figure out how to get one.” <
DAN: Weak politicians pump up the excitement among the religious and any other people who might vote for them. Especially when they can't think of anything more important to do.
ME: Once upon a time evangelicals deeply believed politics was a dirty, bad thing. It was something which could pull them in and make them lust after worldly power instead of being dedicated to saving souls. They were right.
Then some Republican Party operatives realized there was a whole pool of untapped voters available in fundamentalist churches, if only they could find one subject to rouse them up. They finally settled on abortion, previously not an area of great interest in evangelical churches, and sent out propaganda films to create a new interest and generate new Republican voters.
It worked. Evangelical churches have been transformed into Republican Party campaign centers. Pastors are now political operatives. Party platforms have replaced the Gospels.
"Blessed be the name of (insert name of current candidate)!"