Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
It's a really tricky topic because, at least in my opinion, both sides have very valid points.
When I look at it from a religious perspective, I guess I see it a bit differently to how many Christians see it. Choosing and following a religion isn't just about saying you believe in something, it's about living your life everyday in accordance with those beliefs. No religion says it all should be easy, decisions aren't meant to be easy, but people are often "meant" to spend their lives proving their faith.
So if the teachings of the bible, or any other religious text, were to be made law, who would be Christian? If people followed those laws because they are afraid of the consequences of disobeying, or of informal social punishments, or just because they are the laws, are they really Christian? They don't have to make the sacrifices, make the choices, or live their lives according to their god, that choice isn't really theirs anymore. What is the value in all of this?
Or you could look at a less regulated society where people genuinely make their own choices. Such as about abortion. If you're Christian and believe abortion is bad and choose not to get one on your beliefs, then aren't you proving yourself, in a way, to god? Aren't you living how you think he wants you to? If that choice wasn't there, that opportunity to be as you think god wants you to be wouldn't either.
In fact, a lot of religion is based onbeing not how others are. That's what draws people together, shared adversity, shared difference. Even commandments often command not to do what others do. However, by taking away that choice to do what you believe is right and wrong, you're taking away the essential part of being religious, which is changing the way you live your life. It's the choices you make that have value I think.
I guess I shared my "religious" side view on it because I think the rape victim scenario doesn't help at all. It's not about arguing that some situations are so awful that you should do it, trying to work out which one is worse because then you've already given half your ground. When you start arguing it on grounds of trauma etc, you're already conceding that it shouldn't be allowed in normal circumstances. To me the only argument is that people need to choose what's right and wrong for them. If someone is religious then the choices they make are making them religious, not the laws around them - every choice they make everyday is what makes them "Christian" (or whatever religion). Taking away choice isn't just taking a freedom, it's also taking away religion because that is a choice.
I don't know, just my thoughts on it. I'm pro choice, however I am anti-abortion, I think it's a rather horrible thing and I don't think I could ever do it. But I'm glad that's a choice I can make for myself. I can see how others see it differently though, and it's just generally something I don't discuss. I've known people who've had abortions, and I've supported them in their decisions just as support my friends who have children now.
Good luck with your story, but I don't think it will change any minds.
Last edited by Saskia; 09-15-2013 at 09:16 PM.