Originally published Feb. 6, 2010 Reviewed today after minor editing.
This is not a blog about the rights of gay men and women to offer their lives as protection of their country. This is not a blog addressing the abilities of gay men and women to perform the duties connected with military service. This is not a blog about the controversy surrounding gay men and women, their patriotism, their willingness to serve, or the prospect of their death protecting our lives. Before I move to a different and equally illogical “Don’t Ask”, I will thank the men and women of the Armed Services, no matter the sexual orientation from their birth.
Thank you, Gentle Women and Gentlemen, for whatever part of your being delivers the courage to protect this country through military service.
Now, on with my ramble.
Recently, a rather devout person said, “God killed Dr. Tiller.” (Dr. Tiller ran a clinic where abortions were performed. He died after being shot by an anti-abortion person.)
Yesterday (Feb 5, 2010) I wrote about finding love to find God. That would seem to mean that God isn’t in the business of killing. His omnipotence can alter minds, fill hearts and create change, right?. Why would anyone think that God would descend to killing? Why would an all-powerful Being snuff out a life to make a point? When God decided that Dr. Tiller was wrong to perform abortions ending the life of a child, why would ending the life of a man bring closure to that situation?
Some years ago, I heard a beautiful presentation on the sacredness of life. The speaker was powerful in his belief that it was a duty to protect the unborn…to bring each life into the world, no matter the circumstances.
After he finished, I asked the speaker what his group did to protect the young life once it came into the world. How far did this group go to insure a measure of quality for this unwanted child. “We encourage adoption”, was the reply. Those words just hung in the air— like an albatross.
Me, too. I urge adoption. In fact, I urge birth control, avoiding the need for a choice between abortion and adoption. But when all else fails, who cares for these unwanted and un-adopted babies?
A separate and recent conversation was with an intense and committed member of a large church community. This sincere gentlemen talked about abortion and birth control being two sides of the same sin…that both denied a life sent from God. Both ‘sins’, he said, were equally grievous. Pardon me?
I am asking, struggling with this. Where is the logic of sin in birth control. How does birth control harm through malicious intent? Isn’t there a bit of insanity in the man’s position? I cannot find the logic. I am asking.