tvb wrote:Religion and science are always a part of the equation.
By excluding religion from the debate you affirm that you are an oppressor of religion.
Check your constitution. The religious have a say and are here to stay .
Someone needs to explain the first amendment to you.
Freedom of religion means that you are free to worship as you see fit. It does NOT mean that you are free to shove your religious beliefs onto others who aren't interested. By demanding that your religious beliefs be part of the equation, you are actually asking the government to violate the same amendment you are erroneously trying to uphold.
Your specific religious beliefs should have no role in the discussion, nor should mine.
Further, for those who think the rights of "potential babies" are being violated or worse, that some type of living being is being killed, please share some pictures of the blastocysts you've adopted into your family.
Perhaps someone should explain the first amendment to you. The first amendment says nothing about keeping your personal beliefs out of your words or actions. My religious beliefs shape my personality, my behavior and my ethics. The first amendment defends religion against government action, not the people or the government from religious beliefs. Any attempt by government or a person to prevent my religious beliefs in thought or personal action is a violation of my civil rights.
Your interpretation that anyone is "shoving" anything on you is no different than me believing that your blind faith in an unproven science is anything but someone else's faith being "shoved" onto me. Scientific belief without proof is called hypothesis. After proven, the hypothesis becomes theory. There are social implications to your beliefs as well as mine. Any presentation of those beliefs in legislation should be secular to respect all faiths or non-believers. Research should go forward but there must be a plan for avoiding or handling the unintended consequences of human engineering.
I respect your non-belief and you must respect my faith.