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It is no secret that Christianity has heavily influenced American culture. To be anything other than a “God fearing Christian” is seen as un-American and could mean facing discrimination and violence. There are some studies that indicate Americans trust atheists as much as, or possibly even less than, rapists. The consensus seems to be this: Without belief in the Bible, one cannot feel guilt or truly know right from wrong; without fear of the afterlife, one cannot be trusted.
I am not one to pretend that religion has not influenced our country’s origin. Regardless of that fact, we should not, and according to the constitution cannot, make decisions for our country based solely on Christian ideology. To say that we would not have laws condemning thieves or rapists or murderers without the Bible is ridiculous; I do not think it is unfathomable to believe that we as a society could have realized murder is wrong without the Bible, and frankly it scares me to think that some people don’t kill or rape only because it benefits them not to do so. If the only reason you don’t do these horrible things is because you think it gets you a fancy afterlife, newsflash, you’re a terrible, selfish person.
Conservative Christians have lost the battle to prevent consenting adults from choosing who they marry and now it seems they have fueled all of their LGBT-hating energy into the fight against abortion. They truly believe that their God holds the same “pro-life” values as they do, but I keep finding myself wondering: “What Bible were they reading?” The answer to that question is most likely none; most people who identify as Christian are unaware of the truly horrible tales told throughout the Bible and have never actually taken the time to read the book, yet they are quick to describe it as the truth.
What does identifying as pro-life really imply? Pro-choice advocates like myself often point out the hypocrisy of the pro-life movement because much of their ideology actually screams “pro-birth.”
You would think pro-lifers would support free healthcare for all American citizens considering that free healthcare would save many lives. It would be safe to assume that pro-life supporters would overwhelmingly support introducing paid paternity leave for new parents, especially since many pro-lifers are also supporters of the “traditional” family. It would not be a stretch to believe these conservative Christians are complete supporters of increased funding for education and environmental protections considering those things indefinitely increase the quality of life, but overwhelmingly that is not the case. It seems that the moniker “pro-life” actually means “every fetus deserves to be born but screw them after that.”
Now let’s take a look at pro-lifers largest piece of “evidence” for eliminating women’s access to safe and legal abortions: God. More specifically, the Bible, since this is considered by most Christians to be the word of “God.” At no point in the Bible is there any support for the claim that life begins at conception. In fact, the God depicted in the Bible seems to have little to no regard for the proposed “living being” inside a woman’s body.
In this Bible passage, a woman is brought to a priest by her husband on suspicion that she has had sex with another man and is pregnant by him. The priest administers a test to discover whether or not this woman has committed adultery. The priest gives the woman a concoction which whence consumed will force the woman to miscarry if she has been with another man. God “kills” this unborn “child” because its mother cheated on her husband. And let’s not forget that the mother is executed for the crime of adultery.
God commands that the people of Samaria be punished for rebelling against him. “Their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.” – A direct quote from the King James Version of the Bible. What did they do to deserve such punishment? They committed the sin of falsehood and stealing. “God” commanded the death of babies because the people of their homeland were liars and thieves.
2 Samuel 11-12
In this tall tale David sees a woman bathing and becomes infatuated with her. He sent for her and she was brought to him. They had sex and she became pregnant, but the woman was married. David wanted her to himself so he sentenced her husband to death. David and the woman married and the child was born. God was not pleased with David’s actions, but instead of punishing David, he made the newborn baby sick, made it suffer for 7 days, and then it died.
There are more biblical tales similar to the ones I described here, for example, 2 Kings 15:16 and Psalms 137:8-9. The God described in these stories does not seem pro-life or even pro-birth. Even if the Bible was a viable source to use for making laws, it does not provide any sufficient evidence for outlawing abortion. I would actually go as far to say living in a place which completely abides by the Bible would be terrifying.
If you want to be pro-life, fine, but the Bible doesn’t support you.