The Viewpoints question presented on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade is how can we have a respectful, productive dialogue?
I think the manner in which people talk about this subject is key but in the end it seems people have made up their mind and come to the issue to fight more than find new paths forward.
I get pretty confused about the liberal/progressive positions on a number of current hot button issues. When it comes to rejecting a violent God, the bloodshed of the Bible, the cross or Hell one appeals to love, peace and the power of a nurturing, healing community and our obvious modern sensibilities. When it comes to guns, the same logic reigns, we are above killing one another, we should seek paths of peace and lay down our weapons of violence against one another. When it comes to the death penalty or war, similar arguments resound, who are we mere mortals able to make choices that would end a life with so many possibilities of redemption and reform yet to happen.
But when it comes to abortion, one of the most gruesome human practices against the most vulnerable, budding hope of the future and it's multitude of possibilities, the same reasoning is abandoned for the libertarian position of...free choice.
How can someone who upholds love, peace, nonviolence and creation care and stands against all other manifestations of human violence and yet choose to support such a horrific practice as abortion?
This type of philosophical and theological lycanthropy is very difficult for me to understand.