Okay, now how about the new male contraceptives -- would they deny those? One method under development is a synthetic steroid that will suppress sperm cell development. Other research aims to prevent maturation of the sperm, making it unable to fertilize an egg. Either way, there would be no fertilization of the egg, therefore no "conception" as they define it. This can't be taking the "life" of the unborn because there has been no life established. Stay tuned--let's see how the Catholics get out of this one!
“The Rev” says that “Jan, and other atheists, always seem to resort to the unholy trinity in making their point: The Crusades, the Inquisition, and the Salem Witch Trials. In the past, I've given logical, rational and historical explanations that attempt to diffuse one's ‘fear’ of fanatical Christianity.”
Say what you will, Rev, the point was well-made because those events counted for many, many deaths and no explanation you can give can alter that simple fact or justify the evil of those acts!
I am always amazed at the statements of Christians about their faith with their convoluted concept of "Salvation" (and of course, the eternal damnation that comes with it, damning unbelievers like me), their faith that the primitive stories told in the Bible are true, and their substantiation of prophecies based on far-out readings of ancient verses. Thus they defend childish theories like Creationism and fight the evidence-based theory of evolution. They should follow Galileo, who showed some sense when he said, "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same god who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forego their use."
Why does Pedigo find it disturbing that both letter writers believe that pro-life people should bear responsibility for the murder of the abortion doctor? Pedigo should re-read Fr. Carmody’s letter where he states the following: “He (Dr. Tiller) was only one of three nationally who performed late-term abortions. I can picture the day when abortion will remain legal and yet there will be no doctor willing to perform abortion.” Now Dr. Tiller has just been killed, and here is a pro-life person saying, in effect, “Hey, only two more to go, and we’ll have what we want!” While it’s possible that Fr. Carmody didn’t really mean it that way, his words could certainly be construed as “encouraging” more such action. And therein lies the danger.
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