Belief in god, like getting pregnant, is a private matter between consenting adults (or one consenting adult and one or more deities) and is no one else’s business. I am on record in this blog (and have not budged an inch) as not objecting to any candidate’s religious views.
But I object strongly when anyone (and especially anyone with political power) tries to take their theology out in public, to inflict those private religious (or sexual) views on other people. In both sex and religion (which combine in the debates about abortion), Sarah Palin’s views make me fear that the Republican party has finally lost its mind.
I am a pro-choice atheist but the utter massive hypocrisy of the leftists’ conceit that they do not impose their “private” values on others nauseates me. Leftist political doctrines, especially those involving sex, boil down to nothing but the imposition by state coercion of minority values on the majority.
Take the case of abortion: Roe v. Wade and related judgments represented the direct imposition of leftist values onto everyone else. All contemporary “abortion rights” laws rest on the wholly arbitrary judgment on the part of leftists that the unborn (zygote, embryo, fetus) is not a human being in any moral or legal sense. To reach this conclusion you must make a leap of faith and adopt the materialistic assumption that humans can observe and measure all phenomena, and that if we cannot observe a phenomenon, such as a soul, then it does not exist. Further, you must make the arbitrary assumption that the unborn do not at any particular stage of materialistic development cross over a line that requires that we protect them. In short, leftists have made an arbitrary decision that as long as the unborn remain inside a woman’s body that she may kill them at any time and in any manner of her choosing.
Worse yet, leftists inject these arbitrary values into the personal choices of families. Leftists have decided that, in the case of abortion, parents have no right to any oversight or even knowledge of someone else’s performing a medical procedure on their minor daughters. Schools cannot give children an aspirin without express written permission, but anyone can give a child of any age an abortion. Leftists have made the arbitrary decision that a child’s desire, real or provoked, to kill the unborn person inside of her trumps every value and concern that any parents might have. The Left runs roughshod over the values of people who do believe that they have the right and responsibility to see to their children’s welfare.
Worst of all, the Left used undemocratic judicial fiat to impose their values on others. In case after case, the Right has gone to the people and actually let them vote on matters while the left has subverted the will of the people.
Abortion and sex-ed represent merely the most dramatic acts of values domination by leftists. In the end, most leftist precepts rely on the idea of imposing the values of leftists onto others by using the violent force of the state. Leftists gleefully force their values onto others even while hypocritically casting the Right as the invaders.
The hypocrisy is blatant and pathetic.