Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not a fan of Donald Trump. I did not vote for him and I feel he brings out the worst of what America is. But he is the president, and he is living up to his campaign promise to make changes.
I get so mad that it’s hard for me to talk about these things. If I understand it correctly, Mr Trump would like churches to be able to participate in politics without losing their tax exempt status. My first thought? There goes the separation of church and state.
Again, if I understand correctly, if a church was willing to pay taxes then they are allowed to voice an opinion.
Concurrent with this, he also has proposed to allow groups to curtail health care options such as birth control if it goes against their religious principles. The whole question of unwanted children aside, I am a woman with a hormone imbalance that could be treated with birth control pills if I chose that route. I wouldn’t want my employer deciding for me that I couldn’t get hormones I needed because birth control was a side effect. I already had an employer tell me that they wouldn’t cover bariatric surgery because it is cosmetic, even though my interest is health related. (I am not pretty and being thin will not make me pretty; it will however help with blood sugar, blood pressure, and joint health.) I would be unhappy if I had to choose an employer based on what health care coverage they offered.
I am not a churchy person although I have a faith. (I’m Catholic, if that matters.) I don’t really like anyone telling me what and what not to do. And I would be unhappy to have people vote as a block because their minister tells them to rather than voting their own consciences. I have several friends who voted for Trump because they will never vote Democrat which they see as the party that is killing babies by allowing abortions. I feel that abortions are within acceptability because one has to treat the patient in front of them (the woman) not the patient they cannot see (the baby). Not everyone agrees with me and that’s okay, but it does mean I might vote for a Democrat because I want other social programs to be available.
That is always my dilemma, actually, that I am fiscally conservative and socially progressive, which effectively makes me Libertarian. There aren’t very many Libertarian candidates, though, so I often chose between candidates that don’t really reflect my views.
Having said that, I don’t want a church telling me what my views are. And I can hardly imagine the uproar if the Pope expressed an opinion about who Americans should vote for, which this change would allow him to do, as the head of the Catholic church. We have already had Russia involved in an election, do we really want Rome involved?
I am so incoherent about this because I have big emotion around it and I lack the patience to process an argument about it. I mean argument in the debating sense not in the fighting sense. I have no problem with the idea that people may disagree without getting worked up. Or at least that they can keep it civil.
I don’t know. I feel like this goes against some basic tenets of my country’s foundation. And Mr Trump’s supporters seem to believe that saying anything that disagrees with the president is un-patriotic. I am saddened by the loss of discourse and certain freedoms about which this current administration seems so proud.