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Posted By: Jim Tailor
29-Jan-05 - 02:33 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Religious Left
Subject: RE: BS: The Religious Left
"many of us don't buy the right-wing hysteria about it being genocide or the like"

Certainly not "genocide" in a purely etymological sense of the word. It's not the planned extermination of a race, though it certainly has had those elements interjected by people very active in the inception of the "Pro-choice" movement (like Margaret Sanger).

But it has certainly resulted in a greater shedding of life than any genocide in history. So, though one may take great comfort in the etymological distinction, the reality of dimunition of life, its value and meaning, has certainly been broader than any genocide.

I heard one commentator state that he thought it was John Kerry's "Joe Offer-like" comment (he didn't actually say "Joe Offer-like" -- I just threw that in for mudcat clarification *grin*) ---that, though he believed that life began at conception, he would never do anything to stop abortion -- was a turning point in the election. That one really had the moderates shaking their heads.