Category: right to life

whoisspain:

themixedfeminist:

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motherbychoice:

matthewsatori:

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

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I’m over tolerance. I won’t tolerate being told I should have fewer rights than a corpse. I won’t tolerate racism. I won’t tolerate homophobia. I won’t tolerate ableism.

I will not tolerate assholery or fuckery of any kind.

See also: The Paradox of Tolerance

There’s a reason that hate speech isn’t protected by free speech.

This last comment from themixedfeminist has all pro-lifers, homophobes, acephobes, transphobes, etc. rolling over in their graves.

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution protects free speech, even speech we don’t like. Incitement to violence is not protected by free speech. Why has Been Shapiro, a non-violent Orthodox Jew, been targeted by Antifa?Would the Buddha approve of denying Shapiro’s right to peacefully speak on college campuses?

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?

Are Democrats buying votes with promises of social programs? Would it be more wise and compassionate to instead grow an economy where people can make a living for themselves? Did the Buddha endorse socialism?

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?

matthewsatori:

In the past, I have avoided discussing politics on this blog because I don’t want Buddhism associated with any one particular political view.

However, I believe people on Tumblr ought to know that the liberal political views often espoused by American converts to Buddhism do not define Buddhism itself. 

As reported by Tricycle, people from traditionally Buddhist countries might have opinions on a whole host of issues that American converts would disagree with vehemently:

Historically speaking, Buddhism has tended to support conservative status quo regimes in Asia, going all the way back to India. In the contemporary world, virtually all of the democratic countries with a significant Buddhist population are currently ruled by right-wing political groups.

Here in North America, there are large numbers of registered Republican Buddhists. Many of them are Asian-Americans, immigrants or the descendants of immigrants who fled left-wing violence in their native countries. One can only believe that Buddhists are naturally aligned with liberalism if no time has been spent among Vietnamese, Cambodian, Thai, Chinese, or other Asian-Americans.  Anti-Communism drives many such Buddhists into the Republican Party, as does similar views on traditional values, economic policy, patriotism, and other issues.

One of the greatest disconnects with the Democrats is over abortion, which the Democratic Party supports and the Republican Party opposes. The belief that life begins at conception is nearly universal across Buddhist Asia, and the overwhelming majority of Buddhist monks, nuns, and priests believe abortion to be a violation of the first precept. This has led many Buddhist leaders in Asian-American communities to endorse Republican candidates.  At the same time, we have to be careful about stereotyping Asian-American Buddhism, a diverse phenomenon that also includes many Democrats and other liberals.

When we look at the wider picture, the chorus of convert Buddhist support for liberals looks less like a religious position, and more like a class and ethnicity one. Most convert Buddhists already supported a liberal political orientation before they became involved with Buddhism, and convert Buddhism draws heavily from a section of the educated, white, middle-to-upper class demographic that supports liberal candidates regardless of whether the individual believers are Buddhist, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, or agnostic.  Naturally such people are attracted to elements of Buddhism that seem to resonate with liberal values, but it is worth asking how much of this is an inherent liberal bias within Buddhism, and how much is the process of picking and choosing which selects only compatible parts of Buddhism and leaves aside other, central practices and views that are less supportive of liberal positions.

Even within this demographic of convert Buddhism, there is reason to think that there are significant numbers of right-wing Buddhists who largely remain quiet about their views, perhaps from a feeling that they are actively silenced by the strident voices of their left-wing fellow practitioners. We can see evidence of this in the Pew Forum’s recent U.S. Religious Landscape survey. The survey is flawed, but one area it does manage to capture fairly well are precisely these convert Buddhists, who if anything are over-represented in the survey sample.  Even in this survey that skews in some ways toward the more liberal end of American Buddhism, we find that 18% of Buddhists are Republican in orientation and 44% consider themselves moderates or conservatives, not liberals…
https://tricycle.org/trikedaily/voting-buddhist/

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The belief that life begins at conception is nearly universal across Buddhist Asia, and the overwhelming majority of Buddhist monks, nuns, and priests believe abortion to be a violation of the first precept (non-violence). This has led many Buddhist leaders in Asian-American communities to endorse Republican candidates.

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.