Abortion wasn’t a partisan issue until Republicans made it one. In June of 1972, a Gallup poll reported that sixty-eight per cent of Republicans and fifty-nine per cent of Democrats agreed that “the decision to have an abortion should be made solely by a woman and her physician.” Fifty-six per cent of Catholics thought so, too. Blackmun clipped the Washington Post story reporting this survey and put it in his Roe case file.

Nixon was reëlected in November of 1972. Eight days after the Supreme Court issued its ruling on Roe, in January of 1973, a right-to-life amendment was introduced to Congress. “This poses real strategy problems,” a former president of Planned Parenthood said in an interview, “because to the degree that any of us fight to keep that out of the Constitution, it brands Planned Parenthood as pro-abortion.” Gerald Ford’s wife and his Vice-President, Nelson Rockefeller, supported abortion rights.

妊娠中絶は共和党がそうするまでは、党派性を持っていなかった。1972年6月のGallup pollでは、「妊娠中絶の判断は女性及び担当医によってのもなされるべきだ」に共和党支持者68%と民主党支持者59%がイエスと回答していた。そして、カトリックの56%もそう考えていた、Blackmun[憲法修正14条が妊娠中絶の権利を保障しているというRoe v. Wade最高裁判決の陪席判事]は、その世論調査結果を、自分のRoe v. Wade裁判ファイルに入れた。

ニクソンが1972年11月に再選された。Roe v. Wade裁判の最高裁判決の8日後の1973年1月に、"right-to-life"修正条項が連邦議会に提案された。家族計画の元代表はインタビューで「これは、実際の戦略上の問題を提起した。なぜなら、私たちの誰かが、right-to-lifeが憲法に入らないように戦うたびに、家族計画を妊娠中絶支持者とブランドされることになるからだ。」と述べた。ジェラルド・フォード大統領の夫人とネルソン・ロックフェラー副大統領は妊娠中絶の権利を支持していた。

[ JILL LEPORE: "Birthright - What’s next for Planned Parenthood?"(2011/11/14) on NewYoker ]
A leading professor of Old Testament from the famously conservative Dallas Theological Seminary (Bruce Waltke) countered the Roman Catholic position as non-biblical, drawing on the familiar Exodus 21 passage. In a special 1968 issue of Christianity Today on contraception and abortion, he worte in the leading article:

保守で知られるDallas Theological Seminaryの旧約聖書の指導的教授(Bruce Waltke)は、ローマカトリックの立場を非聖書的だと言って対抗し、良く知られた出エジプト記21章を引用した。避妊と妊娠中絶についてのChristianity Todayの1968年の特集号で、彼は次のように書いている。
God does not regard the fetus as a soul, no matter how far gestation has progressed. The Law plainly exacts: “If a man kills any human life he will be put to death” (Lev. 24:17). But according to Exodus 21:22-24, the destruction of the fetus is not a capital offense. … Clearly, then, in contrast to the mother, the fetus is not reckoned as a soul.


[ Jonathan Dudley: "Broken Words", 2011, p.42 via Fred Clark ]
The speed and totality of evangelicals’ sea-change on abortion is remarkable. But what’s really astonishing is that such a huge theological, political and cultural change occurred within evangelical Protestantism and no one talks about it. No one acknowledges that this huge change was, in fact, a huge change.

The convention among American evangelicals, in fact, is to pretend that no such change ever occurred — that white evangelical Protestants have always been as preoccupied with abortion and zealous in their opposition to it as they are today. It really is Orwellian. We have always been at war with Eastasia



[ Fred Clark: "Revisionist memory: White evangelicals have always been at war with abortion" (2012/10/29) ]


Jerry Falwell and others preached in the 1960's and 70's against integration, Civil Rights, Martin Luther King, and many preached against mixed-race marriages and the like. Those sermons and books were pulled from shelves about twenty years ago as a shift began to take place. These things have all disappeared down an Orwellian memory hole.

That's great if the Church wants to repent on this matter. But instead they've revised history and have decided to now call Martin Luther King a Christian and 'claim' him as one of their own. Now it was "Christians" who led the Civil Rights movement. Glenn Beck (the Mormon many Baptists love) thinks his platform is somehow a continuation of Martin Luther King's project.

Do they think we're that dumb? Apparently, and all too often the American public doesn't disappoint. I remember very well into the early 1990's being told by Christian leaders that Martin Luther King was not a Christian that the Civil Rights movement was all about Marxism and other evil ideas. I'm not talking about fringe groups. I'm talking about regular Evangelical type Churches, people in Christian schools. Martin Luther King was demonized in my home while I was growing up. The Civil Rights movement was explicitly understood to be anti-Christian. This was almost universal in Conservative Protestant churches.

I don't understand why white Evangelicals are not being called out on this? They are lying and these leaders have to know it. It hasn't been that many years! I remember it clearly and I'm hardly a senior citizen.

Jerry Falwell(福音主義キリスト教徒/Liberty University設立者)たちが、1960年代と1970年代に、統合や、公民権や、マーティン·ルーサー·キングに反対する説教をしていたり、多くが人種間結婚などに反対する説教を行っていた。これらの説教や書籍は、シフトが起こり始めた20年ほど前に、本棚から捨てられた。これらのものはオーウェル的なメモリーホールへと消えていった。




[ Protoprotestant:"Civil Rights and Evangelical Revisionism" (2012/01/16) ]






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