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WHERE’S THE AGREEMENT HERE?

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Let's see if I have this straight. President Clinton goes to visit the pope, and he says they "made progress on finding common ground" of agreement. They both believe in "the central role of the family," or something like that.

But the pope is unalterably opposed to abortion, believing it is akin to murder. And Bill believes we should make abortion safe and legal around the world. No agreement here, it seems.And of course the pope regards homosexuality as a sin. And Bill? Well, since the Gay and Lesbian Alliance contributed so generously to his election, they surely deserve a place in the military and special treatment in society - like same-gender marriages, gays being able to adopt children, etc. Not much agreement here, either.

Maybe the thing Bill and the pope need to do before deciding if they agree on things is to agree on their definitions. Surely the pope thinks of "family" as father, mother and children. The liberals in America - including Bill - promote a somewhat broader definition, namely, anybody who shares the same living quarters.

Rondo N. Jeffery

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