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Cultural Divide, Stem Cells, and Abortion

Posted in Christ and Culture,Government & Politics,Imago Dei by sosipater on April 13, 2007

Happy Friday everyone!  Things have been slow on the blog this week.  It has been a very busy week and I look forward to it being over.

Yesterday was a busy day for Baptist Press also.  I wanted to point out a few culturally sensitive issues that were written about.

The first article is “Land tackles liberal-conservative divide”.   Richard Land of the SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission tackles the question of a culturally divided nation, the religious heritage of our founding fathers, and the role of the state in religion, among other topics.  Here is what he says about his new book, The Divided States of America?: What Liberals AND Conservatives are missing in the God-and-country shouting match!,

The book, released by Thomas Nelson Publishers, asserts that “it is possible to affirm and practice belief in God while simultaneously practicing a rigorous separation of church and state.”

“My goal in this book,” Land said, “is to get people to think about the role that religion should and should not play in America’s future and to help people understand that there is more agreement on that matter than many think.

I found this quote interesting also,

It is not a lukewarm middle-of-the-road position he is staking out, Land said, but a reasonable position supported by history and Scripture. He finds fault with those who warn that “theocrat bogeymen” prowl the countryside and who grouse that faith in public life invariably leads to a theocracy. And he criticizes those he calls “Christian reconstructionists,” whose aim is to rewire the U.S. government to favor the Christian faith above all others.

The next article deals with the stem cell research votes happening in congress right now.  Very unfortunate votes, but thankfully President Bush will veto bills that are sanctioning the murder of human lives.  I think Richard Land nails it pretty good here,

“I am disappointed that the vote was that close to two-thirds,” said Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, “but I am gratified that there is still not a veto-proof majority in the United States Senate in favor of legislation that would use federal tax money to destroy the lives of our tiniest human beings to seek potential treatments and cures for older and bigger human beings.”

Finally, “Court Ponder if Abortion Kills a Human“.  What in the world do they think it kills? 

In a rare 11-judge hearing, a federal appeals court is considering whether physicians in South Dakota should be required to tell women seeking an abortion that they will be terminating “the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being,” and observers say the outcome could reverberate nationwide.

Apart fromt the obviousness of the question, politically, let the states decide.  We had an unfortunate episode a while back in our country’s history about letting states decide these things.  Too bad we now have a central government that pretty much enforces it’s will on our nation, regardless of the will of the states, or the citizens of each state.  Anyway, I’m getting sidetracked. 

If you have any comments on these articles, let’em rip.  Have a great weekend.

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  1. bj77 said,

    I have a comment….(imagine that, right?;)

    “There is no medical data that determines when a fetus becomes a human being,” Sarah Stoesz

    This comment is hallmark of secular left inconsistency! First of all, evolutionary biologist DO NOT KNOW what distinguishes us (humans) from any other species. You all have heard that we have somewhere between 93-98 percent DNA simularity with our long lost cousins, Chimpanzes. In a recent Discovery Channel episode entitled “What Makes Us Human?” I was left scratching my head, while eating a banana, wondering if I would ever get a straight answer whether philosophical, scientific, or maybe theological to the programs question. To my disapointment, and through all the jargon no answer was given. Plenty of assumptions and assertions, but no answer. My point in saying all this is simple. Sarah Stoesz could not possibly know what makes her human let alone whether a fetus is human! All someone has to ask this post-modern, camoflauge pants wearing, wife beater tank top sporting, hairy armpitted, unbathed, Left-wing baby killer is “Sarah what makes you human, and how do you know that?” She certainly can’t argue for DNA. Every living organism has DNA of its own kind.

    You know what I cant finish this….I am so pissed off right know!

  2. daxw said,

    As far as Richard Land goes-I agree with him that many people have elevated their patriotism to a god like status. I had a hard time finishing the article after Land said we should emulate someone as vile as Abraham Lincoln. Give me a break. I was surprised to see that Trent Lott supported the bill for embryonic research. I need to look into this more. I’ve always wondered-what do we do with the thousands upon thousands of embryos that are just sitting in freezers and have been there for a long time?
    Echoing what B.J. said about the inconsistency of secularists. I’m sure Ms. Stoesz was appalled like the rest of us when she saw that Andrea Yates had drowned her five children in Texas a few years ago. I’m sure Ms. Stoesz would have had no problem encouraging Andrea Yates to murder those five children while they were still in her womb though.

    B.J.,
    I have to admit that is exactly what I thought Sarah Stoesz probably looked like. Keep working on the spelling! It’s getting a little better.

  3. sosipater said,

    Dax,

    I am also very tired of the Abraham Lincoln worship and was the absolutely worst thing he said, but that sentiment is so common today. On hindsight I should have edited that comment out.


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