Religion and affairs of state
This is an extract from todays Sunday Independent (24th. July 2016) as published from one of our GSRMA members (Cork Branch). Well done on its publication.
Sir — The hypocrisy associated with much of the rhetoric coming from the anti-abortion lobby lately puts me in the untenable position of being unable to decide what to support or what to oppose anymore. The taking of human life, both inside and outside the womb has been around in a grand scale since time immemorial and it is men, not women who have been the perpetrators of most of these atrocities. The invasion of Iraq by George W Bush, for example has resulted in the death of upwards of 250,000 people — mostly civilians — in clearly what was an unjust war and I don’t recall there being any hullabaloo about that. Instead it has been decided to target and prey upon a handful of vulnerable women with problems of mind and body which only they themselves are capable of comprehending. A number of knowledgeable people, including Hippocrates and Descartes have been misquoted recently in support of the anti-abortion campaign with little or no concern for the bigger picture or the other side of this story. To give the issue a bit more balance, therefore permit me to quote from what the aforementioned George W Bush had to say prior to invading Iraq.
The former president said: “The Christian religion is the greatest the world has ever seen and we Americans must continue to live up to its principles, through good times and bad. God bless America.” Everybody is entitled to their religious beliefs but I cannot accept that imposing these beliefs upon other people by way of the constitution or legislation is the right way to go. Experience tells me that religious people who want to share their beliefs with all and sundry almost never want to share the religious views of others with themselves.The obvious solution to this problem is to keep religion out of the affairs of state by whatever means and then the people of the world may be able to live in peaceful coexistence again. Pat Daly Midleton Co Cork.
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