1. For whatever reason, I've noticed quite a few flyers around my school regarding the HHS mandate and the alleged attack on "reproductive rights" and "women's health." Needless to say, some of the flyers weren't too tolerant about the other side of the "argument." In fact, I would even venture to say that some were outright offensive propaganda that tend to ignore a few important issues. It think Patrick Mahoney's status this Tuesday sums up the hypocrisy rather nicely:
Do you want to know the real "War on Women?" How about President Obama's Secret Service team paying women for sex? Maybe some of them the victims of sex-trafficking. How about a DNC and Obama Advisor saying women who stay home to raise their children never working a "day in their lives?" How about President Obama cutting $19,000,000 to a program that helped the victims of sex-trafficking? In light of this, I wonder who really cares about women?2. I listened to a talk on the stem cell debate this week. For the first time, in a long time, the speaker did not spend the entire talk ranting about how the conservatives/religious/Republicans/etc ruined potential scientific discoveries. Unlike much of what is going on in politics (and in academia), it was a pretty fair talk that weighed the issue in an informative manner without any of the name-calling and anti-conservative remarks I've grown used to over the years. Also, there was a great level of honesty in his talk...and I truly appreciated it. I am really glad that I did not end up skipping the talk...I was seriously considering it considering my previous experiences with invited speakers talking about controversial topics...
3. I appreciated the talk so much, I ended up looking up some of the work by this speaker. WOW. Not only have they been able to make impressive contributions to science and medicine...but THEY'RE A FELLOW CSG!!! Impressed with this news and the fact that this individual also spoke out against the HHS mandate, I was compelled to email this speaker and tell them a little about my own experiences as a pro-life Catholic scienge geek in an increasingly pro-abortion and pro-embryonic stem cell research world. I also added at the end of the email that I would love to talk with them if they ever had the time. I really never expect people to EVER have the time to talk with me...but decided to go out on a limb and try my luck anyway.
4. I checked my email...and got the following reply:
". . . .Your experience with the dominant academic culture mirrors mine. I would be delighted to meet with a kindred spirit. . . ."THERE IS HOPE FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME!!! If this person was able to make it big in science/medicine while still remaining true to the Catholic faith...then there is hope for me! These two sentences will certainly make any future attacks on my faith and prolife views a lot more bearable in the days to come. With that said, even if there's neon pink flyers up in every corner of Columbia insulting my religious/prolife views....it is possible to rise up against this negativity and pursue both science and religion...without having to choose between the two. ALSO, I get to talk with them! Huzzah!
5. After this bit of inspiration, I came across one of the best images ever via The Catholic Church Facebook page:
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