David Shane So you have no problem with financially discriminating against institutions whose beliefs go against those of the current government? That's what you're saying, right? That's not America. You either give all institutions the money and let them make these kind of decisions (no birth control) as they wish. Or, you don't give any institutions the money, that's the other solution.
David Shane It seems like your article could be summarized as, "when you receive federal funding, you give up some of your rights". I have to say that I find that whole idea very troubling. Where does it end? As you say, religious freedom is one of our most fundamental freedoms, if you're willing to trample even it... . Could you tell a school newspaper what they were allowed to print? Why not? Make sure what they say is in the "public interest", as determined by some bureaucrat. Etc. Seems a very dangerous idea to me.
David Shane Someone who would force a woman to abort should be punished severely. The reason the pro-life movement rarely discusses that potential problem is because it's facing a much bigger problem. ~1.4 million children are aborted every year. I don't think there would be anything close to that number of deaths (woman and child) from illegal abortions. It makes sense to deal with the much bigger problem first.
David Shane If PP doesn't want to be known as an abortion agency, they should stop doing abortions. (And really - why not break up into two organizations? You'd think it might be in their financial interest to separate the controversial part of their business from the non-controversial part.)
David Shane To say "ironically, only 3% of their funding goes to abortion" - i.e., that's not important, shows that you do not understand the pro-life position. People who are pro-life think the fetus is a human being, and think abortion is murder. Saying "ironically, only 3%" is like saying "they only do a little bit of murder - what's the big deal?" A little bit of murder is a big deal! The evil of killing people swamps the good of cancer screenings.
David Shane Everyone has some worldview. That is the lens through which you see and interpret all of reality. You may call it a religion, you may call it a philosophy, you may never name it at all, but whatever you call it, it is an inseparable part of who you are, and it affects everything you do. You don't have to force it on other people (seems like maybe that's your concern), but it definitely affects your actions.
David Shane Right. You either believe that rights come from God, and that government can either infringe upon them, or protect them. Or, you believe that rights come from government, in which case the government can create or annihilate them at will. The Declaration of Independence was definitely written based on the first view - Britain was infringing on our God-given rights, therefore our rebellion was morally justified.
David Shane Can you put aside your identity? You can put aside your belief that the chihuahua is the best breed of dog, but you can't put aside your beliefs about the nature of the world. Your religion is the lens through which you see... everything, and through which you act. If you disagree, well, I can't convince you of that in a hundred characters, so we'll have to agree to disagree for now.
David Shane Oh, Ron Paul, I don't think anyone can really keep their religion from affecting their politics. Maybe you won't see it explicitly, but your fundamentals beliefs about the world and people are going to come out, all the time.
David Shane The debate CNN cohosted with Heritage went well. I thought that was a great idea - think-tanks ask important questions, and, for better or worse, people watch CNN. Hope we can get something like that in the presidential debates. (Maybe one with Heritage, and one with the Center for American Progress, or something.)
David Shane Repealing Obamacare is great, but we've got to move this healthcare question away from insurance totally. We shouldn't be using insurance so extensively in healthcare in the first place. You would never use your car insurance to pay for gasoline, but that's effectively the way we treat health insurance. Health insurance should be used for unexpected and catastrophic costs only, just like all the other insurance you buy.
David Shane For me, illegal immigration is definitely an action v. talk issue, though. Nobody says "I think we should just let people disobey the law without consequences." That might, you know, be bad politics. Practically, though, that's often how our government behaves.