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25 October 2006
  Pro-life Parkinson's Pastor
Lutheran Minister with the Disease Opposes Amendment 2

As noted in a previous post with the video clip against the cloning initiative, we face a daunting task in saying "NO" to any political initiative — especially one so cunningly crafted as Missouri Amendment Two. When Michael J. Fox begs for sympathy votes, because of his Parkinson's disease, the pro-life (but anti-2) crowd can look like a bunch of heartless ogres who just don't understand the needs of those suffering from the afflictions this initiative purports to be able to address. The same happens when Nancy Reagan talks about Ronald's Alzheimer's, Christopher Reeve's widow brings up spinal cord injuries, Cheryl Crow mentions cancer, or Senator John Danforth talks about his brother's ALS. Using the vernacular, healthy pro-lifers "ain't got a dog in that fight."

With these in mind, I commend to your reading a letter from a retired pastor of The Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod. He lives in the state and has much more than a spectator's interest. While confessing his own spiritual weaknesses and the allure that Two provides, he also says, "I'm voting no on Amendment 2. Isn't everyone? We even have the sign in our yard." Read the entire letter about having A Dog in the Fight courtesy of Ask the Pastor.

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