The religious right has roiled the emotional waters on the issue of abortion to such an extent that meaningful dialog is all but impossible. To many people, a fetus is a baby and anyone standing in the way of live birth is a “baby killer” who is less than human. Armed with righteous indignation, the religious right has sought to leverage the government to penalize abortion providers and the injure very women who they expect will raise the child they’re trying to save.
From the left, the “Pro-Life” movement looks like a band of thugs intent on wielding government power in difficult and personal life decisions—decisions that directly interfere with the intimate relationship between a woman and her doctor. The right seems intent on forcing women to bear unwanted children. Where there may have been one poor person, now there are two. I wonder how many in the religious right have been a single mother of a newborn? A little empathy, please.
If you hate the idea of abortion, here are ten constructive (and welcome) things you and the religious right can do to improve the situation.
So, if you’d really like to reduce the abortion rate the above suggestions would have a real effect and we can abandon the failed Christian-based abortion policies in favor of ones that are similar to many European countries and possibly drop the abortion rate dramatically. Even better, we can achieve these goals without being jerks, supporting religious fraud, and treating women like cattle.
All last week I had to listen to reporters falling all over themselves to praise Pope Francis’s performance in front of Congress. And then Francis had a private meeting with prominent anti-gay activist Kim Davis, and all of a sudden everyone is feeling confused and betrayed.
I feel the need to remind people occasionally that you should be listening to The Non-Prophets, because we’ve talked plenty about Pope Francis’ “progressive” persona, and we’ve been openly skeptical of him since the beginning. So here’s your reminder, because even Bill Maher used to gush about this guy:
I think the pope might be an atheist like I think Obama is. He said this week, ‘Pope Frank’ said the Lord has redeemed all of us, not just Catholics, even the atheists. And I was like, I’m going to book my flight to heaven right now.
The fact is that the Catholic Church was not ever becoming as progressive as anyone media seemed to think. On day 1, the pope hired a PR guy who used to work for Fox News. No, seriously, read all about it here. Francis was really good at saying platitudes that sounded like forward movement on certain issues, but were really just repackaging of traditional Catholic dogma.
Lecture by Heina Dadabhoy begins at 2:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, at 40th and Speedway (4001 Speedway, Austin, TX 78751).
Cruise leaves at 6 PM, don’t be late. Meet at 5:30pm at Capital Cruises’ dock, on the river, behind the Hyatt Regency Hotel, on the South side of the river. That’s between the Congress Ave. bridge and the 1st St. bridge, on the South shore. The number for Capital Cruises is (512)480-9264 if you need last minute help, or see their web site.
Heina will also be cohosting The Atheist Experience show tomorrow.
Open thread for September 20th’s show. John graciously substituted for Martin at the last minute.
I forgot to mention this past Sunday on the show that I’ll be talking at River City Reasonfest this weekend hosted by the Humanists, Atheists, & Agnostics of Manitoba. If you’re interested and able to attend, you can find information at the convention website online. The event brags a lot more speakers and presentations than just me and mine–so check it out!
Tracie and John take live calls from the ACA studio in the Freethought Library.
Don talks about the blatant conflicts of interest that Christians have between pleasing their god or being a public servant, a member of our society, or a loving family member.
This Wednesday, September 9, I’ll be giving my “Embrace your Inner Skeptic!” talk for the Secular Student Alliance at University of Texas at Austin. It’s going be in WAG 420 from 5:00-6:00 PM. There will be a Q&A session afterwards, and maybe some other activity.
(If you want to attend, maybe don’t watch the video first, or you’ll hear it twice.)
This video has some A/V sync issues. Sorry.