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Bush Declares Jan. 18 Sanctity of Human Life Day

This may be Barack Obama's big weekend leading up to the inauguration and all, but that hasn't stopped still-President Bush from declaring Saturday "National Sanctity of Human Life Day." In a nod to pro-life Republicans about to be exiled from power, Bush's proclamation states:

All human life is a gift from our creator that is sacred, unique and worthy of protection. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, our country recognizes that each person, including every person waiting to be born, has a special place and purpose in this world.

The official statement goes on to outline policies under Bush that have built a "culture of life," including abstinence and adoption promotion, parental notification, and stopping federal funding of abortions overseas.

Do you find it worrisome that a presidential proclamation refers to God, or do you think it's honorable that Bush is standing up for the dignity of unborn children?


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bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
amybdk amybdk 8 years
ha, indie! "Uh... thanks?" was precisely what I was thinking.
indielove indielove 8 years
"I will pray for you all." :rotfl: Uh...thanks?
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
A lot of hatefulness on here. What a shame. I will pray for you all. It is wonderful that he has done this. This is a day for everyone to celebrate the life they have been given.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
This thread is like a week old. I think it's freaking hilarious that it's still going. :rotfl:
indielove indielove 8 years
EM is speshul. ;)
em1282 em1282 8 years
indie, I do love that my name gets capitalized. EM! I like it. No, I really don't have time to create multiple MEs (or, as it were, EMs). Finding one pretty picture to showcase at a time in my avatar is enough work for me.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Hain, I think only the conservatives come in pairs. ;)
stephley stephley 8 years
Hey, GS has seen the light!
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Keriocity are you True Song, Stephly, EM or indie? I mean posters than come into here with similar ideas that are conservative must be related or be the same people. So since I have never seen you, you must be one of them...
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Yup, all of that is solely Bush's fault and no stinkin' baby should be saved until all of that is fixed.
CoMMember13627830035102 CoMMember13627830035102 8 years
I'm finding it hard to agree with his positing about the 'sanctity of life day' when bombs are dropping from air (with the requisite human collateral damage), people are being injured/maimed and dying in an improperly justified military action (military and 'enemy combatant'), citizens are being denied medical care, citizens are fairly/unfairly sitting on death row, others are sitting in prisons for third strike crimes for stealing food to feed their families, parts of Louisiana could still be construed as a third world country ... sorry I was ranting ... darfur, somalia, ...
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Thanks lil- I respect you too :cheers:
Fribble Fribble 8 years
It is absolutely worrisome that the proclamation refers to the Christian god (or, if you stretch it, any monotheistic Creator god); it worries me, as a pagan and a polytheist, that my existence is being pointedly ignored. That said, I think it is ridiculous, like so many of the new holidays he's set in place ('Patriot Day' is high on my list). It gives the impression that the government's position is officially 'pro life', when in reality the government's position is whatever we vote it to be.
stephley stephley 8 years
If you look at the first comments, most people did want the expanded discussion - eventually, the anti-abortion lobby hijacked the discussion.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
I'm not going to make a judgment about which topics are more important to discuss. I just think it's important to know when you and the person you're having a conversation with are discussing two different things.
stephley stephley 8 years
Just as you don’t find the premise valid on the race relations thread, I’ve got a big problem with this one. Which issue gets more attention in the media: the suffering of born innocents around the world or abortion? You know as well as I do that politicians on both sides of the aisle like keeping abortion front and center because it distracts people and keeps their emotions fired up. And notice, several other people have the same problem that I do with limiting the discussion. Maybe it's time to reframe the debate.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Steph, I agree with that. But some of the people on this thread had moved on to a discussion about abortion specifically. It just doesn't make sense to me that somebody who thinks the issue of abortion is unimportant would spend so much time trying to argue with somebody who disagrees.
stephley stephley 8 years
"And whether it's intentional or not, it seems a little bizarre to respond to an argument about abortion with an argument about something completely different." Sorry Mich, it was a post about abortion and celebrating a 'culture of life' - and there's nothing bizarre or completely different about responding to that by pointing out the hypocrisy of piously declaring all life is sacred while ignoring or supporting suffering and death that you could prevent or are in some way causing.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
People need to stop confusing leaders with their citizens. You wouldn't want people from other countries to conflate the value of your life with their opinion of Obama, would you?
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"I think the lives of Iraqis are pretty sacred as well." That's true. We are over there protecting them while they get their goverment together, and become able to take care of themselves. "This is just disgusting! He's protecting all of those little white embryos while Iraqi children are dying all the time. WAR IS NOT PRO LIFE!" Right. Saddam Hussein was doing his best to keep his countrymen safe. Don't look in those mass graves though.
hope2be hope2be 8 years
I think it's great to promote 'culture of life,' instead of running to abortion, consider options like adoption, prevention/birth control/abstinence/safe(r) sex, etc. But, I also like to have 'choice,' just the way I want 'the right to bear arm' preserved. The 'God' part, I don't really get offended by it. I'm just that way, and I'm by no mean religious.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 8 years
to answer citizen's question, yes and yes. bush's war victims aside, abortions are happening like crazy all over the world and people do need to be reminded that it is a very serious thing, not just a choice that every woman has the right to unconditionally. i dont think a woman can fully comprehend its gravity before going through it or becoming a mother. just my opinion. but why do some christians always make everything about god? for them, can nothing be wrong or right unless it can be related to something god said in the bible? why not a pro life day that does not exclude non religious pro lifers like me, please? thanks!
lildorothyparker lildorothyparker 8 years
Not comparing you to him Hain, I have more respect for you than that. Just noticing a similarity in opinions.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
I was just letting Laurel know. And whether it's intentional or not, it seems a little bizarre to respond to an argument about abortion with an argument about something completely different.
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