A thought occurred to me yesterday when writing about Mike Huckabee and his comments a couple years back about Natalie Portman's "troubling" pregnancy because it was out of wedlock.
The religious right believes -- as we learned so prominently during the last election -- that if a woman gets pregnant during a rape that it is God's will, since everything is part of God's plan.
Then why does the religious right, like the Mike Huckabees of the world, get so hot-and-bothered by a pregnancy when an unmarried woman actually chooses to get pregnant? Actually wants to have one of those blessed babies. It can't just be because it's out of wedlock. After all, virtually every rape is "out of wedlock". And the babies born then are God's will. So, why get so deeply "troubled" by an unmarried, wanted pregnancy?
(This leads to a corollary question. Since the religious right also believes, as we learned last November, that a woman's body has magical powers that can shut down and protect itself against an unwanted pregnancy, which is why any pregnancy that occurs from a rape is okay, since it wasn't a real rape -- then why isn't any actual pregnancy okay, even those out of wedlock?)
Perhaps someone on the religious right might try to argue in a sort of alternate universe, twisted logic that the pregnancy itself is blessed and God's will and part of God's plan, but the out-of-wedlock act is sinful. Except (after you are able to unwrap your head from around that) what we hear is just how "troubling" the out-of-wedlock pregnancy is. We just hear about the immorality and what a bad example it's setting. Not that the baby is part of God's plan between two sinners.
I guess that's the difference when you try to juggle abortion in one hand and your view of sin in the other. You paint yourself into a corner when the things don't mesh.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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