Opportunity lost to bridge faith and logical thought at “Compassion Forum”

CNN and most other news agencies covered Sunday’s Compassion Forum hosted by Messiah College. It was billed as a bipartisan (although Republican nominee John McCain didn’t attend) forum for candidates to discuss “moral issues that bridge ideological divides within our nation.”

The “big” moments of the forum came when Democratic candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were separately asked whether they believe life begins at conception. I screamed at the television for hours.

THE ISSUE IS NOT AND HAS NEVER BEEN WHETHER LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION. THE ISSUE IS WHEN WE SHOULD TREAT THE LIVING THING THAT IS FORMED AT CONCEPTION AS A HUMAN.

Entering into a debate about whether life begins at conception reveals a horrendous ignorance of very basic science. It is no different from arguing that the earth is flat. Life is a scientific term. It is not a matter of debate, opinion, or faith. The sperm and egg are both alive prior to conception and the embryo created by their merging is also alive.

Yet, for some reason neither candidate addressed this glaring error, nor did the moderator or any other member of the media. For future reference, if you’re pretending to have a serious debate [Messiah College] I strongly suggest (at the very least) knowing enough to ask the right questions.

Life exists at conception, when this life should be treated as human is the issue.

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