A Slight Concern
Recently, i've had numerous talks with religious (mostly Christians, like this cool cat to my right from www.swordandspirit.com -->) people in regard to certain "hot topics". Topics such as abortion, gay rights, euthanasia, and stem cell research, to name a few. I can't help but find myself deeply troubled after each discussion. Many religious people ( not based off of just these few recent interactions) don't seem to understand the effects or repercussions of what they believe, (taking things "from faith" aka, a belief that cannot be proven through rational thought, science, etc) especially when it comes down to lawmaking/voting. There are CONSEQUENCES ( or perks if you voted "God's way", except you may have to wait till you die to receive them, oh, and you have to be the right religion/denomination too! Good luck!) when you cast a vote to limit stem cell research, for example.
You are DIRECTLY affecting other peoples' lives, their futures, their families, etc. Wouldn't it be wise to put a significant amount of thought into something such as a vote, before casting it (especially when it affects others)? Or is that asking too much?(Yeah, i know it may be at the same time as Celebrity Fit Club, but please, help humanity).
Let's think about abortion for a moment. Godless heathens killing unborn babies, right? Well, it's not quite what your religious leader would like you to think. Most Christians (in addition to other religious groups), from my own research and experience, want to simply outlaw abortion. On what grounds are you basing this off of? Have you made an elaborate investigation into the subject? What are your references? (Please don't say the Bible, please don't say the Bible (insert other religious documents here) Oh, the Bible...what a surprise, the epitome of truth and justice of all human literature. I've heard countless arguments for why abortion is wrong from Christians, all stemming from the Bible. " God is the only one who can give life and take life away", is one which i hear quite often.
Alright, well let's return to the secular realm, the real world which we all live in today. First of all, can you prove your beliefs in your God? No. Ok, so... let's keep our minds in the real world. "In 2003-2004, there were an average annual 204,370 victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assault" in America, according to a reputable organization. Why does your God allow this to happen? Free will defense? They are pagans? But anyways, in some of these cases, the victim can be pregnant from the attacker, what should we do? Shall we make the victim have the rapist's baby? That way, we wouldn't upset ol' J-man(cause he directly speaks of this situation in the Bible (insert other religious documents here) right?). Absolutely not, that's just absurd. We should allow the victim to have an abortion. Should we permit abortion at all times, across all situations? Honestly, i have no idea...and because i have no idea, i'm going to do the right thing for humanity, and keep my opinions out(voting included) until i have done major research. I beg you, if you know nothing on a subject, do not get involved with it( unless it's impartial research) because your ignorance can be deleterious to others.
PLEASE remember that you are AFFECTING other people's lives drastically. Do you have any idea what kind of damage you can cause (due to beliefs based generally on childhood influences or a simple lack of knowledge)?
Due to the sheer length of the post, i shall continue with the other topics on another day. Meanwhile, check out these interesting anti-abortion pictures. My personal favorites are the "return to sender" and "abortion mill" pictures.