Category: abortion

Big donors to the Democratic Party care more about social issues like abortion than about equal opportunity for all Americans. This is why Democrats give low-income people just enough help to keep their votes, but not enough to lift them out of poverty. This is why Democrats care more about their rating with the Planned Parenthood Action League than about job creation. Would the Buddha be more approving of a society where people can make a living for their children or instead where they can abort their children at taxpayer expense?

matthewsatori:

The pro-life argument is simple. If we can’t trust a politician to defend the right to life, the most fundamental human right, then we can’t trust that politician on any other issue. One might disagree with that argument, but it’s worth noting that Buddhism has traditionally opposed abortion as the taking of an innocent life. Even if you support abortion, why should my tax dollars pay for it? All the major 2020 Democratic candidates support repealing the Hyde amendment.

All the major 2020 Democratic candidates support having an abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, for any reason, with our tax dollars paying for it. How is this a winning electoral strategy? Is this a mainstream position on abortion? Would the average person knowingly vote for this? Would the Buddha support such policies?

Daily Mail: Trump becomes first Republican president to promote LGBT Pride Month as he touts campaign to decriminalize homosexuality in 71 countries:

If a gay conservative endorsed Donald Trump as the most gay-friendly Republican president in history, how would that voter be treated by the activist left?
Rather than seeing themselves as victims with only one political option, gay conservatives vote on issues that matter to their personal beliefs, like lower taxes or the right to life.
If the activist left is more tolerant, why is it so often intolerant toward gays and other minorities who don’t vote their way? Would the Buddha treat people as belonging to monolithic groups or as individuals with their own thoughts and feelings?

I didn’t vote for Trump and I find his speaking style distasteful. But what does vote-shaming accomplish other than turning people further against you?

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As a Buddhist who believes in non-violence, I support the right of law-abiding citizens to own firearms. The demonstrators who peacefully gathered in Virginia, though carrying guns, exemplified the principle of non-violence better than abortion activists who insist on taxpayer funded feticide or Antifa agitators who insist on shutting down free speech on college campuses. How is Ben Shapiro, an Orthodox Jew who owns guns for lawful purposes only, a greater harm to society than Antifa or Planned Parenthood?

How can liberals be more tolerant, when they are so often intolerant toward the free speech of anyone who expresses a conservative opinion on any particular issue? Would the Buddha encourage such extreme partisanship?

More in U.S. Say They Are Better Off Than in Past Elections:

A majority of Americans believe they are better off now than before Trump took office. 

How is the left going to win over these people by insisting on taxpayer funded abortion and countless gender pronouns? 

The Buddha taught the middle way, and the left is getting more and more extreme.

The pro-life argument is simple. If we can’t trust a politician to defend the right to life, the most fundamental human right, then we can’t trust that politician on any other issue. One might disagree with that argument, but it’s worth noting that Buddhism has traditionally opposed abortion as the taking of an innocent life. Even if you support abortion, why should my tax dollars pay for it? All the major 2020 Democratic candidates support repealing the Hyde amendment.

Pro-choice used to mean the government staying out of abortion. Now it means taxpayer funding of abortion. How would that be compatible with what the Buddha taught?

matthewsatori:

The majority of people in historically Buddhist countries traditionally view abortion as a grave karmic offense that violates the Buddha’s principle of ahimsa or non-violence. The traditional monastic rules of both Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism forbid the procedure of abortion or assisting a woman in procuring an abortion. 

This is one reason why many Asian-American Buddhists traditionally vote Republican. If non-violence as a principle is to be upheld, should we consider the impact that unfettered access to abortion has on the most innocent and defenseless? Did Hillary Clinton go too far in demanding unrestricted and tax-payer funded abortion?

I’ve never voted for a Republican presidential candidate, but the Buddha taught non-attachment to views. Who am I to tell someone from a traditionally Buddhist culture to not vote according to the dictates of their own conscience? What point is there of the legends surrounding the Buddha’s conception if it was just a glob of tissue?

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Who am I to tell someone from a traditionally Buddhist culture to not vote according to the dictates of their own conscience? What point is there of the legends surrounding the Buddha’s conception if it was just a glob of tissue?