Religious Lenses

When a Catholic sees a 1 cm (0.39 in) long fetus, he does not see a creature almost identical to a tadpole. He sees an embodied soul with a complex inner life. There is no evidence for this. It is just projection based on religious belief. When he sees a blastula through a microscope, he does not see a creature indistinguishable from plankton. He imagines an embodied soul with a complex inner life. When he sees an unfertilised egg, he does not see a body cell like any other, e.g. a liver cell or a sperm cell or blood cell. He goes all gooey and imagines he is looking at a newborn baby. He even insists on calling it a baby. These games of the imagination drive people to extreme evil, killing and imprisoning mothers.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)