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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Pulling no punches

I've just discovered Frederica Mathewes-Green, former Episcopalian now Orthodox, former pro-choice now pro-life, author and speaker. This quotation is from "Personhood of the Unborn", broadcast on NPR's All Things Considered January 21, 1998.
When we question whether someone is a person, it is because we want to kill him. We do this with our enemies in wartime, or with anyone we would like to enslave or exploit. Before we can feel comfortable treating others this way, we have to expel them from the human community.

2 comments:

Kansas Bob said...

Not sure that I agree with this:

Before we can feel comfortable treating others this way, we have to expel them from the human community.

Sometimes people need to be human before you can hate them enough to kill them or treat them badly.

carrie said...

I've enjoyed Frederica since being introduced to her writings several years ago. I've read several of her books and enjoy her movie reviews. One of my favorite books by her is The Illuminated Heart.

 

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