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  •  If you refuse to draw distinctions because you (0+ / 0-)

    personally haven't met religious people who fail to meet your standards for acceptable belief, you're just as much a prejudiced bigot as the religious extremists you rightly see as the enemy.

    You can't rationalize that you are not prejudiced because your conclusions, values, and methods are "correct."   You only believe they are, having made a sincere effort.   You can't however pretend that all religious people have failed to make similar sincere efforts.   It's true for some, but even in those cases, their intentions are generally good.  

    It's really too bad that you operate from a position of anti-religious prejudice, instead of a position critical of religious premises that cause damage, and supporting of religious premises that do good.  You & I could easily be allies creating a broader coalition for the benefit of women, based on this sentence early in your diary which gave me great hope:

    First, let me assure you that it is not that I love embryos and fetuses less, but that I love women and teenage girls more

    which is exactly how I feel, although I do not proceed to lose compassion for a protohuman simply because my compassion and care for women exceeds it.  But that's personal, and I don't expect others to feel the same.  It's why I was once anti-choice, but became pro-choice simply by meeting & talking with women who widened my experience and created empathic capacity I'd previously lacked.

    I want to emphasize is that when I was anti-choice, I left religion out of it.  My goal was to persuade people to oppose abortion legally & I knew that no law could have a religious basis.  I used Science to make my argument: the genetic individuality in a zygote, separate from maternal identity upon conception, ought to confer legal definition of personhood & resulting protections upon conception.  No ensoulment, no Catholicism, nothing.   This is prior to any consideration of the consequences of such legal protection, but my point is that this issue doesn't require religiosity, even if the majority of abortion rights opponents are religious.

    And if you are really interested in a better world for women in which their rights are not only protected, but understood, you will cease to make the mistake of linking their rights to any implied requirement of atheism.  This is such a profound sociopoliticultural error I lack the abillity and desire to describe it further.  Please consider the possibility that your own ego--your "defiance"--isn't leading you down a path of ignorance.

    Peace.

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