“I don’t see how a person can separate their public life from their private life.”
That was Congressman Paul Ryan beginning to answer the question: ‘What role has your religion played in your own personal views on Abortion?’
Ryan was obviously answering a different (unasked) question: ‘How do you justify your public position on abortion?’ That is the more interesting and relevant question but I find it revealing as well as disturbing that a Congressman who is elected to serve a diverse constituency, is unable to separate his personal religious beliefs from his sworn oath to “faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.” One of the duties of the office of Congressman is clearly NOT to serve your own personal needs by forcing your religious beliefs on others with different beliefs.
That’s religious arrogance, and it is the hallmark of most religions: “I believe this to be true and it doesn’t matter what YOU believe.” That is also a personal arrogance that is not appropriate for a public servant, especially one who is elected to a Federal office.
The Conservative ‘talkers’ on the radio this morning unanimously agree that Ryan’s “it doesn’t matter what YOU believe” position is the absolutely correct position for a Federally elected official. Just like Ryan, and the vast majority of those who call themselves Conservative, they want their religion front and center — ‘in your face those of you who have different beliefs, like it or not, my church is your church.’
How they can feel that this is an appropriate position in a ‘free country’ is baffling and unbelievable. It’s obvious that Conservatives believe that a Theocratic form of government is perfectly appropriate as long as Christian doctrine is the theology being pushed.
Congressman Ryan, if you don’t believe in abortion fight against it at home, in your family, among your circle of friends and when the subject is brought up in public meetings fight against it there; but don’t tell the American voter that they HAVE TO agree with you because that is the “policy of the Romney administration.”
It’s not your choice to separate your public life from your private life Paul, it’s your DUTY as a Federally elected official.
By contrast, Vice President Biden gave the perfect answer to the abortion question:
“with regard to abortion. I accept my church’s position on abortion as a == what we call a (unknown Latin word) doctrine. Life begins at conception in the church’s judgment. I accept it in my personal life. But I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews, and I just refuse to impose that on others, unlike my friend here, the — the congressman. I — I do not believe that we have a right to tell other people that — women they can’t control their body. It’s a decision between them and their doctor. In my view and the Supreme Court, I’m not going to interfere with that.”
In spite of how much I agree with Obama/Biden on this one issue, I see them as inadequate on almost every other issue when compared to Romney/Ryan. Vote Republican, I certainly will!
Reference: For the full debate transcript one of the many places you can go is: