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SPEAKING OF LIFE.... 
 

     The President of the United States conferred with the Roman Catholic Pope on the issue of stem-cell research. Thatís pretty creepy to begin with. I was raised Catholic (but escaped) so I think Iím entitled to pipe in here a second. According to the Pope nobody is supposed to interfere with procreation in any way. No abortions, no queers, no condoms or pills are allowed, just make babies endlessly. Itís in the bible. The mandate is proclaimed by god himself, so thereís no argument to be had. Arenít there already enough people in the world? Havenít we consumed enough space on the planet yet? Other life forms are becoming extinct as we defile their habitats, humans are spreading like an unchecked plague across the globe. To what end? What happens to godís edict when every square inch of the earth is populated by humans, every resource squeezed dry, and nowhere but zoos and food factories for the other species to survive? How many humans is too much? I know that conglomerates and corporations want more and more consumers for their products, but at what point do we collectively agree that life other than our own deserve a patch of space to exist in? At what point do we know that birthing one more child to eat McDonalds and drink Coca-Cola is not the wisest choice? How are they going to reinterpret the holy words when weíre all shoulder to shoulder, crammed onto every plane of existence possible? Thatís why these church decrees are all useless, they were framed in a time when farming was all, everyone died pretty fast, and new ďChristian SoldiersĒ were needed to slaughter anyone not on their particular worship path. All those books and ideas are obsolete and itís time to hoist them on their collective petard.

 

 January 2002

 

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