Thursday, December 23, 2004

democratic leadership rethinking abortion

one of the top stories in the la times today is about how democratic leadershship is re-thinking its position on abortion. according to the article this issue is surfacing due to the contest between tim roemer and howard dean for the head of the democratic national committe.

tim roemer, a reported abortion foe feels strongly that the party needs to have a more tolerate view "on one of society's greatest emotional conflicts." he has the backing of the two leading democrats, the minority house leader, nancy pelosi of california and the incoming senate democratic leader harry reid of nevada. while nancy herself is staunchly pro-choice, she has a big tent philosophy to politics.

according to the times, "If Roemer were to succeed Terry McAuliffe as Democratice chairman in the Feb. 10 vote, the party long viewed as the guardain of abortion rights would suddenly have two antiabortion advocates at its helm."

it seems there are some very interesting things going on in the democratic party. after losing this past election to president bush in a climate where there was a lot of anti-bush sentiment, it seems as if some are recognizing that bush had done the best job at presenting himself as having the "upper moral hand" in a number of social issues. certainly george doesn't beat around the bush when it comes to his stance on abortion or gay marriage. and it seems like the heartland of america considers these two as some of the primary moral issues we face.

now while these issues are vital to varying degrees, i believe that we also have many other vital moral issues on the plate, that jim wallis at sojourners and many other Christ followers have brought to the forefront. if you haven't ever had the chance to check out the sojourners site, take some time to do so. tell me what you think. i don't have the time to go into more now, but will so at a later date.


At 2:24 PM, Blogger JP said...


As a graduate with a Political Science degree, I have often pondered the relationship between my faith and politics. I have swayed back and forth over the years from thinking that either the democratic platform, or republican platform better fits me. On the one hand God calls us to love this world, and to help the poor and needy, and the democratic party supports social programs like welfare more so than the republicans. Yet on the other hand the way those programs work is by taxing me, and others, taking my limited resources and pooling it together with other peoples and distributing it a system which has it's flaws and room for exploitation. Part of me would rather be taxed less and be able to spend that money in the way I deem fit to best build God's kingdom, of the two parties the republican party would help this cause the most.

I can't say that I have any clear picture of the correct blending of my faith and my politics, and thats to say nothing about the question of how Jesus' words to individuals (turn the other cheek etc.) apply to collections of individuals (ie. nations). I'm not so sure God wants us to set up a "Christian" nation, or achive his kingdom politically, after all much of the Jewish expectation of the Messiah was for him to set up God's kingdom politically through war, but that was not what Jesus did.

I guess I'll just cut it off there, as I'm doing more rambling than concrete thinking. Your post has certainly struck a chord with some of the thoughts spinning in my head. Please excuse any misspellings or poor grammer, this comment window is really tiny...

-Joe from CO

At 7:21 PM, Blogger J.R. Woodward said...

joe, appreciate your thoughts dude.


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