The over-done government

While David J. Rosenbeck’s letter was somewhat rambling I figured I would use it to headline the following post:

Logic losing in Boise

So now the Constitution allows the religious belief that “…does not rest on logical proof, material or physical evidence…” to enact laws (“Idaho House passes abortion bill,” April 6). A secular act requiring mortal (not spiritual) phenomena is being justified by “the hand of the almighty” is not represented to imply “God” or some “intelligent designer”!

If it’s the “truth” that “God” is in control and creates the predicament of a woman being raped and having a mutant fetus, “He” is also creating the possibility of allowing this same human being with the power of choice to abort the pregnancy whenever she sees fit. It is primarily between herself, her medical doctor and Planned Parenthood.

If “His ways are higher than our ways” is authority, then there should be complete agreement, but our lower ways belie this in that at this time there are 35 comments relating to this story with nothing definitive supporting this legislation: the almighty (1), earthly logic(35).

If Idaho Rep. Crane denies the almighty inference is God, he is as untruthful as intelligent design advocates proved to be in court.

David J. Rosenbeck
Medical Lake

Now to check with the almighty himself: (From the Tanakh)

  • Exodus: 20:4—6: You shall not make for yourself a sculptured image, or any likeness of what is in the heavens above, or on the earth below, or in the waters under the earth. You shall not bow down to serve them. For I the Lord your God am an impassioned God, visiting the guilt of the parents upon the children, upon the third and upon the fourth generations of those who reject Me, but showing kindness to the thousandth generation of those who love Me and keep My commandments.
  • (With reference to a woman who has an affair) Numbers: 5:16—22: The priest shall bring her forward and have her stand before the Lord. The priest shall take sacral water in an earthen vessel and, taking some of the earth that is on the floor of the Tabernacle, the priest shall put it in the water. After he has made the woman stand before the Lord, the priest shall bear the woman’s head and place in her hands the meal offering of remembrance, which is a meal offering of jealousy. And in the priest’s hands shall be the water of bitterness that induces the spell. The priest shall adjure the woman, saying to her, “If no man has lain with you, if you have not gone astray in defilement while married to your husband, be immune to harm from this water of bitterness that induces the spell. But if you have gone astray while married to your husband and have defiled yourself, if a man other than your husband had carnal relations with you”—here the priest shall administer the curse of adjuration to the woman, as the priest goes on to say to the woman—”may the Lord make you a curse and an imprecation among your people, as the Lord causes your thigh to sag and your belly to distend; may this water that induces the spell enter your body, causing the belly to distend and the thigh to sag.” And the woman shall say, “Amen, amen.” (A fellow once wrote a letter to the editor asking, “What if the woman was pregnant at the time?”)
  • Deuteronomy: 3:6,7: We doomed them as we had done in the case of King Sihon of Heshbron; we doomed every town—men, women, and children—and retained as booty all the cattle and the spoil of the towns.
  • Deuteronomy: 30:15—20: (with reference to blessings and curses found in Deuteronomy) See, I set before you this day life and prosperity, death and adversity. For I command you this day, to love the Lord your God, to walk His ways, and to keep His commandments, His laws, and His rules, that you may thrive and increase, and that the Lord your God may bless you in the land that you are about to enter and possess. But if your heart turns away and you give no heed, and are lured into the worship and service of other gods, I declare to you this day that you shall certainly perish; you shall not long endure on the soil that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. I call on heaven and earth to witness against you this day: I have put before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life—if you and your offspring would live—by loving the Lord your God, heeding His commands, and holding fast to Him. For thereby you shall have life and shall long endure upon the soil that the Lord swore to your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give to them.
  • (One of my favorite pro-abortion passages is here in Jeremiah)Jeremiah: 20:14:18:Accursed be the day that I was born! Let not the day be blessed when my mother bore me! Accursed be the man who brought my father the news and said, “A boy is born to you,” and gave him such joy! Let that man become like the cities which the Lord overthrew without relenting! Let him here shrieks in the morning and battle shouts at noontide—because he did not kill me before birth so that my mother might be my grave, and her womb big [with me] for all time. Why did I issue from the womb, to see misery and woe, to spend my days in shame.
  • (From Hosea this scripture) Hosea: 14: 1: Samaria must bear her guilt, for she has defied her God. They shall fall by the sword, their infants shall be dashed to death, and their women with child ripped open.
  • Micah 6:14: You have been eating without getting your fill, and there is a gnawing at your vitals; you have been conceiving without bearing young, and what you bore I would deliver to the sword.
  • Job: 10:18,19: Why did you let me come out of the womb? Better had I expired before any eye saw me, had I been as though I never was, had I been carried from the womb to the grave.

All right, the almighty weighed in. If as anti-abortion religious activists have declared, the almighty is fully opposed to the slaughter of “unborn children,” then it begs the question of why exactly “He” put this kind of language in the bible? These are but samples of what can be found throughout the Tanakh. So, anti-abortion advocates argue that the government should control the woman’s decisions on the behalf of the fetus? I’d like to know just who is more liberal?  The people who advocate a separation of church and state?  Or the people who want government to advance a canon that is often contrary to scripture?  Seems the church/state separationists are actually limiting government, and the anti-abortionists seem to be hell-bent on expanding it!

That tells you a lot about people who politicize what they want about the bible, ignore what is inconvenient, in order to demand from government what the constitution will not permit:  to advance a singular canon or creed, religion or belief before all others and establish it as the law of the land.  By doing so, prohibiting the free exercise of all other beliefs.  Perhaps they’ll prohibit their bible while they are about it.


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