Monday, October 15, 2012

Killing Americans – following Religion

PAUL KRUGMAN summary: “The Romney-Ryan position on health care is that many millions of Americans must be denied health insurance, and millions more deprived of the security Medicare now provides, in order to save money. At the same time, of course, Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan are proposing trillions of dollars in tax cuts for the wealthy. So a literal description of their plan is that they want to expose many Americans to financial insecurity, and let some of them die, so that a handful of already wealthy people can have a higher after-tax income.”

In the debate, Candidate Ryan said: “Our church should not have to sue our federal government to maintain their religious liberties. And with respect to abortion, the Democratic Party used to say they wanted it to be safe, legal and rare. Now they support it without restriction and with taxpayer funding. Taxpayer funding in Obamacare, taxpayer funding with foreign aid.

Translation: The Federal law, the laws of secular society, should be directed  -- along with its monetary resources -- to reflect MY religious values, and not those of the rest of the nation, or how it complies with a UNIVERSAL Golden Rule… providing other nations with the Good Sumerian assistance we would want them to provide … if we needed it.

BIDEN said: “My religion defines who I am, and I've been a practicing Catholic my whole life. And has particularly informed my social doctrine. The Catholic social doctrine talks about taking care of those who -- who can't take care of themselves, people who need help.  With regard to -- with regard to abortion, I accept my church's position on abortion … I accept it in my personal life. … I do not believe that we have a right to tell other people that -- women they can't control their body.”

Translation:  The Church governs personal choices of a religious nature.  The Church interpretation DOES NOT govern secular choices, nor do its rules of behavior, or interpretations of doctrine, over ride the specific  example of the Good Sumerian … who, if he had left the wounded man to die, would have been following his churches traditional doctrine, and not the will of his deity.

Golden Rule:  If you want the right to control your body, do not deny that right to others… nor allow them to usurp your right to control yours.

RYAN: “The policy of a Romney administration is to oppose abortion with exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother.  Now, I've got to take issue with the Catholic church and religious liberty.”

So!  Ryan has issues with the religion that he professed to follow, and effectively agreed with the Biden position.  So?  What was the meaning of the first bit that objected to Secular Funding or secular action?

Ryan goes on to advocate majority rule – a rule he is effectively setting aside when he defines it in terms of his religious Catholic minority.

Now, what will Romney do in terms of his religious minority – whose doctrines declare the sub-human status of a significant segment of the nation?

It will be interesting to see how many are willing to find out.

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