Wow. I don’t get paid for what I do. Not monetarily anyway. But there are MANY MANY things I certainly would NOT consider to be above my pay grade. I *know* my baby has human rights even before he/she is born.

That argument about fetuses being just blobs/groups of cells? Sorry, not buying. People abort BABIES. They don’t abort TISSUES. If babies were merely tissue, you could just leave them alone and they would NOT turn into babies. That’s just an excuse promoters of contraception and abortion use, but it does NOT. MAKE. SENSE. But I digress…. let’s go back to my pay grade.

Isn’t it fascinating how some issues we moms (especially Catholic homeschooling moms like me) would never consider to be above our pay grade? Soooo glad I’m not a politician.

Still waiting on news re McCain and his VP choice. I hope and pray he makes the right one.

ETA: Thought this would make interesting discussion at lunch, so I bring it up to the kids. Their answers to the question, “At what point does a baby get human rights?”:

The 9-yo: “At 4 o’clock.” (That’s when they’re allowed to play music other than classical around here. It’s also the time they’re allowed to watch Cyberchase.)
The 12-yo: “At conception”, although based on recent happenings around here, I was anticipating him saying “When they’re allowed to get an iPod.”
The 6-yo: “In heaven?”
Me: “But those aren’t humans, Yen.”
The 17-yo: Yes, they are, mom. Man-in-heaven is eschatological man. (LOL.) Her actual answer, of course, is “at conception.”

Just FYI, starting at around age 7, they get a monthly allowance = their age. So the 12-yo gets $12/month, etc. Glad to see there weren’t any thoughts about pay grade, etc. to answer this question.

Some silly people were defending Obama’s answer, interpreting it to mean as “Only God knows the answer to that.” Riiiight. If you’re going to be in a position where you’ll be making decisions regarding human rights, you BETTER have a definite answer to that question. Taylor Mali’s “Totally like whatever” might have made more sense had he used that instead of “Above my pay grade.”

To quote,

I have nothing personally invested in my own opinions, okay?
I’m just inviting you to join me in my uncertainty?

What has happened to our conviction?
Where are the limbs out on which we once walked?

Where indeed.