Change Hearts, Not Laws: How the Battle to Overturn Roe v. Wade Has Hurt Religion

This is not about being pro-choice or pro-life. It’s about how the desire to overturn Roe v. Wade’s legal precedence by pro-life advocates has done little to win support for religion in general. We’re an extremely divisive nation and at the heart of that divisiveness is fear – the fear of rights being taken away by other Americans. If you look at the mosque near ground zero debate both sides are in fear. One side is in fear that their nation is in jeopardy of being forever changed from its traditional founding. The other side is fearful that the rights of a minority are being challenged and if not stopped here where will it end. Whether it’s restricting abortion, a mosque in Manhattan, same-sex marriage or any other described right, when you advocate taking perceived rights away from people, its viewed as oppressive and those feeling oppressed only dig their feelings in deeper to ensure their position remains firm. The “oppressed” look unfavorably at the opposition and animosity builds up against not just the single principle being debated but for the fundamental views being expressed by the opposition.

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