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Spiritual battles in ongoing war over abortion



Spiritual battles in ongoing war over abortion

Clergy that support Planned Parenthood say religion not just domain of opponents
By Jill Tucker

ANTI-ABORTION groups are good at getting the God message out.

Religion and the antiabortion movement are inextricably linked.

Not so on the other side.

Abortion advocates and national abortion rights groups such as Planned Parenthood seem far removed from religion, existing in a secular world free of Bible verses and scriptural sound bites.

And yet, faithful followers from various world religions line up with the abortion rights contingent — perhaps not as vocal or visual as anti-abortion advocates, but there nonetheless, historically and currently.Read more... )

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Rapture Politics


From the Toronto Star:

Rapture politics


"Unique among nations, America recognized the source of our character as being godly and eternal, not being civic and temporal. And because we have understood that our source is eternal, America has been different. We have no king but Jesus."

— John Ashcroft, former U.S. attorney general

Since the re-election of George W. Bush last November, religious fundamentalists have been in overdrive in their effort to define American politics through a reductive and fanatical moralism.

This kind of religious zealotry has a long tradition in American history, extending from the arrival of Puritanism in the 17th century to the current spread of Pentecostalism. This often ignored history, imbued with theocratic certainty and absolute moralism, has been powerful in providing religious justification to the likes of the Ku Klux Klan, the parlance of the Robber Barons, the patriarchal discourse of "family values," the National Association of Evangelicals' declared war on "the bias of aggressive secularism," and the current attack on a judiciary that is allegedly waging war on people of faith.

But American religious fundamentalism in its most recent incarnation extends far beyond the parameters of extremist sects or the isolated comments of radical Christian politicians, evangelical leaders and pundits; it is now operative in the highest reaches of government and "more radical and far-reaching than in the past," according to the conservative commentator Andrew Sullivan.

The fundamentalist tendencies of President Bush are now commonplace and can be seen in his official recognition of "Jesus Day" while governor of Texas, his ongoing faith-based initiatives and his endless use of religious references and imagery in his speeches.Read more... )

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