Thursday, November 29, 2012

Problems With the Slacktivist Article - " White evangelicals and contraception: reversal and revision redux "

I just wanted to make a few observations on this article by Frank Rich , of the Slacktivist site at the Patheos Progressive Christian portal, entitled White evangelicals and contraception: reversal and revision redux .

Again these are just quick observations where I think his article misses the mark.

1 - When we talk about evangelicals we are of course casting a pretty wide net on a rather diverse community

2- It is incorrect that to say some  evangelicals are having some theological, scriptural , ethical problems with birth control because of Obama. This has been going on for some time as evident that at times there are more evangelicals in natural family planning classes sponsored by the Church than Catholics.

3- The issue for the majority of evangelicals ( who have no objection to birth control objections) is two fold.

a- A legal precedent that defines Church down and which evangelicals correctly view in my opinion as a long term threat to religious liberty on other issues.

b- That some form of contraception that are issue and in fact are the subject of many evangelical lawsuit have long been the subject of controversy before most folks knew who Obama was. That being Plan B , Ella, and other morning after so called "contraception". In fact many of the evangelical people that have filed suit have provided birth control but they have an objection to these prescriptions because they view it as an abortion.

4 - The author talks about the  the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good recent statement on birth control. Contrary to what he thinks the major problems I believe has nothing to do that  a "woman " is involved but that  it  does not address the concerns at hand. In reality  it's a tepid little document that demands one side do all the concessions while seemly afraid to raise some concerns that might offend their friends. On that see my post Concerns About New Evangelical Partnership Statement On Birth Control.

There are some other things he mentions I think are problematic but these are my main objections to this view of history and current affairs that is portrayed.

Until there is some honesty and acknowledgement that these underlying issues exists there is likely not going to a discussion on them sadly.


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