Many people think that a human being is created at the time of conception but this belief is not supported by the bible. The fact that a living sperm penetrates a living ovum resulting in the formation of a living fetus does not mean that the fetus is a living human being. According to the bible, a fetus is not a living person with a soul until after drawing its first breath.
After God formed man in Genesis 2 , He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and it was then that the man became a living being. Although the man was fully formed by God in all respects, he was not a living being until after taking his first breath.
In Job 33:4, it states: The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
Again, to quote Ezekiel 37:5&6, Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.
In Exodus 21:22 it states that if a man causes a woman to have a miscarriage, he shall be fined; however, if the woman dies then he will be put to death. It should be apparent from this that the aborted fetus is not considered a living human being since the resulting punishment for the abortion is nothing more than a fine; it is not classified by the bible as a capital offense.
According to the bible, destroying a living fetus does not equate to killing a living human being even though the fetus has the potential of becoming a human being. One can not kill something that has not been born and taken a breath. This means that a stillborn would not be considered a human being either. Of course, every living sperm has the potential of becoming a human being although not one in a million will make it; the rest are aborted.
I think its always good to use their own book to prove your point.
By Stephen Stills
October 29, 2012 12:35 PM E
Let's take a look at recent history. When was Black Friday? When did the Dow drop 800 points? When was the big heist when all the bank stimulus money was given out with no accountability?
Watching Mitt Romney and the Republicans campaigning right now, you'd never know all these things happened during the Bush administration. They speak as if the economy collapsed the day Obama was sworn into office.
Right now, the Dow is at 13,000. It was below 8,000 when the president took office. Job growth is rising. Unemployment is dropping. We desperately need to stay the course with this president.
At the second debate, somebody asked how Bush and Romney differ. I'll give you the answer: Romney's taller, Mormon and a little smarter and meaner. That's about it. I couldn't believe how he acted at that debate. He's a churlish little prick. At least Bush was affable. I don't care if it's a debate and you're running for office. It's not right to be that rude to the President of the United States, let alone anybody else. Also, you don't get offended when you get corrected. Unlike President Obama, Mitt Romney has been inside the bubble all his life. He has no idea what's going on here. He has no idea how descructive Bush's eight years were to this country.
18 Ways Mitt Romney Is Just Like George W. Bush
After running for years as a hard-right conservative, Romney is sprinting to the center in the final days of the campaign. This shouldn't surprise anyone. He cast himself as a moderate back when he became Governor of Massachusetts. He'll be whatever he thinks he has to be in order to win. He is just raw ambition with no real ideology. Great, he's got ambition. I have the ambition to play quarterback for the New York Jets. It's not gonna happen.
Many people don't understand the obstacles the Republican party has put in the way of President Obama. From day one, they've refused to let him govern. What is the value of the perpetual filibuster? You don't get anything done at all. Mitt's been calling for that since the first day. So we have watered down versions of everything Obama asked for. But the second term will get better. Even Bill Clinton, in the face of all that Ken Starr nonsense, managed to get a lot done in his second term.
I feel like I'm watching a long, drawn-out version of Blazing Saddles all of the characters are there. At last, Obama found the Waco Kid. That's Bill Clinton. Karl Rove is Hedley Lamarr, and the Republican caucus is the guys from the fire scene. They're all in there. I swear.
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With less than a week left before the election, the Romney campaign is still trying to have its "pro-life" abortion cake and eat it moderately, all because no one trusts Mitt Romney on reproductive rights. That's why you're not allowed to take any statements on abortion made by the campaign as, you know, a statement on abortion made by the campaign. And that includes anything said by the candidate himself.
The latest is the wink wink to Jewish Republicans from former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, one of the "Republican luminaries who will be in attendance at the big Romney rally on Friday" that "save for the absence of actor Clint Eastwood, is shaping up as the sequel to the Republican National Convention."
So yes, the Romney campaign believes Coleman is a valuable asset to its attempt "to inject new energy into their Ohio campaign and to launch the Republican ticket on its final, frenetic three days of barnstorming before Election Day." But that doesn't mean Coleman speaks for the campaignespecially when Coleman assures Jewish voters "who are worried about the influence of religious conservatives on the Republican Party" that Roe v. Wade isn't really at risk under Romney. Translation: Romney isn't really the fire-breathing "severely conservative" nutjob he's pretending he is, and for those of you who worry that a Romney presidency would usher in the official reign of the American Talibannah, it's cool, he's not really like that.
