Please pardon this shameless plug for the official grandmother of this blog, Frederica Mathewes-Green of Beliefnet, NPR and lots of other places. The Dallas Morning News just ran a very interesting Q&A with her -- gentle and blunt at the same time -- linked to the content of her recent lectures in an Episcopal church in Dallas. The title of the lectures was a flag-waver if I have seen one: "Sex and the City: Men, Women and the Future of Civilization." Here is a sample from the interview:
Question: Why is it important for you to speak out about social issues such as abortion, and feminism?
Answer: Abortion has always been the most important issue to me because of the numbers of the deaths. An issue that causes people to die is more important than one that causes them to live in poverty.
If soldiers are killed in a war, that's a tragedy. But if it's little children dying, that's more urgent. The numbers now are about 40 million since Roe vs. Wade. And I think all other sexual issues are connected.