With God On Our Side

“Warning: Graphic Abortion Photos Ahead.”

So read a temporary sign chained to a street sign in a neighborhood near mine last week.

Down the road, sure enough, there were the photos, held up by proud pro-lifers, so desperate to save us all. I gave one group a sneer as I drove past, but they had tied their self-righteous blinders on too tightly to take notice.

I can engage in a debate about abortion anytime; what concerns me here is the amount of moxie it takes one to display his convictions at a busy intersection on a Thursday afternoon in July.

The way I see it, there are two types of people in the world: those who believe in something no matter what, even when (and especially when) confronted with divergent viewpoints—and those who are willing to have serious philosophical discussions in which they accept the reality that a single answer may never be reached.

Religion tends to recruit the first group, the stubborn herd. Philosophy appeals to the second group, the free-thinkers who refuse to hide behind short-sighted conclusions.

It’s ironic that members of the stubborn herd, so confident that God is on their side, often feel compelled to display their rigid beliefs in a way that merely exposes their insecurities. People comfortable with ambiguity and philosophical incongruities don’t need to shout the Truth at random folks trying to get home on a Thursday afternoon in July.

2 thoughts on “With God On Our Side

  1. Tom July 18, 2011 / 7:46 am

    I believe that abortion is morally wrong. I also have to two daughters who I love. I can not fathom what it would be like to be a woman with an unwanted pregnancy. So even though I do not like the idea of abortion I think that women should have the choice. Also whenever someone claims to know what God wants I must remind them that from what I have learned God will forgive anybody who is truly sorry for their sins.


  2. Kathy July 18, 2011 / 2:56 pm

    Frankly, I wish some people would stop publicizing their “opinions” on certain topics. I find it bothersome when I see giant billboards or bumper stickers about topics that are purely “subjective” and often offensive. I also believe that some citizens of “the good ole US of A” have taken their 1st amendment rights to the extreme!


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