Led by conservative Christians, Republicans have adopted a new metaphor for misleading the American people - "the culture of life." They use it to characterize their stance on abortion. It sounds better than acknowledging their desire to prevent women from engaging in a medical procedure which is morally comparable to having a cyst removed. Say what? An abortion is a medical procedure that when performed during the first trimester involves removing a collection of cells from a womans uterus. At this stage in the pregnancy, the group of cells cannot even be called a fetus, much less a human being. To inspire their legions of mindless troops to action, they spin this into a noble crusade to protect the culture of life.
This "culture of life" is an updated version of "family values." It is an advertising slogan that will persuade legions of weak-minded Christians if it is not exposed for the political strategy that it is. As conservative Christians continue to work their "culture of life" metaphor into every political speech, op-ed column, and talk-show, remember that this is nothing more than a clever strategy that is motivated primarily by self-interest. Don't be fooled. Theirs is a culture of ignorance where religious dogma pushes science, critical thinking, and reason itself out of public discourse.