Another “interesting” conversation

Last time I mentioned a conversation, it was with someone who did not believe this world is real. That was an interesting conversation, I must say, but the other day I received an e-mail from some guy who was obviously not interested in any kind of intelligent discussion. He took issue with my essay on stem cells.

Clueless bloke: Your belief that a human being must be killed to obtain stem cells is incorrect. The embryo from which stem cells are extracted is not implanted and growing in a woman’s uterus. It is not a fetus. It has no recognizable human features or form. It is, rather, a blastocyst, a cluster of 180 to 200 cells, growing in a petri dish. Such blastocysts are either cloned in the lab or created in fertility clinics.

Me: Go find a biology textbook and see when life begins. The embryo is obviously a living organism. It meets all definitions of life. If it is not a human being, then what kind of a being is it?

Clueless bloke: I’m afraid your belief is driven by a religious conviction. Certainly the embryo is life [sic], but left in a petri dish it will never become a sentient human being. Yours is a very narrow interpretation. If the bible [sic] is the source of your authority, then you should be aware that according to Old Testament Hebrew belief a baby became a person after it had drawn it’s [sic] first breath.

Me: I’m sorry, did I mention the Bible?

Clueless bloke: You didn’t need to. Yours is a website espousing Christian fundamentalist ideas.

This is where I stopped replying. What is it with these people that prevents them from having rational conversations? It is as if they do not want to address what is actually being said. I see this all the time, and I’m wondering if the brain cells are being killed by liberalism, atheism, the ideology of the democratic party or what.

Hollywood likes to pick on people in the Bible-belt and paint them as morons. I’ll accept that there are some nutcases in the Christian ranks, but it has been my experience that there are just as many or more leftists out there who are as deep as cookie sheets.

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7 Responses to “Another “interesting” conversation”

  1. Kansas Bob says:

    Unfortunately high profile Christians give atheists plenty of fodder.. pedophiles posing as RC priests.. greedy televangelists.. cloaked homosexulas in evangelical leadership.. dogmatic young earthists.. and the beat goes on.. and we have to deal with the aftermath of it.

    I think that the church ceded our prophetic role in society when we joined the Republican party. It is sad that we in the church are really no different than the rest of our culture when it comes to morality issues like divorce percentages. I guess that is why many have a disdain for us.. we talk a good talk but often fail to deliver.. of course then there are those plain old dogmatic liberals that you talked about.

    I guess our job is just to show them a bit of kindness as we go.. living out the sermon on the mount whenever we get a chance :)

  2. childlife says:

    “Deep as cookie sheets” : D I’m filing that one away!

  3. casey says:

    @childlife
    Glad you liked that one. :) I thought it was hilarious when I first heard it, too.

  4. Mulled Vine says:

    I liked the “deep as cookie sheets” line too. LOL

  5. Carol says:

    I think you did the right thing in bowing out early. It does no good to get in debate with someone who’s eyes are closed.

    p.s. I use “deep as a sidewalk puddle”. :)

    God bless.

  6. casey says:

    Thanks for the words of encouragement, Carol. :)

  7. Rick Rouse says:

    Most non-Christians tend to reject as automatically flawed any opinions based upon the Bible or Biblical principles, yet they readily espouse opinions that are much farther out the mainstream than anything supported by the Bible. These folks tend to be a bit closed-minded, and I have yet to find an effective way of engaging them in a productive conversation.