Personhood, innocence depending

CNN reports that Mississippi is voting on amendment to declare fertilized egg a person:

Because the amendment would define a fertilized egg as a person with full legal rights, it could have an impact on a woman’s ability to get the morning-after pill or birth control pills that destroy fertilized eggs, and it could make in vitro fertilization treatments more difficult because it could become illegal to dispose of unused fertilized eggs. This could lead to a nationwide debate about women’s rights and abortion while setting up a possible challenge to the landmark Roe v. Wade case, which makes abortion legal.

 

The ballot initiative is part of a national campaign brought by Personhood USA. The Colorado-based group describes itself as a nonprofit Christian ministry that “serves the pro-life community by assisting local groups to initiate citizen, legislative, and political action focusing on the ultimate goal of the pro-life movement: personhood rights for all innocent humans.”

There’s a lot to be concerned about with legally stating that personhood begins at conception, but what’s most concerning is this idea of personhood being for all INNOCENT humans.

Because that cannot be glossed over.

This distinction between an innocent person and a guilty one is what allows so called Pro-lifers to be Pro-Dealth penalty.

But it’s also why religious believers are unwilling to allow marriage to be inclusive of gays and lesbians – the religious beleive that us gays and lesbians – and atheists and beleivers in other religions are guilty of intentionally disobeying their god.

Legal rights and protections are enshrined as inalienable just for being a citizen, not dependent on good behaviour and public conformity to Christianity.

These religious ideas must be kept out of secular law and resisted at every opportunity – the cost of having rights is eternal vigilance.

It is somewhat horrifying to me that as fast as the Islamic world is rising up and saying enough violence and dictators and calling for democratic forms of government, that the American Christians, are trying to remake that country into a Christian Theocracy.

 

 

5 thoughts on “Personhood, innocence depending

  1. Oh Yeah! Sing it Brother! Hypocrisy reigns and you are calling it out! I would holler out “Amen!” But being a christian, buddhist, pagan, thinking woman I think I will yell out ” Blessed BE and Namaste!” Go Get em!!!!

    • There’s nothing quite like thinking a group of people are crazy nutters and then gaining an insight into how they really think – and you wish they were only as crazy as you originally thought, because how they really think, is even scarier.

      It just goes to show that while everyone wants food, shelter and security, that those commonalities, really aren’t enough to bind us into a unified humanity. There is something very different and dangerous going on with religious thinking.

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