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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Some Advice

Pro-choicers often accuse pro-lifers of actually being motivated by anti-misogynistic feelings. (see, e.g. here).

Here is my advice to the pro-lifers if they want to defuse that criticism. APPLY YOUR PRINCIPLES EVENLY. Do not cry about life when the subject is (arguably) nothing but a collection of cells inside a woman's body, and then stand mute while the state kills people in an unjust war, or through an unjust criminal justice system. And for God's sake, you of all people should oppose torture. At least you should not be more supportive of it than is the general public.

Have you seen this poll (hat tip Andrew Sullivan)? The question posed was: "Do you think the use of torture against suspected terrorists in order to gain important information can often be justified, sometimes be justified, rarely be justified, or never be justified?" Surely, if you really believed in the value and dignity of every person, your answer would be 'never' or 'rarely.' But the majority of Catholics - 56% - said 'often' or 'sometimes.' How many secular people said often or sometimes? 35%

"And now these three remain, wealth, power and security. But the greatest of these is security."