Silent Scream Quiz

October 21, 2008 § 8 Comments

What is missing from this brochure?

Some kinds of murder of the innocent are just so nineties, now that McCain is Our Guy[tm]

Then there is this:

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(HT to Lydia McGrew for sending me fishing for the brochure, which she remembered seeing in print.)


§ 8 Responses to Silent Scream Quiz

  • Lydia McGrew says:

    If you change “escr” to “embryonic,” you find an article by Dave Andrusko from May of this year that contains the following:“For another thing, that extended campaign season has also allowed for a fuller-orbed portrait of pro-life Senator John McCain to develop. Granted, there have been some areas where there has been disagreement with the Arizona senator. For example, while he opposes cloning and the intentional creation of human embryos for research purposes, he has voted in favor of funding embryonic stem cell research. However, he has now said that he believes in adult stem cell research, and, in particular, skin stem cell research which may make embryonic stem cell research “academic.” And we have had our disagreements over what was labeled campaign finance “reform,” which a wide coalition of disparate groups, including NRLC, opposed on free speech grounds.But it is critical that we remember all the many areas of pro-life concern where Sen. McCain has been with us 100%. Our benighted opposition surely understands the differences between Obama and Clinton, on the one hand, and McCain, on the other hand. Just check out NARAL’s or Planned Parenthood’s web pages.”The “However, he has now said” sentence is unclear. What does it mean to “believe in” adult stem cell research, and how is this new? Did McCain not “believe in” adult stem cell research before? Did he actively oppose it? Would anyone have expected him to do so? Of course not. Also, of course, the “may make escr academic” line has hardly given pro-lifers much to hold on to, and less than ever in light of the very recent ad in favor of _all_ stem-cell research from the McCain camp, but by that time it was too late for NRLC to turn back even if they had thought of such a thing.I believe it may have been this spring, perhaps about the same time as the Andrusko article, when, as I recall it, I saw a comparison list between the candidates that did show McCain’s stance on ESCR. Apparently it isn’t available on-line, though, and I’m going by memory. As you found, the entire issue has disappeared in the more recent comparison chart.

  • JACK says:

    Zippy:I just wanted to leave a quick comment and say thank you for your efforts to explain your position on this subject. I haven’t read everything you have written, but you have written with more clarity and precision than most. I arrived at my decision not to vote for Obama or McCain with an instinct for the problems you allude to but not the analysis. I’m not sure if I am quite there yet to where you are, but it strikes me that you are asking the right questions, with greater precision than most. Simply, thanks. It’s clear that a lot is to be desired regarding the Bishops’ pastoring of the faithful in how to apply the Church’s teachings to this subject.

  • Hegel says:

    Is there a reason why all the good arguments subsequently posted by Zippy at JA.O have been mostly deleted there?I was looking forward to having some of my pals directed there for their own reading consumption. Now, they’re apparently gone.

  • Scott W. says:

    <>Is there a reason why all the good arguments subsequently posted by Zippy at JA.O have been mostly deleted there?<>Not just Zippy. It’s like everything after my post about the Hegelian Mambo just got cut off. Both pro and con. I guess I’ll bide my time before suggesting they are tunneling under my house.

  • zippy says:

    I wouldn’t read anything into it — it looks to me like there was a blog software problem or something, since all the comments (not just mine) after a certain point seem to be gone. It was a good discussion though, too bad if it has permanently disappeared into the ether.

  • William Luse says:

    What’s JA.O?

  • zippy says:

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  • SDG says:

    For the record, nothing of Zippy’s has been deleted at JA.o. TypePad changed the way comments are displayed. It was unrelated and no one at JA.o had any control over it. All of the comments are still there.

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