Monday, March 09, 2009

Asymmetrical Thinking

Okay, so the title is a little bit bogus because this is not really about thinking at all. But to the extent that it is about thinking, it certainly is about being asymmetrical.

We are aghast, appalled and horrified that Pakistan is allowing Sharia Law to be established in one of its provinces in the northwest part of its nation. Sharia Law is a set of laws based on Islamic fundamentalism, and we cannot grasp or understand how a nation can allow having laws based on religious fundamentalism. The concept horrifies us.

But we need to have a law, the Republicans maintain, that prevents stem cell research. When a sperm cell penetrates an egg cell something sacred and holy has happened and the destruction of that sacred and holy thing is a great sin. We need laws to prevent the perpetration of that great sin.

My bullshit-o-meter just pegged.

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