|Teresa, according to Teresa|
Hopefully those questions helped to illustrate my point. In case they didn't, the point is that there are a lot of people who consider me to be immoral for various reasons. To a hard core fundamentalist Muslim, I'm immoral just for being Christian, let alone the fact that I'm totes okay with drinking alcohol and eating pork. To some Protestants, I'm immoral just for being Catholic. I'm immoral to a lot of anti-war asshats because I served in the military. Similarly, I'm immoral to a lot of hard core Christians because I'm pro-choice.
Yesterday, Silver made a very good point. He said that since I reject many of the moral standards set by the Catholic church then I am immoral according to their rubric.
Morality is, in actuality, a very gray thing in most cases. I know a lot of people like to think it's black and white, but anyone who has ever been stuck in a shitty situation knows that black and white is usually not the case. Let's use abortion for an example. Is it moral to tell a woman she must keep her rape baby? Is it moral to tell a woman that she must give her life to give birth to her child? Is it immoral for a woman to choose her life over that of her unborn baby?
Fortunately, some other guy, dmarks, jumped in on this discussion and tried to support Teresa. He said that because I'm "okay" with abortion, then I'm the type of guy who thinks "violence is okay so long as it doesn't affect me."
Wow, okay, well thank you for joining on the "let's make completely retarded and erroneous assumptions about Jack's moral character so that he can shut us down and make us look like morons" train. No, you dumbass, I don't believe that. What that guy and Teresa are doing is applying the logic of a very particular situation to other situations that are not the same.
"You're opposed to hunger, but it's okay for people to starve."
Question: when is it ever justified to let someone starve? Follow-up question: is it ever justified to take a life? Of course there are a lot of nuances with the notion of taking a human life, and not every situation is the same, but that's the point. Just because I think it's sometimes justified to take a life doesn't automatically mean that I think everything is morally permissible.
|Me, according to Teresa|
Hopefully you all see where that is going. I'm not going to throw myself at any religion's mercy. What I am going to do, however, is do what I think is right. I believe in liberty and justice, and the things I do with my life are directed towards making the world a freer and more just place--a better place. If some high-horse moralist assholes have a problem with that, well then you can simply blow it out your asses.
Can you really blame me for following my conscience Teresa?