When the anti-abortion movement, which wants to depict itself as "pro-life," is clearly not pro-life in any meaningful sense at all, people will understandably raise serious questions about what opposition to abortion REALLY means for many Christians. /1
Especially when long Christian moral thinking held that abortion at earlier stages of pregnancy was less serious than abortion at later stages — and that Christians could in good conscience hold varying opinions about abortion and when the fetus is ensouled. /2
The attempt to dictate — by magisterial fiat — the moment at which the fetus is ensouled as a matter that Christians MUST believe (i.e., at conception) casts the whole moral argument from the outset in dictatorial, coercive terms. /3
If a moral teaching requres dictatorial action and repression of dissenting thinking, how compelling and sound is that moral teaching to begin with? If Catholics are not even permitted to discuss the morality of abortion, then what is this anti-abortion crusade really about? /4
At the very least, it hardly seems consistently pro-life — when its chief advocates ignore the value of so many lives, including, it has to be said, the lives of LGBTQ people like me, who are treated as not even there in the moral discussions of "pro-life" Catholics. /5
The anti-abortion "pro-life" movement has shown many of us a face that's all about coercing, bullying, forcing, dictating — not about engaging in respectful moral dialogue or moral reasoning. It does not even appear to reach the threshold of real moral thinking, as a result. /6

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2 May
"Pro-life" anti-abortion Catholics do not want to convince anyone of the moral heinousness of abortion. That is not the tactic they use.

Instead, they want to coerce others into accepting their position via court mandates and laws. /1
This is not how sound, compelling moral thinking works. Sound, compelling moral thinking engages in dialogue with others — including those who have different starting points and positions — to arrive at a position all can agree is morally sound. /2
This is how the tradition of moral thinking in Catholicism at its beast proceeded for centuries. That tradition is nowhere in sight among anti-abortion "pro-life" Catholics. They have "the" truth, as they imagine, and want to hit you and me over the head with it. /3
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To the Catholic folks who want to bounce into my Twitter feed and provide instruction about what the magisterium teaches about homosexuality:

Just stop it.

I already KNOW what the magisterium teaches. It's insulting you'd imagine I don't. /1
It's also insulting that you'd imagine I'd be persuaded by your intellectually and morally threadbare arguments on behalf of a moral teaching I have considered and rejected, precisely because it's intellectually and morally threadbare.

Not to mention: it's downright cruel. /2
If you think you can keep wrapping up outright cruelty — all you straight folks, you're free to marry; you gay folks, "God" consigns you to lifelong, unchosen chastity — as "love," then more power to you.

As the object of your and your church's "love," I know better. /3
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Not exactly red beans and rice, but close enough. Red beans and rice traditionally do not include tomatoes, and the seasonings — bell pepper, celery, onion, and garlic — are cooked with the beans. /1 ImageImage
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I like frying and making sauces in a wok because the wok cooks the seasonings super-quickly and reduces sauces in a flash. /3
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Stephanie Ruhle hands justice his hindquarters on a platter and, boy, does he richly deserve it.
“If you can’t cite a single instance involving transgender transgender children and sports in West Virginia, why did you sign this bill?”

“Signing bills is just what I do, Stephanie. They come to my desk by the hundreds, and I sign ‘em. And oh, I’m a coach!” /2
The stupidity is simply fulsome, an endless spate of it every time he opens his mouth.

And this should not be overlooked: the reason troglodytes like this are in office is that some parents have chosen to attack other parents and their children for political gain. /3
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Something very important to recognize here:

The primary reason we are only now "uncovering" the Tulsa race riot is that deep systemic racism in the US has prevailed from then until now. /1 axios.com/tulsa-race-mas…
We do not even know the accurate number of those massacred in this massacre of Black citizens of Tulsa by white ones.

This is true of one racist massacre after another, including the Elaine massacre in Arkansas. /2
We don't know details because, from the outset, there was cover-up of the facts, with the media playing a leading role in the cover-up.

We don't know details because, from then until now, there has been only sporadic interest, mostly by scholars and activists, /3
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Mark Wingfield shares a response from a vaccine-rejecting evangelical to a recent article arguing that love of neighbor demands we get vaccinated. The reader states, /1
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Because that's the very essence of Christian teaching about love of neighbor, isn't it? — that it's "on the neighbor" to protect herself, not "on me" to make the right decisions to make life safer for her.

Right? That's the whole gist of Jesus's teaching? /3
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