Expanding your argument of hypocrisy, I would add that pro-lifers, at least in SC, also don't care about the high infant mortality rate (40% above national average), our "minimally adequate" education failure, or enlightened sex education that would prevent many abortion discussions.
These people are pro-birth, then you're on your own, baby. Too bad if you're born in SC or Iraq or Darfur.
Pro-life is a misnomer. The proper term is pro-birth.
What many of the commenters are missing is that this special plate was ordained/enacted by unanimous vote of the SC Legislature. The Legislature did not bless any other plates.
Had a group of "thumpers" followed state law as have numerous NASCAR fans, tree-huggers, hunters, save-the-lighthouse-ers, and Secular Humanists, they too, could have optioned this license plate.
Jack's column is totally off the mark. It isn't about manners or anti-Christians or ??, it's about the STATE (SC Legislature) sanctioning one religion over another.
"South Carolinians of any faith or unfaith belong to a primarily Christian culture" is supported by 29 hours of navel-gazing?
Thankfully, America is NOT a Christian (or any other dominant belief) nation. Puritans disdained Christmas - what about that Jack?
With 350-450,000 places of worship in this country, is it really necessary to display "your favorite" religious icons in the public arena?
Thumpers like Jack do NOT want freedom of religion or recognition of religion in culture. They want their interpretation of Christianity in government, schools, and shoved down everyone's throat.
Finally, to the license plates - what would have happened if a group of thumpers had used the approved process rather than Legislative dictate? It wouldn't be a court issue and it would be approved.
"Sexual behavior, whether homosexual acts or indiscriminate sex by heterosexuals, does affect my life and the rest of society. All high risk behavior whether homosexual acts, smoking, drug use, or overeating has a medical, societal, and social cost for the public."
All "high risk behavior" - would that include swingers' clubs, drug-addiction to Prozac and Ritalin, heterosexual use of hookers (check out CraigsList for Charleston) ... or in my case sailing across the Pacific single-handed or kayaking alone?
I would hope that adoption agencies would weed out overeating, three-pack a day, wife-beating, alcoholics, but I wouldn't count on it.
Yes, there is a societal cost to my behavior (no I'm not gay - happy perhaps) just as their is a societal cost to educating a physician.
Life is risky from the moment one lands in the maternity ward. Surely we don't want to homogenize our human experience.
"I am a Christian conservative who believes that homosexuality is a sin. Having said that, Mr. Moredock may have a point."
No one is dictating your beliefs but an honest re-think is appropriate.
See my letter in today's The Post and Courier.
A brutally honest column - kudos!!!
"But I attack the person specifically because of his policies, not because of his team colors."
And that is as it should be. Any yay-hoo with a computer can launch arrows at President-elect Obama or 8-year incumbent Bush, but the "proof in the puddin" is in the details.
Is he carrying the flag or defining the flag?
Let us all react to the actions rather than the perceptions.
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