God fares poorly in 2008 elections

The election is over and the votes are in.  Despite all the prayers from the religious right, Obama has prevailed.  As a consolation, California’s Proposition 8 passed, making gay marriage illegal.  However, the new law is being challenged by opponents who charge that it is unconstitutional.  Although about $70 million was spent on P8 (according to the San Francisco Chronicle), in the end, the issue may be decided by the courts.

God did not do so well in other state initiatives.  South Dakota voters turned down Measure 11, which would outlaw abortions but included exceptions for rape, incest and pregnancies that threaten the life or health of the woman.   Colorado’s Amendment 48 was defeated by a 73% to 27% margin.  It would have amended the Colorado constitution to define the term “person” to “include any human being from the moment of fertilization” and would have applied that definition to laws providing protection for natural and essential rights.

 

Michigan’s Proposition 2 on embryo and embryonic research passed by a 53-47 margin.  The new law “prohibits state laws that prevent, restrict or discourage stem cell research, therapies or cures.”  The constitutional amendment allows use of human embryos for any research permitted under federal law if the embryos are created for fertility treatment purposes; are not suitable for implantation or are in excess of clinical needs; would be discarded unless used for research; and were donated by the person seeking fertility treatment.

Also passing by a comfortable 59-41 margin was Washington State’s Initiative 1000, which permits terminally ill, competent, adult state residents, who are medically predicted to have six months or less to live, to request and self-administer lethal medication prescribed by a physician.  Washington joins Oregon in giving people the right to end their own lives.

Michigan voters also passed Proposition 1 by a large margin (63-37) to legalize medical marijuana, joining other states that have already passed similar legislation.  The new Michigan law permits registered patients with debilitating medical conditions including cancer, glaucoma, HIV, hepatitis C, epilepsy and MS to grow and use marijuana; establish a registry system for qualified patients; require establishment of a procedure for considering the expansion of medical conditions which can be treated with medical marijuana and permit unregistered patients and primary caregivers to assert medical reasons for using marijuana as a defense to any prosecution involving marijuana.

On balance, this was not a good day for God.  More individuals now have the right to end their lives, to get an abortion, or to use medical marijuana to mitigate the symptoms of diseases.  Our godlike federal government embraces the war on drugs with a religious fervor, and has been at odds with other states that have passed similar laws.  Perhaps we should not feel secure in our new-found rights, which will undoubtedly be targeted my the moral self-righteous.

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