Kevin Starr meet John Adams:

Posted: March 7, 2010 by datechguy in local stuff
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I haven’t written as much about the Planned Parenthood protests lately although they have continued unabated every day except for the day of the last storm.

Friday 3/5 protest. Photo courtesy Ted Turner and used with Permission

More interesting that that was an outburst at the last city counsel meeting by Ward 4 counselor Kevin Starr:

“I will not tolerate those morals being pushed on me and these members of the Council,” Starr said. “That American flag stands for something up there, and there’s no place for those discussions to take place in here.”

Starr said in the future, he hoped that people would stay on topic, and “keep their personal beliefs to themselves.”

It reminded me very much of the type of thing people used to say about Abolitionists pre-civil war. A local protestant Pastor was not impressed:

The Rev. Thomas Hughes, pastor of New Creation Community Church on Water Street, wants Ward 4 City Councilor Kevin Starr to apologize for what Hughes called “inappropriate” and “disrespectful” remarks about pro-life advocates who opposed Planned Parenthood’s proposal to open on Main Street.

“I’m asking not only as a pastor myself, but as a member of the community, for (Starr) to offer an apology,” Hughes said. “I’m hoping he’ll come forth and offer an apology to his constituents, and our city.”

I congratulate Mr. Starr. I’ve been trying to enlist the help of protestant pastors to our cause with little success for weeks, he managed to get them energized with just a few words.

I would suggest when he starts talking about the American Flag he remembers the words of John Adams, you know the founding father who WROTE the Massachusetts constitution…

We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.

Have these guys EVER read history? I would suggest he reads Hart’s spectacular American History as written by contemporaries. My amazon review of Vol 1 here. He will get an education of what the founders and the actual people thought of the subject.

  1. Your argument, and I suppose the same is that of most of the PP protesters, against abortion is that of religion; A violation of the 5th commandment thou shall not kill. OK I get that.

    Persons want an abortion for whatever personal reason they have. Whether it be they’re too young, not ready, putting career first, not stable, not married, married but pregnant by another man, etc.

    When that tough decision has been made but the abortion is unavaiable what then? If the perception is that only low income individuals have children in order to increase their welfare and cash assistance payments, wouldn’t an abortion in essence be cheaper to the tax payers? Wouldn’t less funding be needed for childrens’ health insurance programs? Wouldn’t this keep welfare assistance lower? Wouldn’t this actually lower taxes since less federal money would be used for these social programs.

    Isn’t this something that a conservative could see? Isn’t a conservative someone who wants to limit spending, cut spending, and reduce taxes?

    Wouldn’t limiting the population actually accomplish these things?

    If the child is born, and the mother is in no position to care for her child then what? Who will watch the baby? Are there still orphanages in Massachusetts? Are those publicly funded or privately funded? Does it still cost the tax payers more money to raise a child then the $0 in tax money that goes towards abortion?

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