Steinberg: Mourdock’s mistake is speaking for God

Neil Steinberg, writing at the Chicago Sun-Times, gets it:

This flies by some Republicans, and they trip over it. Particularly when it comes to abortion. They are so lost in their own religious belief — that a fetus is a baby, that God is against abortion, contraception, often sex itself — that the idea that other people get to form their own beliefs too on these issues, just like they do, flies by them. It boggles their minds.

I would go one step further though, and make the argument in the broader context; this phenomenon is neither limited to Republicans nor the issues of abortion or rape. My wording would be:

This flies by some, and they trip over it. They are so lost in their own religious belief that the idea that other people get to form their own beliefs too, just like they do, flies by them. It boggles their minds.

The bottom line, however, is identical: the same Freedom of Religion which gives you the right to believe what you choose, gives me the right to believe the same or something different. That’s America folks, and make no mistake about this: those who are intentionally unable to grasp the concept (willful ignorance) — or unwilling to put it into practice — are being un-American — period.

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