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Monday, February 20, 2012

This Might Be Why America Was Founded As A Secular Nation With No Established Religion, Eh?

I guess I'm having too much fun with Santorum and Scripture of late, but here's Ed Kilgore setting me off again:

As a Roman Catholic, of course, Rick Santorum doesn’t follow a theology that is based strictly on the Bible, either, but on centuries of (selectively applied) Church teachings...

This is partly why I asked my question about Catholics and the Bible earlier.  Having argued theology with people of many different faiths, it has been my experience that Catholic understanding of Scripture per se is not so strong as, say, Baptists', perhaps because of catechism and Sacred Tradition being important channels to access Biblical content?  Dunno, but I've met more Catholics who are suprised when I note something is (or isn't) in the Bible than those of other Christian franchises. YMMV.

Regardless, it always amuses and frightens me when people start talking about something or someone not being good and Biblical.  Because, you know, the Bible is a pretty big fucking book with lots and lots of stories, translations and interpretations that can come into conflict, which is why people often don't agree on anything about it.

Like, you know how some folks assure us that the Bible tells us abortion is wrong?  Yeah well, if I'm reading Genesis 2...

 7And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

...and Ezekiel 37...

 5Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:

 6And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

...I see God telling me that a foetus ain't a person because it hasn't been given the Spirit (breath) yet.  Just like an acorn ain't an oak tree, so you can't really prevent a woman from "killing" her unborn potential human being because it ain't alive yet.

The vast majority of us have agreed--practically unanimously across secular and non-secular worlds--murder is bad because it harms individual rights, can really disrupt society, and we form government to protect ourselves.  Since there is significant disagreement on foetal status versus women who are clearly actual, living human beings with natural and legal rights, perhaps this is best left to your own personal, protected religious expression--don't have an abortion!--and you can leave the rest of us the fuck alone.

As the Good Book says:

 1Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

 2For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.

 3Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.

 4Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

Can't argue with that.

ntodd

PS--And the Lord also sayeth, if thee have spare shekels, render unto NTodd that thou entereth the kingdom of blogging.

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You haunt my dreams

Posted by: WalterNeff | Feb 21, 2012 12:03:58 AM

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