Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Former Slave Advocate Mississippi Proposes Major Civil Rights Advance (Mississippi Personhood Amendment)

History is an amazing thing

From 1861 and the Secession Convention of Mississippi

In the momentous step which our State has taken of dissolving its connection with the government of which we so long formed a part, it is but just that we should declare the prominent reasons which have induced our course.
Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery-- the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun. These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization. That blow has been long aimed at the institution, and was at the point of reaching its consummation. There was no choice left us but submission to the mandates of abolition, or a dissolution of the Union, whose principles had been subverted to work out our ruin. ......

It advocates negro equality, socially and politically, and promotes insurrection and incendiarism in our midst........

Fast Forward some 150 years to a proposed Amendment

SECTION 1.Article III of the constitution of the state of Mississippi is hereby amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION TO READ:Section 33. Person defined. As used in this Article III of the state constitution, “The term ‘person’ or ‘persons’ shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.”This initiative shall not require any additional revenue for implementation.

Forever In Hell, unlike me ,is not pleased with this. But her blog alerted me to this so she needs to get the web hits. See her entry Personhood Initiative which has the interesting links.

A further note. Besides the Abortion and cloning politics of this there is a important opportunity for Orthodox Catholics in Mississippi. Would this not be a good time to explore Catholic teaching with your pro-life Protestant neighbors on other reproductive technologies. Such as In Vitro fertilization? It would seem the amendment , though perhaps not my authors intent, touches on that issue?