Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Will the real morality please stand up?

Okay. The religious right has had their fun. They've had their day in the sun, professing to be the moral compass for our entire nation.

It's time to call bullshit.

South Dakota is now considering a law that would essentially make it legal to kill doctors who perform abortions. It may also make it okay to kill anyone who is supporting a woman choosing to have an abortion, including her own family.

Sorry, I don't care who your God is or what you think he says, but any asshole who calls for the murder of their fellow human beings doesn't get to tell anyone what is and isn't moral.

It's time for reasonable people to take back morality. It's time to define what is right based on common sense and reason. Belief in God should not be a prerequisite. Belief in humanity should be.

This country needs a new movement, with new leaders, who will fight to define a new, more sane approach to doing the right thing. And fight against those hate-filled hypocrites who've held a morality monopoly for far too long.

I wish our president would take the lead on this. But with half the country calling him a Muslim and the other half wondering if he's the devil, I can't see him doing anything to ruffle the feathers of the cuckoo branch of Christianity.

But he should. Because more than ever, this country needs real leadership. Real courage. Real vision. If Obama were to take on the religious right and stand up for real American values like compassion, reason and community he could go down as one of the greatest presidents our country has ever seen.

He has the brains and I believe he has the heart. But I just don't know if he has the balls.

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