Not Just Christian

Ooooohh, I guess respect for life isn’t just a Christian value.

Yet another good letter to the editor of the Rapid City Journal today:

Pro-life record

Alone among the ancient societies, the Hebrews regarded abortion as a crime associated with murder. Jewish tradition universally praises those who resisted abortion.

In Temple days, Jewish courts punished abortion as a crime. In “Against Apion,” Flavius Josephus, explaining Jewish practice in Jerusalem, wrote: “The (Jewish) Law orders all the offspring to be brought up, and forbids women either to cause abortion or to make away with the fetus: a woman convicted of this commits infanticide, because she destroys a soul and diminishes the race.”

In “A Study of Abortion in Primitive Societies” (1955), ethnographer George Devereaux said, “Jews considered it (abortion) a heathen abomination.”

Since Christianity developed out of Judaism, no wonder Christians have promoted the sanctity of life for 2,000 years. Honor Judaism’s magnificent 5,700-year and Christianity’s 2,000-year pro-life record by voting for Eli Schwiesow and yes on Referendum 6 to keep HB1215

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