Yes, well, that's a little off script, so Romney campaign surrogate Coleman has now clarified:
In an interview on Tuesday, Coleman told The Associated Press he had been speaking on his own behalf, and not for Romney.
He said he meant that the decision is longstanding precedent, and that Republicans would fight over issues like parental notification and partial birth abortion rather than Roe v Wade itself.
It goes on in the link.
Name Storms After Oil Companies (The Ones Most Responsible for Climate Change)
by Bill McKibben
As gutsy New Yorkers begin the task of drying out the city, heres one thought that occurred to me last night watching the horrifying pictures from a distance. Its obviously not crucial right now but in the long run it might make a difference. Why dont we stop naming these storms for people, and start naming them after oil companies?
The fossil fuel companies have played the biggest role in making sure we dont slow global warming down. Theyve funded climate denial propagandists and helped pack Congress with anti-environmental extremists, making sure that common sense steps to move toward renewable energy never happen. So maybe its only right that we should honor their efforts by naming storms for them from now on. At the very least its fun to imagine the newscasters: Exxon is coming ashore across New Jersey, leaving havoc in her wake. Chevron forces evacuation of 375,000.
At 350.org, the climate change campaign that I helped found, were sending out an appeal to our worldwide mailing list today. It asks two things: that people send money to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts along the Atlantic seaboard, and that they send a message to the oil companies asking them to stop funding election campaigns and use the money for recovery efforts instead.
That would help clear the air in DC, and it would also help New York: Chevron, for instance, donated $2.5 million to a GOP Super-PAC last week, the largest single corporate donation since the Supreme Court cleared the way for such influence-buying. In the face of this tragedy, it would be the very least they could do, a tiny start toward repairing the damage theyve caused.
For a decade, anyone named Sandy is going to have to endure hurricane jokes. Seems much fairer to pin the blame where it belongs.
Bill Clinton: I was actually listening closely to what the candidates said in these debates. In the first debate, the triumph of the moderate Mitt Romney. You remember what he did? He ridiculed the President. Ridiculed the President for his efforts to fight global warming in economically beneficial ways. He said Oh, youre going to turn back the seas. In my part of America, we would like it if someone couldve done that yesterday. All up and down the East Coast, there are mayors, many of them Republicans, who are being told, Youve got to move these houses back away from the ocean. Youve got to lift them up.
Climate change is going to raise the water levels on a permanent basis. If you want your town insured, you have to do this. In the real world, Barack Obamas policies work better. (Bill Clinton, Remarks, Minneapolis, MN, 10/30/12)
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Hours after Superstorm Sandy howled its way through the East Coast this week, unleashing a fatal trail of destruction, global reactions included outpouring of sympathy and support.
But not in Syria, where pro-government supporters welcomed the superstorm when it hit Monday, claiming the natural disaster is the result of high-tech secret engineering.
"Sources confirmed to us that Hurricane Sandy that is slamming the U.S. was set off by highly advanced technologies developed by the heroic Iranian regime that supports the resistance, with coordination of our resistive Syrian regime," pro-government group News Network of the Syrian Armed Forces said in a Facebook posting.
"This is the punishment for whoever dares to attack Syria's (Bashar) al-Assad and threaten peace and stability."
Despite the self-applause, some were not buying it.
House Republicans will be holding a hearing on this this week headed by their top scientists.
WASHINGTON Unemployment rates fell in nearly all large U.S. cities in September from August, a sign that recent jobs gains have been widespread.
The Labor Department says rates declined in 355 of the 372 metro areas, the most since April. The report also shows that nearly half of cities now have unemployment rates below 7 percent.
Will Sandy boost hiring?
If your reference says this, you'll get a job
Labor Department: No delay for employment report
And the number of areas with unemployment rates above 10 percent dropped to 35. That's down from 84 a year ago.
Rates rose in only 11 cities and were unchanged in six.
Nationwide, the unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent in September. It was the first time the rate has fallen below 8 percent since January 2009 President Barack Obama's first month in office.
Unlike the national numbers, the metro rates aren't adjusted for seasonal patterns. Much of the decline likely reflects school-related employees, such as bus drivers and cafeteria workers, who returned to work.
The report on local unemployment rates comes a week before the presidential election. Many hard-hit cities in key swing states have seen their rates drop in the past year, although some still have rates well above the national level
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