so good, I reblogged it twice.
so good, I’m reblogging it twice.
Some people say homosexuality is a sin. It’s not. God is perfectly cool with it, and he feels the same way about homosexuality as he does about heterosexuality. Now, you might say, woah, woah, slow down. You move too fast. How could you have the audacity—the temerity—to speak on the behalf of God. Exactly, that’s an excellent point, and I pray that you remember it.
A three-day-old human embryo is a collection of 150 cells called a blastocyst. There are, for the sake of comparison, more than 100,000 cells in the brain of a fly. If our concern is about suffering in this universe, it is rather obvious that we should be more concerned about killing flies than about killing three-day-old human embryos… Many people will argue that the difference between a fly and a three-day-old human embryo is that a three-day-old human embryo is a potential human being. Every cell in your body, given the right manipulations, every cell with a nucleus is now a potential human being. Every time you scratch your nose, you’ve committed a holocaust of potential human beings… Let’s say we grant it that every three-day-old human embryo has a soul worthy of our moral concern. First of all, embryos at this stage can split into identical twins. Is this a case of one soul splitting into two souls? Embryos at this stage can fuse into a chimera. What has happened to the extra human soul in such a case? This is intellectually indefensible, but it’s morally indefensible given that these notions really are prolonging scarcely endurable misery of tens of millions of human beings, and because of the respect we accord religious faith, we can’t have this dialogue in the way that we should. I submit to you that if you think the interests of a three-day-old blastocyst trump the interests of a little girl with spinal cord injuries or a person with full-body burns, your moral intuitions have been obscured by religious metaphysics.
Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation
Get it through your heads, people. Potentiality=/=actuality, and we don’t hand out rights based on mere potential.
Fox News and Jesus Christ.
- CHRISTMAS: Keep Christ in it.
- HELPING THE POOR AND IMPOVERISHED: Keep Christ out of it.
BIG BUSINESS: It’s capitalism and the economy and free markets! Don’t bring your personal beliefs into it!
ABORTION & GAY RIGHTS: Why won’t anyone respect our personal beliefs???
CONCORD — A Gilford man convicted of raping and impregnating a 15-year-old church member who was made to apologize to her fellow members, was sentenced Tuesday to 15 to 30 years in prison.
My uncle shared this story on Facebook. It is interesting and disturbing.