cheerleader wrote:Great job, Mark. Appreciate your opinion. Hope folks understand.
We can't legislate morality.
Our personal beliefs cannot deny others their rights. I may personally disagree with invitro fertilizaton, abortion, embryonic stemcells and euthanasia ...that's my right.
But it's not my right to deny these to anyone else. Or to judge anyone else in their personal and private choice.
We now have a president who is unafraid of science, and unafraid of individual rights.
A true peacemaker.
Excuse me, but your statements are blatantly false. In America, I have the absolute right to vote my conscious, regardless of what your opinion is. The U.S. may be headed for socialism or something else. But the Bill of Rights are still in play here. And, I STILL have a right to vote the way I feel, not the way YOU feel.
Also, just about all law is based on morality so give me nonsense about not legislating morality.
You need to go back to school for some simple Civics lessons.
Who said anything about keeping you from voting your conscience? Who said anything about voting at all? Of course you have the right to vote your conscience, and I would fight to the death to protect that right.
What you don't have the right to do is force your faith-based views on those who don't share the same convictions. You believe that life begins at conception. Fine, that's wonderful, and nobody is forcing you to step on a zygote.
By the same token, I believe that a zygote is nothing more than a clump of undifferentiated cells that bears as much commonality to a fully formed human being as a piece of iron ore does to the Golden Gate Bridge. What gives you the right to dictate your version of morality to me?
Believe me, I firmly hold that the people who stand in the way of embryonic stem cell research are acting completely immorally, by keeping potential cures out of the reach of millions of patients suffering from horrendous illnesses. By choosing to protect a zygote, based only on a "belief", they are potentially sentencing millions of living, breathing, fully formed, fully conscious human beings to pain, paralysis, and lingering death. I place the suffering of actual living human beings over the "rights" of a barely organized group of cells smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.
But that's just me. Believe what you want to believe, just don't expect me to abide by your rules...