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Abortion bad, choice good

Posted: November 30, 2009 4:36 p.m.
Updated: December 1, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Today, it's religion, sex and politics - a mélange which should please just about everyone.

I consider myself a secular humanist or Buddhist. Some folks on the religious/political right equate secular humanism with situational ethics, and occasionally evil incarnate. They seem to think no child (or adult, for that matter) can distinguish right from wrong unless they are forced to adhere to some absolute "religious" doctrine. Apparently, only their God knows the difference.

Some people in Santa Clarita, and in the United States, think the Bible is the doctrine and law for acceptable behavior in our country. Others may have something else in mind as the supreme rule book.

Perhaps the most ridiculous part of any religious doctrine is stating that certain text was written by God and thus infallible. Mankind is asked (by religious leaders who covet followers and adherence) to take it on faith that such is true.

I'd like to talk to the men who wrote those books and find out why "God's words" have so many discrepancies within each book, and even more among the many so-called God-written books.

I imagine many millenniums ago, most humans didn't have the knowledge or wisdom to survive and thrive in a community with other humans. The strong saw nothing wrong with taking from the weak, like animals do.

They didn't seem to realize that coveting their neighbor's mate could lead to trouble. The more highly evolved humans had to teach the masses that to work together for the greater good was a good thing.

I think some clever, manipulative humans discovered fear of the unknown was an even more powerful motivator than fear of big muscles or a big stick.

Those humans used their persuasive skills to convince the others only they knew the secrets of the gods: the Rain God, the Sun God, the God of the Crops or the Animals. People looked to the "wise" men for spiritual guidance and began worshiping the gods so they would have a better life - and the priesthood was born.

Eventually, people realized their crops weren't determined by a Crop God, but the religious tyrants evolved as well and decided there would be only one great and mysterious god that determined everything for everyone (and by the way, that only the Religious Leader possessed the key to being blessed by The God).

They were so clever they even wrote books about it. Those books were believable because they were based on historical legends and many commonly believed myths.

Not so amazingly, the books always managed to put the religious leaders in a class above the common people, with dominion over them. Some of those books are the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Koran and the Book of Mormon.

Our country was ostensibly founded on religious freedom, but the religious/political leaders of the right claim that their god and their magical books should have dominion over all people.

They want to deny people free will and choice and would like us to become a theocracy.

Latter-day right-wing politicians differ little from ancient religious despots. Each uses fear to manipulate the masses to comply with their wishes and their self-serving goals.

When Republicans had control of the presidency, the House and the Senate, they did nothing to establish anything like universal health care for all Americans, yet now, they want us to believe that they actually want it.

Republicans, fearing the overwhelming support for universal coverage will bring it about, are working to make the price too dear.

They are killing the public option so their friends at the insurance companies can continue their ungodly usury. Now, they are threatening to deny any kind of universal health coverage for all Americans unless they are granted control over women's reproduction. They are despicable.

Catholic, Christian and Mormon leaders are proud to proclaim that God gave people "free will" and "free choice," but somehow they don't think our government should allow women to use that will or make that choice.

I think most people agree abortion isn't a good form of birth control, but I also don't think it's fair to bring an unwanted child into a loveless and hopeless home to suffer a horrible life.

But then again, it shouldn't be up to me to make that determination. Nor should it be up to you or the government.

The choice should always be the woman's.

Bruce McFarland represents the 17th Senatorial District in the California and Los Angeles County Democratic Party. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. "Democratic Voices" appears Tuesdays in The Signal and rotates among several local Democratic activists.


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