Michael Blanding does a great job compiling marching orders for people interested in pursuing a culture of life.
AlterNet: The Culture of Life Top Ten: “At minimum, a true ‘culture of life’ would support the following ten positions:
1. Withdraw the Troops
More than 1,500 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq, along with tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians (some estimates are as high as 100,000.) Meanwhile, we’re hunkering down building long-term military bases and sending more troops. How many more soldiers have to die before we set a timetable for bringing them home?
2. Stop the Death Penalty
Fifty-nine prisoners were executed last year, 23 of them in Texas alone. Yet study after study has shown the death penalty to be unequally applied by race, and hundreds of inmates have been found innocent at the eleventh hour. If we are all created in God’s image, then it is up to God, not us, to deal the ultimate in punishment.
3. Pass Effective Gun Control Laws
More than 80 Americans are killed by firearms each day. Yet Congress has made it easier for criminals to get their hands on weapons — most recently with the repeal of the assault weapons ban — instead of following the lead of states like Massachusetts and New York, which have passed tougher laws and decreased handgun deaths.
4. Fund Social Services . . .”