Essay / Culture – Politics – Poll Shows Support for Abortion Rights – Politics – Poll Shows Support for Abortion Rights: “The poll found that 59 percent say Bush should choose a nominee who would uphold the 1973 Roe v. Wade (search) decision that legalized abortion. About three in 10, 31 percent, said they want a nominee who would overturn the decision, according to the poll conducted for the AP by Ipsos-Public Affairs.”Polls like this are essentially useless. Foes of Roe v. Wade know what they want. How many people actually support the unlimited right to take innocent human life? I suspect that the “status quo” always gets a fair number of votes and that most folk do not understand what Roe says: the government essentially can do nothing to regulate abortion. In fact, it often seems easier to regulate even political speech than abortion. If most Americans do not Roe forbids almost all sane abortion regulation, this would sense of other polls showing most people do not favor third trimester abortions.American is the most religious nation on earth. It is very pro-life. It has the most liberal abortion laws possible, partly because dishonest polls like this are taken seriously and given big play. Politicians understand that at the national level, and in many states, abortion is a loser for the pro-choice side. If you really believe that America is sixty-percent pro-Roe, you should send your offer of help to President Kerry. His pro-choice stand was part of the reason that the electoral college was nearly impossible for him to win.A mark of modern liberalism (not historic liberalism) is a love of polls and binder bound studies. These binder-men fear reality and so retreat to studies of reality where their utopian theories have a chance to survive. The religious community which deals every day in soup kitchens and minisers to folk with the scars of liberalism and libertine morality has no such option. We minister to real people and see what harms them. We must base our faith in the hard world.Recently liberals have called themselves “reality based,” but nothing could be further from the truth. Their bastions in Hollywood and the universities have little connection with the world outside of their very isolated and insular bastions. They are often found in urban areas like New York City. Such folk hardly know how people on Staten Island live, let alone Rochester. They explain reality away with misused ideas. This is why so many liberals are sure Bush stole the election. Their theory of what would happen is more real to them than what did happen.People of faith have no such option. Every Sunday they attend Church where human depravity and divine grace are presented to them. Their faith forces them to confront the reality of poverty and need, if they are serious about it. This word “faith” is widely misunderstood by secular folk and as a result sometimes by Christians who accept caricatures of their own position. Christians have faith, but this does not mean believing despite the evidence. This liberal slander is part of the failure to understand even the basics of views outside of the secular island. Traditionally and Biblically faith is a reasoned hypothesis about the world based on best evidence. It is grounded hope. Most things in life are not “for sure”. . . not even a Farve start for the Pack is certain. . . but one has to make decisions and so one steps out in faith with the best view of the world one can muster. One commits oneself to this view and then sees.All views of the world are faith based. All people strive to follow evidence.All except the bizarre world of modern liberalism. There ideal models supersede experience. There the fact that Jesus seems to speak to the human heart is not reason to believe, but reason to doubt based on some obscure academic jargon. The good news is that reality has a way of waking all of us up. No university can isolate the students and faculty forever. Mortality, at the very least, haunts us all. God is real and He speaks, even when we try to drown him out by flash and cash in Hollywood.So are most Americans in favor of Roe? Perhaps, but elections (reality) do not seem to indicate this is true. If it were true, then conservatives would accept it. We have faced down life-hating societies in the past. We do not derive rights from the consent of the governed, but recognize that it is self-evident that all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator, not by the state or the will of the majority, with certain rights that cannot be taken from them. We know, from bitter historical experience, that one of these rights is the right to life.This is our reasonable faith.

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