From the department of things I have so many conversations about I want to respond to them in bulk on my blog: social issues.
It’s a Presidential election year in the United States, and that means we’re treated to another fun and entertaining Republican Primary, in which Republican hopefuls continue to boast about how conservative they social issues. And of course, social issues doesn’t mean actually important issues like poverty, homelessness, education, and disease — it means finding ways to restrict abortion, same-sex marriage, and nowadays even access to contraception. Whee.
Now of course, people have taken to argue back against these social issues, saying things like:
If you think an abortion is immoral, then don’t get an abortion. It’s that simple.
Claiming that someone else’s same-sex marriage is against your religion is like being angry at someone eating a jelly donut because you’re on a diet
Cute, but I think these retorts are part of the problem, and when put back in context reveal a blasé attitude toward the actual claims that social conservatives are making, how wrong these claims are, and how harmful their quest for perceived purity is. And along the way, I’ll go down the social issues rabbit hole and try to point out just how absurd focusing on these social issues are. And no, nothing here is infringing, or even coming close to infringing, religious freedom.
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