I have got to say that orignal article was superb reading.
On a slightly different tangent.
The closest I have ever come to being religous was started when I used to play "Populous". The whole Populous idea turned into a new and even more believable idea (for conspiricy believers), what if Populous is right.
My theory is very simple, the amount of power a god has is directly related to the amount of believers they have (you have already guessed the mana relationship havent you).
Now, if we take a step back, it seems totally obvious that "God" has got the upper hand over the "Devil", and yet bad, nasty things happen every day around the world.
If we then take another look at the theory, it becomes evident that we are being conned by "God" who is pretending to be good but infact is not, and is causing all of the problems in this world.
The thory ends up that we should start believing in the "Devil" as the good entity, and hating "God". If my theory is wrong nothing bad can come of it, as the whole theory is based around being conned by the enemy into supporting their cause. If my theory is correct the world should start to become a better place as the Evil "God" starts loosing power to the Good "Devil" who has more power to stop the Evil things that "God is doing.
I will also point out that I dont really belive the above, it would be nice to believe, but I still thing that all religions are dangerous for the future of humanity.
Once upon a time, long long ago, someone scared the stinker out of someone else by telling them a "Ghost story", the person believed it (because they were stupid, and didnt understand anything else), but that stupid person was also BAD, they stopped being bad because they were scared of vengance, and retribution, the ball continued to roll.
Education, knowlege, law, and science are the way forward, not some crap written many many moons ago, that has served its purpose and should now be buried.
As a point of my argument that religion is outdated and un-neccesary, who still believes in "Father Christmas".??? Who believes in "Faries", and "Dragons" and the "Earth is Flat". These people do. http://www.alaska.net/~clund/e_djublonskop...arthsociety.htm
There are many more people that believe the earth is round rather than flat, I imaging the case is the same for how the universe was created, the "Big Bang" has a believable degree of science behind it, rather than "Genesis", which doesnt.
Therefore "Souls", "God", "Devil" "Father Christmas", "Faries" etc etc, must prove the fact they exist for me to believe in and religion.
I am a man of science, knowlege, education, and reason, and not a man of "God". I rest my case.
RE: The original post, most "Pro-Life" persons seem to be relying on science more than religion, which is very twisted indeed. I will believe the scientists when they say that at *** days/weeks old, that embryo is classified "Conscious" and as such we are killing a very very young human. However to put that argument into perspective, we are still talking about a non-life. That embryo, whether it's "Human" or not is totally useless except for one purpose, and thats to grow, and be born. If the parent of that embryo, cant/wont look after that child properly once its born, then surely its better not to have years of pain missery and suffering (not just for the child), and have an abortion even if it later than *** date.!?!?
Food for thought (not embryo's, "Dragons", theres good eating on every one (if you can find one)).