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Paul Ryan Cosponsors New Fetal Personhood Bill

Paul Ryan Cosponsors New Fetal Personhood Bill

Commented Jan 14, 2013 at 20:19:48 in Politics

“FlyontheWall, I choose not to go into my personal life on a public website, but I truly understand what some of these women are facing, and my heart goes out to them. I pray the pro-life community not only supports the child but the woman as well as she needs medical care, financial support, and maybe a place to live. I don't believe these women want to have abortions. Just making that decision is a truly scary, tragic experience for them, and they don't know about the options offered by so many ministries to support them throughout and after their pregnancy.”
Paul Ryan Cosponsors New Fetal Personhood Bill

Paul Ryan Cosponsors New Fetal Personhood Bill

Commented Jan 14, 2013 at 09:25:18 in Politics

“See my reply to Charlotte James below. I don't expect to change your mind.”
Paul Ryan Cosponsors New Fetal Personhood Bill

Paul Ryan Cosponsors New Fetal Personhood Bill

Commented Jan 13, 2013 at 20:38:06 in Politics

“I can understand your feelings about the Iraq War. I hate war, and based on the feedback from the media, I wonder if we're making a difference in the war we're in now. Since our national security cannot share a lot of information with us, I pray and choose to trust that our leaders are making decisions with our protection in mind. I agree that the aerial shooting of wolves is cruel, and if I was you, I would look into a finding more humane way to help people protect endangered moose and caribou and also domestic animals and livestock from wolves. If you feel that strongly about it, you should write your congress! I am personally against the death penalty, but I haven't taken any action on it because unlike protecting an unborn child, I would not be protecting an innocent person. That's what makes this moral belief different from the others. In addition to recognizing the divine creation of an individual at conception, my faith teaches me to protect the innocent, the weak, and the helpless. Just because my government forces me to fund abortion doesn't mean that I have accept the ruling without trying to make any changes just as you don't have to accept the treatment of the wolves. My faith teaches me that I will be held accountable for the actions that I take on Earth and that I must make every effort to stand up for my beliefs regardless of how unpopular they are.”

LauraGH on Jan 14, 2013 at 20:19:48

“FlyontheWall, I choose not to go into my personal life on a public website, but I truly understand what some of these women are facing, and my heart goes out to them. I pray the pro-life community not only supports the child but the woman as well as she needs medical care, financial support, and maybe a place to live. I don't believe these women want to have abortions. Just making that decision is a truly scary, tragic experience for them, and they don't know about the options offered by so many ministries to support them throughout and after their pregnancy.”

FlyontheWall381 on Jan 14, 2013 at 17:11:58

“Then you may also be familiar with loving your neighbor and allowing judgement to be between each person and God himself....”
Paul Ryan Cosponsors New Fetal Personhood Bill

Paul Ryan Cosponsors New Fetal Personhood Bill

Commented Jan 12, 2013 at 13:04:05 in Politics

“RJ, I don't have time to answer everything in your post, but I will stick to the issue at hand. The woman still currently has a right to abort the individual, but I should still have the right to not pay for it. This is an infringement on my right as a Christian. I will continue to do everything I can to protect life AND to support those women who choose to give life throughout their pregnancy and afterwards with their babies. Be careful regarding your words and the assumptions you make about people. I am a college graduate and a self-taught computer programmer. We have one child and are in the process of adoption.”

bearlyj77 on Jan 12, 2013 at 14:23:21

“la de da give the female a hand... clap clap clap”

Lynn17 on Jan 12, 2013 at 14:16:40

“Maybe as a Christian, but more than that it's your duty as an American citizen. No one is forcing you to live in the US. If you don't want to pay taxes move. If not, stop complaining. The government has the constitutional right to charge taxes. They also have the constitutional right to use that money however they see fit. The government is not based around one person's opinions, and stands separate from religion for a reason. You, as an individual, have a right to contact your representative or leave the country.”
Paul Ryan Cosponsors New Fetal Personhood Bill

Paul Ryan Cosponsors New Fetal Personhood Bill

Commented Jan 12, 2013 at 12:01:52 in Politics

“This does concern others who do believe that destroying a zygote is destroying a life. Our tax dollars are now being used to fund such birth control regardless of whether or not an individual believes this is murder, which is an attack on many Christian's First Amendment rights. If you believed this was murder, would you want to pay for it?”

Charlotte James on Jan 12, 2013 at 16:41:38

“Seriously? I didn't want to pay for a war with Iraq. All those people killed. Plus the war profiteering that made the GOP rich is despicable. I am morally against paying for aerial shooting of wolves which is sickening. There are MANY things that go against my religious beliefs and spirituality that I as a taxpayer have to support. I personally believe in the death penalty, but there are many people who do not. Yet they have to pay for it.

