I believe one should have a reasonable understanding of the subject he/she is writing about. Apparently Mr. Bennett does not (World views, March 1 edition).
Mr. Bennett states: "The humanists believe that every life or potential life is a burden on society..." And from this distorted view he concludes: "That is why they treat abortion and contraception as 'women's health' issues because they look at pregnancy as a disease." What? This is not a reasoned conclusion, furthermore it highlights his ignorance about humanism.
Secular humanism is a philosophy that embraces human reason, ethics and justice while specifically rejecting religious dogma, supernaturalism, pseudoscience and superstition as the basis of morality and decision-making (i.e. social constraints are made by man).
Continuing his litany of unreasoned conclusions: "This same humanist world-view covets our tax dollars..." They do? The "Biblical world view" is extensively subsidized by our tax dollars. How many tens of billions of our tax dollars are lost each year by: tax exemptions for church-owned businesses that are directly competing against private industry, tax deductions for moneys given to churches, property taxes not paid by churches, church school bus subsidies etc.
Mr. Bennett then proceeds to the exhausted argument: "The Biblical world view ... sees every child conceived as a blessing from God, having the potential to be the next Isaac Newton..." Removing Mr. Bennett's rose colored glasses one could just as easily conclude the unborn could be the next Adolph Hitler or Bin Laden. Most would realize the more likely outcome of the unwanted child. Yes, unwanted. If the child was wanted we would not be talking about abortion and contraception -would we? The more likely scenario is the daughter will become the generational welfare mother, the street corner prostitute; the son will become the generational welfare "father," the street corner drug dealer, or another unemployed high school drop-out.
From his distorted stance he concludes: "This world view [Biblical] clearly and directly contributed to causing the United States to be the greatest nation..." I contend these generational unwanted children Mr. Bennett advocates are contributing to the fall of this great nation and the associated costs are contributing to the U.S. becoming another bankrupt country. On the other hand, family planning has allowed many people to invest their resources wisely and allowed them to have educated and productive children -taxpayers not welfare recipients.
Mr. Bennett and his ilk have hijacked the recent political discussions and reduced them to their religious views of social minutiae and away from the critical national problems that are destroying this country.
Several critical issues are clear: massive and increasing national debt, undeclared unending wars, loss of freedom and the murder of tens of thousands of youth both in our military and in the countries we have invaded. Let us not forget the 33,000 wounded U.S. solders, their continuing health care costs and suffering.
Ten years, multiple invasions, murdering tens of thousands of real, not potential, children, and trillions of wasted dollars and we are much worse off than before these wars.