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polemics, anyone?

By Diogenes (articles - email) | Sep 21, 2005

America magazine wants to build up a culture of life. Nuanced, naturally.

And let's not be "polemical" about it, the America editorial exhorts us. Other people (you know, those unsubtle pro-lifers) might resort to "sloganeering and sound bites," but not Jesuit magazine editors.

To be fair, America does mention abortion-- once, in a quote. embryonic-tissue research, euthanasia, homosexuality, and contraception are not mentioned. Too polemical, probably. But would you care which issue does get front-and-center treatment?


"An ethic of life for today also calls for poetry," the editors tell us. And they have an example: Dead Man Walking, the film about Sister Helen Prejean's campaign against the death penalty.

Richard Cross holds a doctorate in psychology, who has taught at the university level, including at Franciscan University. He is currently an educational researcher and consultant in the field of psychology and related disciplines.
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