What makes you think your "religious" views are any more important than my religious views or anyone else's views?”

nvrbl on Jan 12, 2013 at 12:28:48

“So their beliefs are more important than my own when I am making medical decisions? I don't care what they believe. There is nothing less relevant to me than someone else's religious beliefs that I do not agree with.”

nvrbl on Jan 12, 2013 at 12:25:52

“Title 10 has been subsidizing family planning services for 40 years. Education and contraceptives have been proven to decrease abortions. Outlawing abortion does not reduce abortions.”

nvrbl on Jan 12, 2013 at 12:06:30

“My taxes pay for all kinds of things that I am morally opposed to. They think I don't have the right to prevent implantation in my own uterus. I don't care. It is no one's business. No one has the right to legislate their own religious doctrine and force it on others.”
Paul Ryan Cosponsors New Fetal Personhood Bill

Paul Ryan Cosponsors New Fetal Personhood Bill

Commented Jan 12, 2013 at 11:10:26 in Politics

“Rep. Paul Ryan is not supporting legislation that denies birth control for women. There are many forms of birth control that do not destroy a zygote. He and many others believe that life begins at conception, but I haven't read a clear definition from pro-choice people about when life begins. It can't be at birth since premies have a right to live, but a baby the same age who's still in the womb doesn't.”

CannotFindAName on Jan 12, 2013 at 12:07:18

“If something prevents the implantation of a cell in the uterus under these types of bills, yes that form of birth control can indeed be deemed illegal. I can not believe that in the year 2013 we are even giving thought to such a backward law.”

RJ9255 on Jan 12, 2013 at 12:00:54

“Boy you're ignorant or brainwashed by the No Choice fanatics. Babies past 12 weeks CAN'T BE AND WON'T BE ABORTED UNLESS THE MOTHER'S LIFE IS IN DANGER. WHAT PART OF THAT DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND, LAURA??????? Religious fanatics like you are too uneducated to understand the rules that govern such personal decisions. How would you like it if we dictated where you could go to church, or whether or not you could? How would you like it if the rest of America decided that organized religion was destructive to our way of life and created laws that said you can't worship in a church? How would you like it if the world decided that it was overpopulated and that people like you who like to pop babies out left and right (and collect the welfare for them) shouldn't be able to do that? It's known as freedom of choice - I'll bet you'd run screaming into the streets if we tried to limit your ability to decide whether or not you could have children, wouldn't you? So why do you support trying to tell other women what decisions they can make for themselves long before that egg has even grown a brain?? What goes around, comes around, Laura you need to remember that. Your options for children might very well become infringed if over population continues.”

nvrbl on Jan 12, 2013 at 11:42:02

“Different people and different religions believe different things. Some believe that life begins at conception, some believe at implantation, the measure used to be at quickening, some think when the baby is viable and the bible says life begins with the first breath. The anti choicers want their beliefs religion to override the beliefs and religion of the woman whose body it is. No one is advocating aborting a fetus which is viable.”
The Whitewashing of Bobby Jindal

The Whitewashing of Bobby Jindal

Commented Feb 4, 2013 at 23:11:08 in Politics

“Many Indian-Americans who live my community are successful physicians, professors, scientists, and computer programmers. The Indian-Americans I know are very good people, with a strong sense of family, and a hard work ethic. One of the most popular and well-respected cardiologists where I live is Indian-American. However, I agree that it would be difficult for someone that is not Jew or Christian to become president because of our country's strong Judeo-Christian heritage. For a Hindu who wants to succeed in politics in the US, this is unfair, but I am sure that a Christian would experience similar obstacles in India. What I don't understand is how he and others can assume that Governor Jindal converted to Christianity for political gain without personally knowing him. If he converted for that reason only, then he's not a Christian. There was not a true repentance of his heart or his soul, which is the first step towards accepting Jesus. Those who knew him intimately before and after his conversion and could testify regarding a change in Jindal's way of thinking, living, and treatment of others would be the ones to talk to. Also, I'm still trying to understand how Christianity is currently considered a "white" faith, perhaps because the author is referring to its spread from primarily European countries? The church I attend is racially diverse, so this doesn't make sense to me. Peace.”
The Whitewashing of Bobby Jindal

The Whitewashing of Bobby Jindal

Commented Feb 3, 2013 at 06:43:07 in Politics

“The motivation for his actions is based on what's in his heart. Who knows why he risked his relationship with his family to become a Christian in high school, but the author seems to think it was politically motivated. You have the right to believe what you want and form your own opinions about Governor Jindal, but I personally don't believe I have the right to judge the authenticity of his faith without knowing him very well personally.”

