I Am He, As You Are He, As You Are Me, and We Are All Together

Planned Parenthood=Abortion.

At least that’s how many people choose to look at it.

Or, it’s promotes teenage S-E-X because – and I’m sure I speak on behalf of all woman kind when I say this – nothing makes you want to get busy like a speculum all up in your business.

Abortion and teenagers are not the most important things that Planned Parenthood does. This is a widely known fact. A widely known and ignored fact. I could go on about how Planned Parenthood provides cancer screening to women who would not otherwise have access and how wanting to cut this off is the work of the worst kind of social Darwinists.

But let’s be honest. The Planned Parenthood controversy has nothing to do with abortion. And it certainly has nothing to do with early detection of cancer.

Just like gay marriage. If gay marriage is legalized it won’t make straight people unable to marry and it certainly won’t cause straight marriage to disintegrate. To say opposition to gay marriage has anything to do with defending marriage as an institution is an outright lie.

It has everything to do with wanting to force beliefs on people who disagree with you.

The great thing about living in a free country is that if you don’t want to do something, you generally don’t have to do it (except pay taxes). If you don’t believe in teenage sex, you don’t have to participate in teenage sex! If you don’t want an abortion, you don’t have to get one! If you don’t believe in gay marriage, you don’t have to marry a gay person!

I’m an atheist, and oddly enough I don’t think you need to also be an atheist. Hell, you can be Catholic, Jewish, or worship the Loch Ness Monster for all I care. Virgin births and mythical sea creatures just aren’t plausible to me, but far be it for me to tell you not to believe in them.

So why, then, do I need to subscribe to your beliefs that tell me I can’t marry another woman or make a decision that concerns my body?

This also isn’t about legislating morality. We do that all the time and our laws are based off of nothing if not morality. As a society, we believe that murder is wrong. We believe that taking something that doesn’t below to you is wrong. At one point, as a society, we believed it was okay to enslave another human being.

Today, in this country, with society taken as a whole, we do not think abortion is wrong. We do not think a man should not be allowed to marry another man. The minority is not forcing its morals upon the majority. Society’s views have changed.

Seeing people make decisions that go so strongly against the most ingrained of your beliefs has got to be difficult.

There’s a cost to living in a free society and it’s not just monetary. It also means there’s no basis for forcing your beliefs on the rest of society.

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