By now you’ve probably read one (or both) of the posts which recently posted on my blog. If you haven’t, go ahead and scroll down a bit. You’ll know which ones I’m talking about.
You’ll also notice that I’ve closed comments on both posts. If anyone has anything to say, I’d like them to appear here rather than on one of the partisan posts.
You may be wondering why I would write two pieces about a highly controversial issue in this way — including some happy fun name-calling at the end. It’s been an interesting week for me reading the news: while I do have my own views on abortion and reproductive rights, I felt inundated by such polarization on both sides of the proverbial aisle. It made me realize (especially after my post from a few days ago where I expressed my own belief system) that I — and many of us — are quite moderate in our beliefs, not necessarily carrying the partisan membership card through thick and thin. And that’s okay.
One of my good friends from a recent blogging community happens to be pro-life. She’s also a lesbian. And Pagan. When she was volunteering as a peer-educator for the pro-life movement, she was amazed at the way she was shunned because of her diversity in different areas of her own personal identity. She felt that it was a stupid move to push her away — as there likely are many who share her beliefs on abortion who might not fit a perceived cookie-cutter version of the stereotype.
I’ve met gay Republicans. Muslim supporters of Israel. Atheists who defend the Pledge of Allegiance. Not everyone has to fit into a specific mold. I suppose it’s what makes us all individuals. A nation of individuals. (And yes — in typical Life of Brian fashion, I expect one of you to call out “I’m not!”)
So — please take the previous two blog entries in the context in which they were written. Both sides have a lot of good points. Both sides have their fringe whackjobs. And we have a lot more in common than many may think.
Let the Shiny-bashing begin!