srinath viswanathan on Feb 3, 2013 at 11:51:51

“I think motivations are also based on what's in his head, and I believe that it's perfectly OK to judge that. I don't know you either, but I don't think that the majority of White Americans who are Christian would be as enamored of Jindal if he had picked Wiccan or Voodooism instead of Christianity, or even retained his Hindu first name and religion – yes, this is a judgment call but so be it. Taken together with Jindal's other actions (and these are very important, so pl. read the article and especially other comments), the author is questioning two things - Jindal's integrity, and more importantly, the *perceived* need to conform to the "preferred image" of the majority White (i.e. Western) Christian majority to succeed in America. He is *not* questioning Jindal's right to convert (or the goodness of Christianity and Christians either). There is a nuanced difference here that you either don't perceive, or want to acknowledge or care about. The article is *not* just about Jindal’s right to convert. The author is not discussing simple notions of right and wrong. Peace.”
The Whitewashing of Bobby Jindal

The Whitewashing of Bobby Jindal

Commented Feb 2, 2013 at 11:40:01 in Politics

“I find Malhotra's viewpoint interesting. I hope he understands that Christianity is not simply some religion one inherits. It's not a bunch of rituals and rules one follows or a religion that is for whites. To become a Christian, one recognizes his or her own weakness, failures, and insufficiencies and realizes that no works or rituals could ever make him or her "good enough." This ending of living for oneself and turning towards Jesus is a very personal experience. Let's not judge what's in Governor Jindal's heart. That's God's job.”

DoesItMatter on Feb 4, 2013 at 13:55:34

“Judging others is part of life on this earth. Thoughts and actions are always judged. Judging and getting judged is how life is conducted in any part of this World.”

AnanthSrini on Feb 3, 2013 at 00:11:27

“It would amount to extreme gullibility to think Bobby Jindal's conversion to Christianity was a result of a "change of heart". His party is well known to be right-wing and conservative and there is no way he could have had a position of any importance if he had not converted. That his conversion was a result of opportunism is clear as daylight.

Also, the very concept of conversion makes very little sense; especially so to a Hindu. Hinduism is an amalgamation of beliefs that covers the entire range and there is no need to change your religion coz you realize you aren't "good enough". Hinduism easily covers that state of mind too.”

srinath viswanathan on Feb 2, 2013 at 13:35:46

“But Governor Jindal is a politician, and he wants to be my President. Are you suggesting that if someone claims to be Christian he should never be judged? Although, if you read the article, the author is not judging what is in Jindal's heart but in his actions. Surely ones actions can be judged even if one is Christian. Perhaps this is why Jindal converted - so Westerners like you wouldn't judge him. It all makes perfect sense now.”
Bobby Jindal: Republicans 'Might Need To Change Just About Everything'

Bobby Jindal: Republicans 'Might Need To Change Just About Everything'

Commented Jan 26, 2013 at 09:48:54 in Politics

“My comment continued: Both parties are guilty of excessive spending due to our leaders pushing programs out of self-interest or political gain. Once the Republicans cut back on that and focus on making American jobs, I can start calling myself a Republican again.”

devildog on Jan 26, 2013 at 13:20:22

“I gave up on both parties. I can't stand them equally. We need a third party.”
Bobby Jindal: Republicans 'Might Need To Change Just About Everything'

Bobby Jindal: Republicans 'Might Need To Change Just About Everything'

Commented Jan 26, 2013 at 09:45:41 in Politics

“I have been reading through the comments, many from those who seem to think that blacks and Hispanics are satisfied with the Democratic party. In addition to wanting affordable health-care and assistance for the poor, many blacks and Hispanics also hold traditional views regarding marriage and are pro-life, so they truly cannot identify with either party. This last election was a matter of voting for the lesser of two evils. The Republicans can win over more minorities if they show sincerity and compassion. Since they did not address having health-care for the poor, we now have an overhaul of health-care called Obamacare that affects everyone instead of just targeting the group in need. Republicans should work to repeal Obamacare and offer a more efficient and effective solution. We do have to stop illegal immigration, but Republicans should address those already here with sensitivity and respect since many innocent children would be hurt if they or their families were sent back to their home country. I was offended by the Republican who said that women cannot get pregnant through rape. Unfortunately, it's those comments that make the news. Pro-Life Republicans are not outspoken enough about the free services offered through many charities and ministries to pregnant women for medical care, housing, and counseling for rape or abuse and also assistance if they decide to keep their babies.”

Cye on Jan 26, 2013 at 17:56:29

“All elections are about voting for the lesser of two evils.”