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Buttigieg on abortion: Parts of the Bible say that life begins at breath, you know

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Thus spaketh the holiest man in progressive America, a guy whose shtick all year on the trail has been to try to put religious conservatives on defense by insisting that he’s a better Christian than they are. That’s clever for many reasons, starting with the fact that talking often about his faith is a way for Buttigieg to blunt attacks that a gay man can’t properly govern a Christian country like the United States. It’s also clever in appealing on a gut level to Democrats, who’ve been lectured for decades by the religious right on their moral failings. Now here comes Mayor Pete to assure them that they, not Republicans, are the true followers of Christ’s example. Imagine how gratifying that must be for them.

I mean, I’m not even religious and I find his sanctimony intensely irritating. “Right,” you can hear Democrats saying, “so put yourself in our shoes from 1980 to 2016.”

He’s not going to be the nominee but he might end up carving out a niche as a surrogate next year in which he travels around reminding Democratic audiences that, as it happens, their policy preferences match up letter-perfectly with “true Christianity” the way Jesus wanted people to practice it. (Coincidentally, the climate-change crisis also appears to require solutions that align in every particular with the pre-crisis leftist agenda.) The most obvious obstacle to that claim is abortion, particularly in an era when Democrats long ago traded “safe, legal, and rare” for “whenever a woman g-ddamned well feels like it.” But he’s already anticipating that objection; as you’re about to see, he has it on authority from Scripture that God might be okay not just with abortion but with late-late-late-term abortion.

Again, in exact alignment with the modern Democratic agenda.

Whether and how often the Bible claims that life begins at “breath” is a question above this atheist’s pay grade but it’s curious to me that this supposedly mainstream understanding has escaped the attention of, for instance, the Catholic Church. I expect Buttigieg would say that he’s not claiming that he knows God’s mind on this subject but rather that pro-lifers can’t know it either. Passages of Scripture conflict, you see. And when that happens, the only conscientious thing to do is to interpret the material in the way that’s most supportive of, uh, infanticide.

Seems to me like you might want to default the Golden Rule when the Bible is hazy on what God wants, but doing that in this case would force Buttigieg to line up with the right on the most sensitive social issue there is. It’s one thing to ask him to kill infants, it’s another thing to ask him to kill his career.

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The Pale Blue Dot

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Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech February 14, 1990
Earth, described by scientist Carl Sagan as a “Pale Blue Dot,” as seen by Voyager 1 from a distance of more than 4 billion miles.

Happy Sunday! I hope this offering pleases you.

The Pale Blue Dot

Each of us goes about our life engrossed in the everyday cacophony that represents being alive in modern society. We worry over meeting the bills, what the city council might decide on a certain zoning issue, or who the President will be in 2020. We revel in our own perceived importance as we ascend the corporate, military or political ladder. Sometimes, it behooves us to consider a larger perspective.

Here is one such perspective. On September 5, 1977, NASA launched Voyager 1, a deep space probe designed to study the outer Solar System. This device performed far better than expected. As I write this, the probe is over 13.6 Billion miles from Earth, the farthest of any devices ever launched by man…and is still responding to commands.

By 1990, Voyager 1 had completed its primary mission and was heading out of the Solar System. However, it was to get one final and most significant mission. Astronomer Carl Sagan prevailed upon NASA to have the spacecraft take a “family portrait” of the planets in the solar system, including Earth. The pictures were taken on Valentine’s Day, 1990 from a distance of 6 billion miles from Earth. The one showing Earth, is the subject of a book by Sagan. You can’t see that picture and read his words, then logically conclude that this all “just happened” on its own.

We succeeded in taking that picture [from deep space], and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives.

The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.

Carl Sagan-1994

As we enjoy this Sunday, our day of rest and devotion, let us all consider our place in the Universe. Yes, we can each strive to be the best Teacher, Businessman or Soldier. We can aspire to achieve high political office or become a sports superstar. But in the end we still live on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

Happy Sunday!

Mike Ford, a retired Infantry Officer, writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters.

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