The Christian Right - Lizzie Guerra Professor Holmes...

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Lizzie Guerra Professor Holmes February 28 , 2008 The Wrong Kind of Right “In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point .” –Friedrich Nietzsche The negative effect that the Christian Right has had on our current political situation is a prime example of how the church is stifling our very existence . Following the 2000 elections the way many Americans viewed controversial issues changed drastically . President George Bush took issues such as abortion , homosexuality, euthanasia and stem cell research and brought them to the forefront of national politics while simultaneously exploiting them . As I have matured I have watched the way the conservative left wing and my very own religion have increasingly alienated its members due to these contentious topics . In the eighth grade I spent a summer babysitting for a family on the Cape . I had known them for one-year prior and was thrilled when they asked me to be their nanny . I was shocked , however, when I got there to find out that they were extreme Catholics . For six weeks I devoutly attended Sunday mass with them , being forced to sing along to the hymns and to kneel and sit on command . I had to hide my fresh copy of the 5 th Harry Potter book under my bed so that they wouldn’t be offended , and was continually lectured on the ills of abortion . Mrs. Grayson , the mother, happened to be the head of the right to life for the entire East Coast . When I returned home to Vermont at the end of that
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summer I promised myself that I would never force my views on anyone the way they had done to me . It is very discombobulating to an impressionable young teenager to be so forcefully preached at! I had never felt so distant from God in my entire life as I had that summer , and I can say that it is one of the reasons why I have let my Catholic faith diminish . The Christian Right believes that abortion is a grave sin against natural law and that a human’s life begins at the moment of conception . Thus killing an unborn fetus is the equivalent to murdering a human being . I have always been divided on the issue of abortion . I do not know if I would personally be able to handle the emotional stress of aborting a child , but I do believe that the woman should retain her right to do with her body as she pleases . There are many complicated facets to this issue , however . Abortion as a form of birth control is undeniably wrong in my eyes , but what about rape? How can a woman be forced to bare a child of such a sinful and unclean encroachment of her body? This is how the Christian Right justifies it: “Rape is a horrible crime ,” said Catholic Media Coalition President Mary Ann Kreitzer
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