Friday, August 17, 2007

Questions from the road

I was cycling through town this morning, after taking advantage of ten-cent morning coffee at the new Hamley's coffeehouse, when i began spotting heavily bumper-stickered cars. There were a variety of them, as you might imagine, but I did notice certain constants. The cars that had "support our troops," "pray for our troops," and "freedom isn't free" also typically had one or more of the following: "One man, one woman, no on 36(recent anti-gay measure)," "abortion stops a beating heart" and "I support President George W. Bush. These colors don't run."

I can follow some of this, I guess. if you are pro-life, you will probably be pro-sex-for-procreation only, which gay couples aren't going to be able to manage. I can even see being pro-Bush, since Bush is pro-life, and a lot of pro-lifers are single issue voters. But how in the world could you back the Iraq war, as these people obviously do, if you are pro-life? The civilian casualties the Iraqi population has sustained almost certainly include Iraqi unborn children, as well as already-born children, men, women, adolescents, old people. I can't understand the logic in supporting the terrible destruction this country has wrought on a nation that did nothing to us, while proclaiming your respect for life. Is it just American lives that count? Is that it?

Is there something here that I am not understanding, or are these just dumb questions? Please, all you smart people, help me understand this apparent contradiction.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't ask me. I'm still trying to figure out why the anti-abortion crowd cares so much about unborn babies but doesn't put a dime or any efforts into the care of born babies. Or why the make it illegal crowd wants desperately to arrest & jail doctors who perform abortions, but not the women who have them performed. I guess if you're well practiced in hypocrisy, then support for the war isn't all that difficult.

4:25 PM  
Blogger TomCat said...

Every once in a while, one of them pigeon-holes me on the street and, asks if I'm pro-life. I know the fun is about to begin.

"Yes I am," I say, "how about you?"

"I am too!" they beam.

"Wonderful!" I say, "and how long have you been against capital punishment?"

"But... but... but," they stammer, "I'm FOR capital punishment!!"

"I see, " I reply, "so you're REALLY pro-death."

I've had that conversation about a dozen times over they years. And if looks could kill, I'd be a goner.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Mr. Natural said...

I just don't COMPUTE...

10:46 PM  

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