I "might" be more supportive of the “shrub’s” reasons for vetoing the stem cell research bill if I thought his respect for life went past the embryo stage. If you support life, you take care for life, all life, from beginning to end.
Just for the record, I'd like to say this. I believe being a human being is a becoming. A baby is a potential. I've known dogs and cats that were more fully human than some people I've read about. If we're we working at it, if we're caring, compassionate, loving, nurturing, all the good things we associate with the best of the human beings we've known then we become more and more "human" as we move through life. On the other hand, there's some walking around on two legs that are about as far from what I'd consider human as you can get. But, since I can't see into their hearts and I don't claim to be God/dess, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. I just hope they give me the same consideration when and if the time comes.
I sent my sister a copy of my “We kindle this flame” entry after I posted it. http://journals.aol.com/thesheatons/TheCottageBytheHedge/entries/1010 She asked what I’d been reading and I named a few books and authors. She told me it sounded interesting but some of it seemed awfully close to “nature worship.” That pretty much ended the conversation. I don’t know of anyone who worships nature. Many faiths do see the creator in everything around us. If you truly see the hand of creation in everything and everyone around you, you don’t do the following.
You don’t tell parents “you had ‘em, you take care of ‘em.” You don’t starve the schools. You make sure every child starts the day with enough food to learn. You don’t put seniors or anyone else in the position of choosing between medicine or food and rent. You do as much as you can to ensure that parents don’t have to work three or four jobs to barely support their families.
You don’t lie to start a war, fumble around for reasons, claim we’re handing out democracy like it’s after school candy, and then take the position that “you can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs” when the civilian casualties go through the roof.
You don’t treat the environment like a commodity. You don’t shop around until you find scientists that will dress up what you’re going to do anyway with a micro thin veneer of credibility. You don’t gut the planet and leave the mess for your great, great, great grandchildren to clean up.
I could go on and on, but I think I've painted enough of the picture to put it in a frame.