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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A personal note

This is Kelsey speaking.  I want to address some comments about my personal religious beliefs, or lack thereof.  I haven't talked much about this publicly, since it's my position that we should evaluate abortion arguments on their own merits, rather than on the personal characteristics of whoever's making the argument. But since this has become a bit of a distraction, I want to clarify where I stand.

I grew up in a Methodist church.  It's not a gay-bashing, hellfire-and-brimstone kind of place, and it does a lot of good in the community.  I have nothing against that church, and when I visit my parents, I don't mind attending services there.  But I know that I no longer have a "relationship with God," so it would be inappropriate for me to call myself a Christian.

All theists go through ups and downs in their faith.  About a year ago, I went from a major high to a major low.  And at that time, I realized that in each circumstance, my personal moral code was exactly the same.  My faith or non-faith wasn't making any difference in how I actually lived.

So I just stopped caring.

I don't know how you'd label that.  Agnostic?  Apathetic?  As a day-to-day matter, I live like an atheist humanist; I don't pray or worship, but I do try to make the world a better place.

11 comments:

Vegan Atheist said...

Thanks for sharing this, Kelsey; you DO make the world a better place!

Anonymous said...

Secular Prolife: making the world a better place, one unwanted pregnancy at a time.

Secular Prolife: Not anti-woman, just anti-women who-can't-keep-their-legs-shut.

Secular Prolife: Corpses, fetuses and living people are all "Human beings" It's in the DNA, it's science!

Secular Prolife: Supporting Bob McDonnell and his totally not inspired by christian fundamentalism anti-choice ideological crusade.

Wat said...

Human corpses are dead human beings, and human fetuses and born people are living human beings. That's not something Secular Prolife advances, it's just biological reality.

Pantheroom said...

Wat, is there a point in correcting anonymous now when the exact words you speak are in comments and blogs throughout SPL? It's not like he couldn't find them, and I'm willing to bet he/she has read them and chooses to continue to demonize. Trolls aren't worth our time.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelsey, I think I went to the same church you did! To show my appreciation for your fine post above, I am sending a small donation to Planned Parenthood in your name. Their work helping women avoid unintended pregnancies reduces the number of abortions, and I think we can all agree that's a good thing! Have a blessed day!

Simon said...

NOTE
Remember though we may pity Troll Anon Dunning–Kruger sufferers -who would be comdemned by even other well informed and civil Pro-Choicers- don't be tempted to feed them.

JoAnna said...

I am in awe at the precision with which you toppled those strawmen. Well done, sir!

Anonymous said...

Like YOU just did, Simon? Thanks for adding to the trash. Not!

Michelle Ye Zhang said...

So do CPCs. You should donate to them too.

Michelle Ye Zhang said...

I'm still not convinced that if you were still Christian that it should mean anything. ::shrug::

Psh said...

I suppose if the opposition can label you as religious, they don't have to actually listen to, understand, or address your points.