Matt Z wrote:
Ironman, I find it interesting that you chose to characterize socially conservative Catholics as sheep who blindly follow Church doctrine. Did it ever occur to you that some Catholics might agree with the Church's teachings, or that some people actually convert to Catholicism because they like what the Church stands for.
I also find it a little strange that you assume that religion is the ONLY possible reason someone might have for being pro-life.
I think what I do about socially conservative Catholics because I was raised Catholic and I know a lot of Catholics. They don't really know much about what is in the bible. Now without getting into problems with the bible such as the contradictions, mistranslations, forgeries and all that sort of thing, I want to focus on practice. The Church just invented things here and there. Catholics just follow it. It's stuff that is not even in the bible. That is blind following.
Religion explains nearly all pro life. Other brainwashing or simply not understanding things is another reason. It depends on what you mean though, if you want to stop just late term elective abortion I could understand that. I wouldn't want to pass a law, but I could understand people wanting to. Personally I would like to eliminate late term elective abortions by providing comprehensive sex education, and easy access to birth control, morning after pills, pregnancy tests and cut the red tape on abortions so that when they happen, it is early on. I would also want adoption made easier.
The problem with the right is you can usually sum up what they want to do in one sentence on most issues. Like abortion, it's "ban it." If you can make it that brief, it's not a good comprehensive plan, and it is going to do more harm than good. Now if your plan is detailed and the overview is a paragraph or more without padding it with pretentious language, you may have something good there.
So it's great wanting to stop abortion, but we need to do it in a way that will actually work.
I also don't like the pope, his Africa/condom comments are murder by negligence. He was part of the Nazi youth. The Catholic church has brought us such lovely things like witch burnings, the crusades, the Spanish inquisition, indulgences, war in Europe for about 100 years in the 16th and 17th centuries, and more recently moving pedophile priest from parish to parish. I think the celibacy vows can eventually lead to pedophilia in some men.