Wednesday, December 30, 2009

"Intuitively Obvious to the Casual Observer" - by why is it missed?

From Michael Greaney, Personhood and the Ontology of Personalism, Just Third Way blog:

The point, however, is that if opposition to abortion is a purely religious issue, then support for abortion cannot be a purely civil issue. As a matter of consistency and of common sense, if opposition to abortion is a religious issue, then support for abortion is also a religious issue. Any form of support for abortion by government at any level would necessarily be a violation of the 1st Amendment as it would, in effect, establish a State religion.


  1. forgive my judgemental tone, but what an asinine statement. I know a great many people who are opposed to abortion for reasons having nothing to do with religious beliefs and even more who are deeply committed Christians and also support a womans right to choose. Your statement reads like those rickety old saws that are attributed to St. Anslem. Attempting to set up a straw man, which is what you seem to be doing, is hardly a way to gather understanding of why folks make the real-world decisions they do about abortion. Happy New Year, Bill

  2. Your dismissive coment would indicate that you did not go read the link; which is a rejoinder to the illogical proposition that abortion cannot be opposed because (as it is maintained) it is a religious issue... Michael Greaney, the author, makes the point that to maintain that abortion is a religious issue is to enter the debate on religious grounds.