I really needed a win. Just one win. It’s been so disheartening to hear so many churches, entire denominations, closing their doors to the Boy Scouts, because the Boy Scouts decided to open their doors to boys. All boys.
All participants in the Boy Scouts are expected not to be sexually active. Which means closing doors to the Boy Scouts as a result of their recent decision to allow gay children to participate is a rejection of the child himself, not of some act. Jesus went to the marginalized. He didn’t avoid them. And He certainly didn’t force them out and then close the door in their faces. So what are these churches doing? Whose model are they following, if not Jesus’s?
And on a different note, even Whole Foods has determined that it no longer has a responsibility to carry only healthy, non-cancer-causing foods. Before long, our food will be killing us.
As I said, I really needed a win. And today, there were three!
First, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. So, for now, we’re back to defining marriage as “faithfulness”, “love”, and “life-long commitment”.
Second, the Supreme Court said they would not rule on Prop. 8, which means it reverts to the California ruling that invalidated it. California is now back to the “traditional” definition of marriage, as well.
And finally, last night women in the Texas Legislature prevented the strong-armed passage of a bill that would have essentially eradicated legal abortions in Texas.
I am stanchly opposed to abortions. But making them illegal is not the solution. That only opens women to far more harm and the opportunity for extremely unsafe conditions in underground abortion clinics.
If people are truly pro-Life, they will support programs and bills that protect the lives of these children, not just their incubation period. Healthy food, food that is not overly processed or full of pesticides or genetically engineered, needs to be affordable. And easily identifiable. Health insurance and childcare need to be readily available and affordable. Education needs to be properly funded. And minimum wage needs to be high enough that someone working full-time can support themselves and their children.
One cannot claim to be pro-life and at the same time oppose so many things that provide a child with a decent quality of life. Government cannot just render abortion illegal and then pat themselves on the back for a job well done. The job isn’t done until they actually protect the lives of these children, instead of just their births.
Three victories today. Two unexpectedly protecting the definition of marriage – that marriage is based on love and commitment, not gender.
My hope is that the third victory may send the message that the conversation is not over. That the issue is not gone when abortion is illegal. That we have a long way to go in protecting the lives of our children. That the conversation can’t start and end with birth.