Tuesday, February 03, 2009

God Bless You, Joel Connelly

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Joel Connelly, columnist for the Seattle PI, is most often on the other side of social issues. I might add, he is most often on the wrong side of those issues, in my opinion.

But, sometimes miracles happen.

In his own words Mr. Connelly admits, "A contrarian idea took hold of my mind. Show for once, that a Seattle newspaper scribe can write a column sympathetic to the pro-life view-point."

Connelly, in his column, "Liberals Need Own 'Plan B' On Pharmacies" says, "The state's liberal, peace and feminist activists have a lengthy record of standing with those who take stands on conscience."

He points out the inconsistencies in the case concerning the Storemans family and their refusal to stock or sell the abortion pill "plan B" in their pharmacies and the subsequent lawsuit over their conscientious objection. Although the legal costs in this matter has had a devastating financial impact on their business, they have merely refused to sell the pill, offering to refer customers to pharmacies that do.

Connelly says, "Liberals should recognize and defend individual acts of conscientious objection, even by those of different political faiths."

I recommend you read his column.

God bless you, Joel Connelly. At least this time.

Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom

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  1. "A contrarian idea took hold of my mind. Show for once, that a Seattle newspaper scribe can write a column sympathetic to the pro-life view-point."

    Of course this requires that one ignore the numerous columns Connelly himself wrote against the death with dignity initiative. Or are we subtly admitting that "pro-life" is really just an attempt to put positive spin on "anti-abortion".

  2. Its not really sympathetic to a pro life view , but the choice of the individual to obey his or her conscience . Actually if you think about it , its the pro choice view . But I agree he is consistent in his thinking on the matter, and that is at least principled . He is respecting the choice towards life as much as the choice towards abortion .


  3. What is the real reason behind the passion for abortion? I don't understand why pro-choice people are so frantically pushing for abortion that they want to control the thoughts and actions of others!

  4. 8:37 must be living in some alternate reality because here on earth no one is "pushing" abortion. The pro-choice movement is "pushing" the idea that the decision to end or continue a pregnancy belongs to woman, who is pregnant and to her alone. The only one's trying to control the thoughts and actions of others are the anti-abortion, anti-contraception zealots, who make up the so-called right to life movement.

  5. "What is the real reason behind the passion for abortion? "

    I don't think their is as much passion as you may think . Perhaps its because we hear the folks like the fella who just called pro lifers zealots . But many people feel that it is immoral , but in our pick a value you velieve in , I'm Ok your Ok culture they feel as though its not their concern . As though ending a life has nothing to do with them . The don't see it from the ITs A WONDERFUl LIFE frame of mind , that abortion stops all the things that person , created by God with a purpose , would have done . Society has convinced people that life is not to be held up as a gift , but to be held uop as a burden .

    The majority of people who see life as important vote pro life .
    The majority of our culture just does't see life as a gift from God .

    Sad . All we can do is do as much as we can for those who here , love the ones who have abortions and love the ones who do not . Take and try to care for those in need .


  6. 'choice for abortion'=killing!

  7. 10:37
    I have to disagree. Planned parent hood is certainly pushing for abortion - it is a multimillion dollar business. Politicians like it so much that they spend millions of our tax dollars to help it happen and they like it so much that they are willing to attack pharmacists who don't agree with them. Obama likes it so much that he wants to reinstate partial birth abortion, stop allowing states to require that parents be told when it is a minor and even use tax dollars to pay for more of them to happen over seas. This is way beyond a woman's choice!

  8. 8:42 AM

    You are sorely misinformed. PP loses money off of abortions, their primary work is in reproductive health care and contraception. Millions of poor women get their annual gynecological exams subsidized by PP.

    As for your other examples. All politicians are doing is ensuring that women retain their CHOICE. No one is forcing abortions on anyone. No is saying anyone must have an abortion merely that they must have that CHOICE.


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