Let's be honest about something-the supreme court judge appointment comes down to one issue: abortion.
Now, I have moral reservations against abortion, but also know I cannot judge for someone else's predicaments, only my own. I do believe Congress has no business telling a woman what to do with her own body, with her medical choices, and has no business telling a doctor how to conduct his own medical judgment. However, there was a time in my life I walked past the Supreme Court every day for months on my way to work. And I saw the protest on both sides. I saw the absurdely radical Christian right, and the equally outlandish pro-choicers. I've seen the prayer circles, the crazy people dressed up like they belong in the Middle East, I've seen school children come pouring out of the court, fleeing from these people. But I've also witnessed something that stopped me in my thoughts.
One day there was a small group of people, gathered in a circle of prayer. They were there, in front of the Supreme Court building, on a warm Saturday in the early Fall, and they were praying for the spirits of those children who had been aborted. If you were not there, this may seem absurd, but chills ran down my shoulders and I wanted to cry as an overwhelming feeling of understanding came to me. I felt these children there, so happy that someone had acknowledged them, that they had wanted to come, but were given no choice themselves whether or not to experience life. I know not every circumstance is the same, and there are instances where it perhaps would save the mothers life, or prevent an immeasurable amount of pain and suffering for a baby to be aborted. But I felt the power of those prayers, and I cannot deny the feeling there that day.
Jim Wallis, of Sojourners Magazine (a Christian Leftist periodical), often speaks of Faith as being personal, but never private. This is why I share my thoughts today. I am a part of a marginalized lot. But given the major dissappointments of this Administration, we're growing every day. Wallis, incidentally, will be speaking on the O'Reilly Factor tonight 9pm MST, or 11 ET. I don't often watch Fox, or agree with O'Reilly, but tonight I'll be watching anyway.
Happy All Saints Day