The Catholic Church has called for politicans to take a ‘moral stand’ on abortion, adoption by same-sex couples, gambling, embryonic stem-cell research, and euthanasia.
Ok, well here are my moral stands on those issues:
Abortion: is an awful thing for anyone to have to go through but the moral principle is that a woman’s body is her own. On a practical level, outlawing abortion does not prevent it, it just makes it more dangerous.
Same-sex adoption: My moral principle here is that just because a girl likes girls doesn’t mean she can’t be a damn good mum. It’s stupid to assume that no homosexual couple can be as capable parents as any hetrosexual couple – so why would we have a blanket ban on the one having kids but allow all the others to have them?
Gambling: morally, society should act to prevent the weak being exploited by the powerful – that means restricting access to gambling in low income areas and ensuring that the proceeds of gambling really do return to the communities they are raised from.
Stem-cell research: is it moral to not carry out research that can save lives because we don’t want to use cells that will not form part of a living human either way?
Euthanasia: what moral right do we have to force someone to live if they make a rational decision that they no longer want to do so?
Are those the moral stands the Catholic Church was looking for? No? Oh, they want us to follow their morality. A morality that calls abortion murder but supported rightwing governments sending communists and other dissidents to their deaths; a morality that goes into spasms over two men holding hands but stood silient while the Jews were being rounded up; a morality that makes the Catholic Church one of the richest organisations on Earth while many of its attendees live in abject poverty. How silly of me, clearly they’ve got a monopoly on morality.