Mom of 12 documents crowds at March for Life

29 01 2009

Here is the article and here are her photos.   I have never had a chance to participate is such a march but certainly would if I could.  I dont even know if such marches are held here but if not they certainly should be.   Even if a group of people stood at a busy train station with posters I am certain they would get a lot of attention simply because most passerby would never have seen or thought of such a protest.




3 responses

30 01 2009

I don’t know that there is a framework really to rally against something like abortion in Japan. We in America have Christianity that (for the most part) condemns abortion and so gives us a grounding. What is there in Japan? I know some Buddhist writings seem to be against abortion, but there doesn’t really seem to be a stance. Perhaps it’s due to the lack of unified religious structure? This is all conjecture of course, but for something that’s wreaking havoc on their society you’d think there might be more opposition.

30 01 2009

My guess is people are so used to it they dont even notice it anymore so people have even forgotten to be outraged by it. A lot of churches here seem to be primarily focused on charity, nothing wrong with that, such as providing aid to poor countries but they are neglecting what they could be doing in their own country as well.

I used to think Buddhists as a whole were very respectful of life however I guess there are so many sects they each focus on certain things and cant have a unified voice on issues like abortion.

30 01 2009
Adam S.

I believe that the Japanese like all people outside the Catholic Church cannot oppose abortion, or take a decisive issue on anything else in the world, because they do not have the magic of the Magisterium.
After looking at this post, I decided to view Buddhist position papers on abortion. So far they degenerate into what-if hair-splitting. They do not have a clear natural rights/law position. Instead, they argue by analogy and casuistry. The effect is bizarre. One has to wade through definitions of personality, or seity, if there is even a moment of conception, being that there is no self, or lack thereof. This is as queer as Islamic jurisprudence. There is no one definitive answer for Buddhists on abortion.
Buddhism, like most of the so-called “superior” “mystical” East, is none of that at all. Eastern philosophy harbors a vicious nihilism and passivity about events. Life as a whole is to be harmonized. It is tragic, but opportunistic for the individual. Authoritarian, yet anti-nomian. Bragging absolute certainty, but retreating behind pragmatism and skepticism.
I will quote G.K. Chesterton: “The most interesting thing that one can say about Buddhism is that it is wrong” On Buddhism in particular and abortion in general, I say, until Catholics look happy in Church and start evangelizing, preaching Christ’s Crucifixion, the World and Its Prince will continue to regard us as irrelevant .

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