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Russell Moore Really Missed Some Abortion Memos - 2

There was a second part of the e-mail that I got from Russell Moore titled "A Post-Roe Reality Check" that stuck out to me as an egregious re-writing of both history and common sense.

He references the book by Randall Balmer Bad Faith: Race and the Rise of the Religious Right. Now, honestly this isn't a bad book as far as it goes, but honestly you could a sardonic atheist version with no reading by listening to the episode on it. It covers the same information and so none of us should be surprised at the racist roots of the modern American right.

So Moore says this, "Balmer is hardly the only one to make this case. Almost 30 years ago, historian Godfrey Hodgson quoted pastor Ed Dobson, a key lieutenant of Jerry Falwell Sr., as saying, “The Religious New Right did not start because of a concern about abortion. I sat in the non-smoke-filled back room with the Moral Majority, and I frankly do not remember abortion ever being mentioned as a reason why we ought to do something.”' He then uses this to draw the conclusion that it's appropriate to dismiss people who feel that overturning Roe is a step toward Christian theocracy (which, remember, he agrees is a Very Bad Thing).

But after reading that book I have to say, that's a misrepresentation of history and the book itself.

The book doesn't make the case that abortion isn't a religious issue. The book makes the point that abortion was an issue that was used to help gain traction for the religious right in the political sphere. Which is exactly the point that we scary lefties are making. The book is, for all its faults, on our side.

I also think that Moore is on our side on one specific part of this, that Christian nationalism is bad. Where we lose him is in the idea that just because abortion was one of the many issues used to help develop wedge issues and single issue voters, it was used to gain traction for progressing to a segregationist platform and so isn't religious.

Also from Balmer, 'What happened? Conservatives, led in part by Paul Weyrich, commandeered the anti-abortion movement, calling for legislation outlawing abortion (somewhat improbably for an ideology that professes to champion individual liberties and small government).'

When one of the architects of the religious right, at least in part, 'commandeered' that movement, it became a religious one. I'm not saying that every anti-choice person is an evangelical, theo-fascist. I am saying that this is a step a toward a theocracy, and when the cover over the motivation isn't in the way any more we'll see what's under it and that will be a return to our racist roots. After all Roe is being overturned because abortion has no tradition in the roots of America or some shit and if you don't know why that's bad might I recommend Stamped for Kids? It's a good book, a quick easy read because it's for kids, and it pissed Ted Cruz off.

I want to leave with two more quotes, one from Paul Weyrich, one from Roy Moore.

After the religious roundtable evangelical group, 'Weyrich complained, "Reagan aides constructed a speech for the candidate which had just enough emotional appeal for the audience, but which carefully avoided the issues of abortion, the Equal Rights Amendment, Gay Rights, and prayer in schools, each of which is a bottom line issue with the Evangelical/Fundamentalist community represented at the gathering."'

The second took place when a black guy asked Roy Moore (who is one of those guys who's so committed to being a piece of shit it's hard to be anti prison system?) when America was last great. Moore told him, 'I think it was great at the time when families were united -- even though we had slavery -- they cared for one another.' Because of American traditions, remember?

There's been a lot that's happened in this, and it's a swirled cone of agreement, disagreement, and being frustrated atheististly. I do agree that the religious right was started for racism, that is a fact. Hell, it's the mission statement. That doesn't mean that what they're doing isn't religiously motivated though. It's the separation of abortion from theocracy that I take issue with, and this is pretty far in to be getting to the thesis statement, thanks for bearing with me. What Moore tries to do is take anti-choice beliefs and separate them from the religious right, rather than try to separate himself from the religious right he just tries to hide behind them saying, well, they aren't serious about abortion because originally they were all about the racism. Which, is fine as far as it's worth, but it's not worth anything. In the 1960's Christianity Today was pro-choice. So does now their anti-choice not mean anything because originally they pro-choice?

Think for a second about right now, and the rights you have. Our daughters are going to turn 20 with fewer rights than that. Next will be our gay and trans comrades, then our black comrades, then probably back to the Jews or something because of people who be on the most illegitimate body our government has fucking us for decades because people thought Hillary was icky and making people have the baby. And the best that Russell Moore can manage is, no this is good, the bad people are racists so this isn't religious and for that, Russell Moore, I sincerely would like you to know that you are the problem.

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