On the Christian Pipe Smokers forum I'm a member of, there is an active thread discussing the issue of abortion in the current election. As many of you know, anti-abortion is something Ell and I greatly support not only with words but by being a volunteer and a board member, respectively, for a local Crisis Pregnancy center. We firmly believe that life begins at conception, and that abortion is wrong.
That said, I've had just about all I can take during this election year with people saying that abortion, and abortion only, is their electoral-ruler. I'm not offended that people have ideals, I'm offended that barely anyone puts their actions, beliefs, and yes, money, where their mouth is. If you have the audacity to say that you are willing to hinge your entire country's future -- social issues, health care, the war, the economy, taxes, GTMO, whatever -- on this one thing, and you sit back and do absolutely nothing for the cause, you've lost my respect.
Here's what I wrote on the topic on CPS...
Completely aside from any selfish motive, I say as the treasurer for an Abortion Alternative organization, that we rarely if ever get any support from the local churches. What a slap in the face for us actually doing something and so shameful for these good "Christians" who are ranting and raving about abortion and Obama but have never given a dime to support the cause. Maybe I'm speaking from too close of an emotional tie, but I am saddened by any one of you who mention abortion as your election ruler but don't support the people who are in the trenches trying to talk these girls out of it and save lives. If that applies to you, you disgust me.
This was a response by another member to what I said...
Nicely stated. I think what needs to be faced is that abortion is not going to be outlawed or seriously restricted until it has been marginalized. That will happen by working for & funding crisis pregnancy centers, and it will happen by evangelism and mercy ministries. Don't believe me? Ask yourself when it became possible for the government to seriously regulate - and begin banning - smoking. Back when everybody smoked, or after the majority had quit for other reasons?
My mum used to sit on the board of Precious Life here in Altoona. As the director of that agency (a family friend) could tell you, their work is making real differences every day. I would go so far as to say that the combined efforts of crisis pregnancy centers around the country do more in a single year than all the evangelical chest-thumping and political pandering has done in 35 years, in terms of really preventing abortions. Hat's off to I-D (that's me) for pointing to the elephant in the room. Your pro-life vote is nothing but an emotional binky, if you aren't backing it up with real measures.
The fact that abortion is legal in this country is a horror and an abomination to myself and many I know. And it is one of the only issues that could actually be changed if people cared enough to act. I have a couple dear friends who have had abortions, and I'm sad they chose that option. But what if there had been a group of people who were willing to listen and advise in a caring, compassionate way to help them? Could the outcome possibly have been different?
That can't happen without people willing to get involved and others willing to support them. If you don't fall into one of those categories, I don't think I'll ever again be bothered to hear what you have to say on the topic. Not because I don't care, but because you obviously don't. And don't lie to me that your vote is based on one issue you believe strongly about. That's a cop-out and lazy. You don't show support and belief and honor one day every four years, it should be a way of life every day you get to breath while knowing the unborn never will.
Don't vote Pro-Life, live Pro-Life.