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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Abortion-Worth Fighting About

The McCain-Palin camp is taking a break from recklessly claiming that their opponent is an unpatriotic terrorist and inciting mobs to scream out "kill him," and turning back to an issue:
"A vote for Barack Obama is a vote for activist courts that will continue to smother the open and democratic debate that we deserve and that we need on this issue of life," she said.
Full story I've written about this a lot, but it is because I think it is important. Right wing operatives morphed the abortion issue that was a part of restrictions on birth control into an issue about the beginning of human life. Unfortunately, the left wing response to this perversion--the idea that terminating a pregnancy is murder--is to keep on the line about self-determination and choice.

That is not enough. We have to address straight on the claim that life begins at conception. If life begins at conception, it changes the issue. But, life does not begin at conception. A fetus is not a baby. If you think it is, then it is not an issue of choice.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Justice

I attended a dinner put on by the Arizona Black Bar last night. It is always strikes me how close we are to overt, your-kind-are-not-welcome-here racism. Of course, while being shocked at how far we've come is such a short time, we cannot ignore persistent disparity. Consider the following:
63 percent of black applicants to law schools are rejected by every institution to which they apply, leaving them substantially more likely to “never make it in the front door” than white applicants, who score higher on average on the LSAT and have a 35-percent rejection rate. He cited statistics from the American Bar Association showing a recent decline in the black share of the enrollment of the nation’s law schools, from 7.6 percent in the 1995-96 academic year to 6.8 percent in 2006-7.
So, one in three white applicants, but two in three black applicants, cannot get into any law school. full article

This statistic came up a couple of times last night, as did the impact of the stressing the LSAT. More on this later.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

A New Ministry

I've invited a group of folks from Chalice Christian Church to meet in our building the day after the election to discuss ways in which Chalice can be a voice for justice in the world. We're going to start slow and chew on what we think we can do. As we say in church, what we're called to do. We are starting the day after the election because justice is necessarily a political issue, but it does not necessarily have anything to do with elections. Whoever is elected in November, Christians are called--IMHO--to work to influence those leaders to do what it right.

Anyway, I'm excited about it. And, if you're reading this, you're invited to attend: Nov. 5 at 7:00 p.m., Chalice Christian Church, 15303 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, AZ

Monday, October 06, 2008

Adultery

I'm reading the novel, A Secret of the Universe by Stephen Gibson. Adultery, and the ancient definition of the same, came up in the chapter I just finished. Then, during Sunday school yesterday, we went over the Ten Commandments. So, anyway, I was interested in exactly what this means:
You shall not commit adultery. Exodus 20:14.
According to Gibson's character in the book, adultery is a property crime.

As a lawyer, I know the first thing to do is see if the code defines its terms. This is from Deuteronomy:
If a man is found sleeping with another man's wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die. Deut. 22:22.
Wikipedia says that this defines adultery as when a married woman has sex with someone other than her husband, and that she and the man with whom she has sex are guilty. Although, a married man sleeping with an unmarried woman is not guilty of adultery. I'm not sure.

Also, here's what Jesus says,
You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matt. 5:27-28.
Jesus didn't say if you look lustfully at a married woman.

I told the kids (5-12 years old) adultery was when married people break the promise they made to each other when they got married. One of the kids asked about divorce, and I told him that adultery wasn't about divorce. I said adultery was when they broke the promise while they were still married. I think that's the main point.

Thoughts?