On Mar 28, 2005, at 7:24 PM, Mike Foster wrote:
> In my experience, Lizzie is correct, and no matter how "polite and
> scholarly" the discussion of abortion is at the start, the argument
> can swiftly deteriorate into a quarrel.
I have absolutely no doubt that that is true in _your_ experience.
Nonetheless, the discussion in question is not "of abortion", but of
comparative abortion _rates_ and how that might have affected Lewis's
perception of its suitability or importance as a topic of discussion of
Christian morals and Screwtapian influences.
If people want to turn that into a quarrel -- as manifestly some on
this list do -- I can't help that. But I'm not going to let that stop
me from attempting to either validate, refute, support, or cast doubt
on matters as they arise in connection with discussion of Our Three
Authors. _I_ can stick to the point, even if others can't. And I am
_not_ going to have my legitimate and topical inquiry silenced by those
who can't. Unless, of course, the list moderator requires me to do so
(since that is her right even if I think it unjustified).