—Posted by Grant (February 19, 2014 at 9:00 am)
Can pro-lifers learn something from vegetarians—perhaps a means of swaying public opinion?
According to the results of a recent NPR Intelligence Squared Debate, the answer seems to be a resounding yes.
In the two-on-two competition, Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, argued for the elimination of meat from global diets, stating, “When the animals are seen as commodities, and as edibles, they are not treated with respect. That is bad for the animals, and I would also suggest it is bad for us.”
After beginning with half of the audience against him, Gene and his co-debater managed to sway an additional fifth of the crowd to their side. If wantonly killing animals can change the minds of so many people so quickly, could it have the same impact coming from a pro-life speaker?
Imagine Gene standing in front of a group of American voters, testifying to a similar notion, but with slightly different words: “When children—born or unborn—are seen as commodities, and as annoyances, they are not treated with respect. That is bad for the children, and I would suggest it is bad for us.” (more…)