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May 31, 2008

•”So it will soon be legal in Britain to hybridize humans with other species, and grow humans from embryo for “scientific research” — however medically unnecessary…An emotional argument has thus been made, and accepted as perfectly legitimate, where “the end justifies the means.” But where an opponent of the evil means speaks “emotively” in defence of a moral absolute, he is dismissed as lowering the tone of the debate….The definition of what is human, that is extremely sharp in nature, was made legally vague. The sharp line in nature can only correspond to human conception. From that moment of conception, a woman is carrying a baby, not some inhuman “thing” that becomes “relatively more human” with the progression of time. Ignore that sharp line, and no other line can be drawn and held. David Warren- News from nowhere

•Irena Sendler, a Roman Catholic who created a network of rescuers in Poland who smuggled about 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw ghetto in World War II, some of them in coffins, died Monday in Warsaw. She was 98…”The term ‘hero’ irritates me greatly. The opposite is true. I continue to have pangs of conscience that I did so little.” Irena Sendler 1910-2008: “Righteous Among the Nations”

•Al Queda begins to fracture: “Fadl was one of the first members of Al Qaeda’s top council. Twenty years ago, he wrote two of the most important books in modern Islamist discourse; Al Qaeda used them to indoctrinate recruits and justify killing. Now Fadl was announcing a new book, rejecting Al Qaeda’s violence.” Lawrence Wright -The Rebellion Within The New Yorker

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