Stein: Didn’t you people learn in your science class that a living organism can only arise from other living organisms similar to itself?
Obama: Maybe it’s when the cell divides.
Stein: But how does a cell divide if it isn’t alive?
Obama: There is something extraordinarily powerful about potential life.
Clinton: The Methodist Book of Discipline has a contradiction about it.
Stein: And so do you. But you haven’t answered the question. How does life come from nonlife?
Obama: It’s soul-stirring.
Clinton: It’s challenging.
Stein: But you haven’t answered the questions! You never answer the questions! Why don’t you just answer the questions?!
Better yet, why didn’t Brown and Meacham ask? And why didn’t any of the “distinguished, bipartisan audience of faith leaders from around the country” ask when they were given the floor?
And why didn’t somebody ask Clinton and Obama how they can wholeheartedly support abortion, including partial birth abortion, if they don’t know when life begins? Where is the morality in that? And where’s the compassion in jamming scissors into a baby’s neck?
Brown did ask “end of life” questions of both candidates. Apparently, it didn’t occur to either of them, or the hosts or audience, that abortion is an end of life question that Obama and Clinton had already answered.
For further reflection on the fallacy of “potential life,” see the author’s essay.