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Mini Manifesto Essay

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Pastor Neimoelle wrote, “First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.” We live in the most complex, interdependent and interesting time in history. While the strides and progress that mankind has made have allowed us to enjoy a unparalleled standard of living, the complexity and nuance that has enable us to do so has created much moral ambiguity. As we’ve become more susceptible to threats like ...view middle of the document...

While I would personally never encourage a woman to have an abortion, I would never take away from a woman the right to control her own body away. As a man, my capacity to fully understand this issue will always be limited. No matter how much I study, listen or learn, I’ll never be able to comprehend the fear and anxiety that comes with becoming pregnant. A living, growing being is growing inside of you, and to force a woman to carry a pregnancy to term against her will is an obscenity. Just as we have no control over where we were born, we also have no control over whether we were born with an XX or an XY chromosome. Immanuel Kant believed that human beings must always be treated as ends and not means. If our society were to force a woman to keep a pregnancy that she sought to terminate, we would be treating a woman, a human being, as simply the means through we create another human life. Kant also believed deeply that human beings are uniquely rational agents capable of making decisions for themselves. If we were to take away from her the ability to make her own rational decision, we would be abridging the rights of someone who’s already alive and rational in favor of a being with the potential to one day obtain that same status. More importantly, if we allow the government to begin to legislate deeply personal issues such as abortion, we are creating a very slippery slope. If we simply ‘give’ this one to those who are pro-life, who’s to say they’re going to stop there? If we don’t stand up for the rights of everyone, then we have no way of ensuring our own freedoms, as Neimoelle wrote. We can’t allow those who want to reverse the progress we’ve made to get their foot in the door. If we stand idly by while the rights of others are taken away, who’s to say an inch won’t become a yard and they’ll come for us next?
Another divisive topic that has emerged as a hot-button issue in the past several years is gay marriage. Many people oppose gay marriage on religious grounds and cite passages from the Bible that call homosexuality “a detestable sin” (Leviticus 18:22). While I am myself a person of faith, I...

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