View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Barack Obama: "It's people!"

I watched the Saddleback forum last night with interest.

I thought both John McCain and Barack Obama did well - though I think McCain did more for his chances thanks to his showing.

Obama's responses on abortion and embryonic stem cell research reinforced my perception of his stances on these issue - stances with which I strongly disagree. But I've long considered him in bed with Planned Parenthood, the billion dollar abortion business, anyway.

However, his answer on stem cells brought back a movie memory.

My mind works that way.

One of his arguments was that they would be using embryos that were going to be discarded anyway. I suddenly thought of the movie Soylent Green. In the movie, Soylent Green is a food fed to people on an overpopulated future Earth. Charlton Heston plays a cop who in the process of investigating a death finds out how Soylent Green is made.

It seems that when people die, their bodies are processed into Soylent Green and fed to the living.

The bodies were just going to burned or buried anyway, right?

The movie ends with Heston warning others about Soylent Green: "It's people."


What Obama and the others of the pro-choice/pro-stem-cell-research camp seem to forget is that we are not simply dealing with some separate species called "embryos." We're dealing with people.



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