I shudder for the future of our country.
Ultra Conservatives have no place in our democracy. They can't think rationally! Her comments border on religious fundamentalism, and we all know what that leads to...
The best part of the entire episode is the fact that her fellow Florida Rep is a Jewish woman, who said she was disgusted by the comments. And she should be!
Campaign spin artists quickly "clarified" Ms. Harris' comments:
"The comments reflected "her deep grounding in Judeo-Christian values," the statement said, adding that Harris had previously supported pro-Israel legislation and legislation recognizing the Holocaust. (via)"
So it seems values are "Christian" until you offend a Jewish person, then they are "Judeo-Christian values."
Christian Politicians need to reevaluate their role in office soon or we as Americans are looking at a morality war in the future. Politicians are not employed to protect the morals of the country. They are not shepherds protecting the flock by enacting laws which they deem appropriate because we "don’t know better." They must protect the health and livelihood of the people they represent. Abortion laws shouldn't have any moral agenda, they have come about because women were seeking horrible solutions to a problem which they saw no positive end to. The laws allow for healthy solutions to a serious problem for some women. Granted, some believe its not too healthy for the fetus, but that's not for us to decide. If Christian politicians believe so strongly that abortion, gay marriage, or any other morally debatable topic is against God's wishes, then they should also believe God will take care of it. The belief is that God is all powerful and such, maybe Christian politicians should leave it to him instead of acting on his behalf.
A parting quote:
The Bible says we are to be salt and light. And salt and light means not just in the church and not just as a teacher or as a pastor or a banker or a lawyer, but in government and we have to have elected officials in government and we have to have the faithful in government and over time, that lie we have been told, the separation of church and state, people have internalized, thinking that they needed to avoid politics and that is so wrong because God is the one who chooses our rulers (via, 7th. question).
Well if God chooses our rulers, Ms. Harris, maybe you should sit at home until God casts his vote, otherwise, try respecting values and opinions that are not your own.
(Now I agree that there is some hipocricy to the last statement, but my belief is that as an elected official, you must forgo your own opinions and be a true representative of the people, both majority and minority...)