What I believe
NOTE: This page is a work in progress, so please be patient…
Abortion: It’s murder. Period. A straw argument I often hear is it’s a woman’s body. Well, considering the unborn child always has its own unique DNA and often (such as in my own case) a different blood type, that’s not true.
The reality is, sex is not a right, but rather a privilege. It also carries with it a huge responsibility with far more emotional consequences than people (including men) care to admit. If you’re not ready for the responsibility (paying child support, raising a child, putting it up for adoption), then you’re not ready for sex.
Capital punishment: It always amazes me how some of the most staunchly pro-abortion crowds can be so anti-death penalty–especially when we’re talking about an incorrigible murderer who’s been convicted on irrefutable, incontrovertible evidence. Especially if it’s a murderer who can and will murder again if they escape from prison.
I’m open to holding off on the execution of someone whose appealing based on compelling circumstances (where DNA may exonerate or where the conviction is based on questionable circumstances). Otherwise, a person who murders in cold blood should be executed.
Affirmative action: A person should be judged by their character, experience and other qualifications. Race and ethnicity should be completely irrelevant.
The environment: We as Christians are expected to be responsible stewards of this planet. This means trying to be efficient as much as possible, disposing of hazardous materials in safe ways, turning off water and lights when not needed. But I worry that groups like the Sierra Club and other environmental lobbyists are more about power than they are the environment. Oil and gas should be drilled in a responsible way, but also in a way that doesn’t drown in government bureaucracy. Unless you like paying $6 per gallon for gas, let the companies do their jobs. They’re not the eco-enemies many would have you believe.
Gay rights: I don’t support gay marriage or allowing gays to adopt, but I don’t see why there should be anti-sodomy laws. It makes me very uncomfortable that the government should try to dictate what sexual acts can take place in private. What consenting adults do in private, as long as it doesn’t pertain to me, is none of my business and I’d rather keep it that way.
Benefits for domestic partners? I lean towards no but am not certain.
Energy: Explore for oil and gas to keep the prices down and make America energy independent, but keep researching for alternate fuels. Let’s face it, folks: this planet has a finite amount of oil and gas. Someday the internal combustion engine will be obsolete.
Democrats: There are some I agree with and some I disagree with. I think the notion that democrats are for the poor and downtrodden is a myth.
Republicans: There are some I agree with and some I disagree with. I find it very disappointing so many have gotten away from responsible fiscal policies. This is one of the main reasons I’m an independent conservative.
Hollywood and politics: I have no problems with actors, musicians, producers and other entertainers giving their opinions on politics, as long as it’s well-spoken and has something to say. Sorry, Sean Penn, but wanting to trade Bill O’Reilly and/or Howard Stern for Osama bin Laden doesn’t qualify. Sorry, Danny Glover, but meeting with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and extolling his virtues over then-president George W. Bush when Chavez is trying to turn Venezuela into a dictatorship doesn’t qualify.
National Day of Prayer: Clif, my stepfather-in-law, said something very poignant that helped me nail down why I’ve become so reluctant of this day. It should be a prayer of repentance rather than a prayer for prosperity.
Tolerance: Tolerance that is intolerant towards what it deems intolerant is itself intolerance.
Vegetarianism/veganism: I eat meat. My favorites are beef, chicken, some fish and some pork. I also love eggs, cheese and milk. But I completely support the right of those who wish to not eat meat or animal products.
Journalism: What’s going on in journalism is a microcosm of what’s going on in the government, the auto industry and countless other places: people who are lousy writers or reporters are inexplicably put into positions of leadership. Bad leadership makes for even worse decisions.
The economy: How do we solve our fiscal woes? For starters, spend less than we earn. My deepest disappointment of President George W. Bush (whom I voted for twice) was that he never put his foot down by telling Congress he wouldn’t sign a budget that had red ink. When you consider the billions of dollars in wasteful spending we do annually, it’s maddening. I mean, do we really need faith-based initiatives or the National Endowment of the Arts?