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When Does Human Life Begin? and Other Questions

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.
André Gide
Truth made you a traitor as it often does in a time of scoundrels
Lillian Hellman
Europeans are baffled by Americans who constantly proclaim the “separation of church and state” yet remain so stubbornly religious they increasingly conflate religious belief with politics. This was made undeniably clear when the very first general-election meeting between Barack Obama and John McCain took place not in a newsroom with network moderators, but in the sanctuary of Saddleback Church, an Evangelical megachurch with its senior pastor, Rick Warren, a Southern evangelical, as interrogator.One of the questions Pastor Warren asked the candidates was “When-do-human-rights-begin? This is another way of asking “When does human life begin?” The disguised question, of course, was:” Are you for or against abortion?” Senator McCain, immediately answered, “the moment of conception” to great applause. Senator Obama posed it as a scientific vs. a theological question then said it was “above my pay grade.” Was that too intellectual or simply honest?Read more