Capozzella: Moral contradictions and consistency
The Catholic hierarchy and many evangelicals strongly condemn abortion in any form or situation including such mundane actions as morning-after pills. A number of states are passing anti-abortion laws to dissuade women from having an abortion even in cases of rape and incest. They cherish life even if it is a single cell or egg and base their belief on the Bible in particular the 6th Commandment that “thou shall not kill.” I understand and sympathize with this belief but I have to wonder about their consistency. They never say anything about the state executing a criminal. Is it OK to kill an adult and occasionally a child who commits a heinous crime but is against God’s law to kill a cell?
They also subjectively ignore some of the other commandments. With over half the population already divorced we forget the 7th Commandment “thou shall not commit adultery.” With tax reporting on most of our minds, the 8th Commandment “thou shall not steal” is usually forgotten. If we are going to be consistent shouldn’t there be laws against abortion, contraceptive devices, divorce, killing any human being, masturbation and stealing?
I have difficulty in hearing my religious leaders and evangelicals simply ignore everything commanded by God and then strenuously object to abortion in any form. When was the last time any of these people voiced their condemnation of capital punishment or adultery and why not? The answer is quite simple; arguing for the other Commandments other than killing by abortion would be unpopular.
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