The current debates, if the acrimonious mud-slinging of recent days may be given so dignified a name, over gun control and abortion give rise to a few questions.
First, does the "right to life" not include victims of mass murder by semi-automatic weapons? If not, why is the extreme "Christian" right not screaming at Congress for the disgraceful delay in gun control legislation? Is it pure coincidence that candidates for election so frequently claim to support Right to Life while also bragging that they are supporters of the NRA? Oh, and, of course, they are usually dedicated "Christians" of the WWJD brand. Isn't it the sin — the Deadly Sin — of pride to assume that one knows what Jesus, a most unorthodox Jew, might do? When challenged, their usual response is to quote the Bible.
Fine, but how about quoting the Q'uran, the Torah, the Buddha or innumerable others? The usual answer to this is that the Bible is "the word of God." Why? Because it's been written down for centuries? So was the Odyssey.
Not everyone accepts the Bible, particularly when interpreted by people with an agenda, as the ultimate authority.
Most of us, it seems, believe in something, just not always the same things. Please, please, could we return to the concept of "live and let live?"
And get rid of the guns.
P.S. - Yes, I know that there was an attack by a knife-wielding maniac. But he didn't have a 30-round assault rifle, and no one has, at the time of writing, died as a result of his actions.