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标 题: 堕胎和同性恋权利真的是美国的价值观吗？
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Are Abortion and Gay Rights Really American Values?
“My religion defines who I am. And I’ve been a practicing Catholic my
whole life,” said Vice President Joe Biden in 2012. “I accept my church’s
position on abortion as…doctrine. Life begins at conception. …I just
refuse to impose that on others.”
For four decades, Biden backed the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use
of the tax dollars of Joe’s fellow Catholics to pay for what they view as
the killing of the innocent unborn.
Last week, Joe flipped. He now backs the repeal of the Hyde Amendment.
Ilyse Hogue of NARAL Pro-Choice America welcomed home the prodigal son: “We
’re pleased that Joe Biden has joined the rest of the 2020 Democratic field
in coalescing around the Party’s core values—support for abortion rights.”
But when did the right to an abortion—a crime in many states before 1973—
become a “core value” of the Democratic Party?
And what are these “values” of which politicians incessantly talk?
Are they immutable? Or do they change with the changing times?
Last month, Disney CEO Bob Iger said his company may cease filming in
Georgia if its new anti-abortion law takes effect: “If [the bill] becomes
law, I don’t see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there.”
The Georgia law outlaws almost all abortions, once a heartbeat is detected,
some six to eight weeks into pregnancy. It reflects the Christian
conservative values of millions of Georgians.
To Iger and Hollywood, however, Georgia’s law radically restricts the “
reproductive rights” of women, and is a moral outrage.
What we have here is a clash of values.
What one side believes is preserving the God-given right to life for the
unborn, the other regards as an assault on the rights of women.
The clash raises questions that go beyond our culture war to ask what
America should stand for in the world.
“American interests and American values are inseparable,” Pete Buttigieg
told Rachel Maddow. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Claremont
Institute: “We have had too little courage to confront regimes squarely
opposed to our interests and our values.”
Are Pompeo and Mayor Pete talking about the same values?
The mayor is proudly gay and in a same-sex marriage. Yet the right to same-
sex marriage did not even exist in this country until the Supreme Court
discovered it a few years ago.
In a 2011 speech to the U.N., Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “Gay
rights are human rights.” She approved of U.S. embassies flying the
rainbow flag during Pride Month.
This year, Mike Pompeo told the U.S. embassy in Brazil not to fly the
rainbow flag. He explained his moral duty to the Christian Broadcasting
Network: “The task I have is informed by my understanding of my faith, my
belief in Jesus Christ as the Savior.”
The Christian values Pompeo espouses on abortion and gay rights are in
conflict with what progressives now call human rights.
And the world mirrors the American divide.
There are gay pride parades in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, but none in Riyadh
and Mecca. In Brunei, homosexuality can get you killed.
To many Americans, diversity—racial, ethnic, cultural, religious—is our
Yet Poland and Hungary are proudly ethnonationalist. South Korea and Japan
fiercely resist the racial and ethnic diversity immigration would bring.
Catalans and Scots in this century, like Quebecois in the last, seek to
secede from nations to which they have belonged for centuries.
Are ethnonationalist nations less righteous than diverse nations likes ours?
And if diversity is an American value, is it really a universal value?
Consider the treasured rights of our First Amendment—freedom of speech,
religion, and the press.
Saudi Arabia does not permit Christian preachers. In Afghanistan and
Pakistan, converts to Christianity face savage reprisals. In Buddhist
Myanmar, Muslims are ethnically cleansed.
These nations reject an equality of all faiths, believing instead in the
primacy of their own majority faith. They reject our wall of separation
between religion and state. Our values and their values conflict.
What makes ours right and theirs wrong? Why should our views and values
prevail in what are, after all, their countries?
Some view our Constitution as protecting practices—abortion, blasphemy,
pornography, flag-burning, trashing religious beliefs—that other nations
regard as symptoms of a disintegrating society.
When Hillary Clinton said half of all Trump supporters could be put into a
“basket of deplorables” for being “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic
, Islamophobic,” she was conceding that many of them detest many
True, but in the era of Trump, why should her liberal values be those
America champions abroad?
With secularism’s triumph, we Americans have no common religion, no common
faith, no common font of moral truth. We disagree on what is right and wrong
, moral and immoral.
Without an agreed-upon higher authority, values become matters of opinion.
And ours are in conflict and irreconcilable.
Understood. But how, then, do we remain one nation and one people?
Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles
That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever. To find out
more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and
cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com.
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