Another history lesson
If the pro-life people in the late 1960's and the early 1970's had been willing to compromise with the pro-choice people, we could have had an abortion law that provided for abortion only for the life of the mother, incest, rape, and defective child; that would have cut the abortions down to three percent of what they are today. But they had an all-or-nothing mentality. They wanted it all and they got nothing. (Quote Source)
He then explains that this occured at the time the Fundamentalists began their drive to take over the Southern Baptist Convention with the infamous "all-or-nothing" mentality. I have to quote him because he worded the resulting conclusion quite well.
The truth is, even if the Fundamentalists were correct about all abortions being murder, then Fundamentalist intransigence is responsible for 97% of the murders and compromising moderates are guilty of 3%. None of us will come out of this guiltless, but one percentage requires a lot less grace.
Wow. I've maintained all along that Christians need to possess a strong offense and come up with their own initiatives for pro-family options. Their continued focus on disagreeable agendas and their dogged defense is hurting Christianity's true message. I'm not saying that what they are doing is wrong per se, but at the same time (to prevent "moral contradictions"), work on advancing better solutions or (*gasp!) compromises and let those results be seen as what Christianity really means.
Politics have become incredibly polarized over Christianity's role, and I believe it's a zero-sum game. One way or the other, Christianity is going to lose with the current tactics and lack of an original agenda.