This is a powerful thread on an explosive issue and I think it raises some useful issues and points from a variety of perspectives. But let's focus on the dialogue aspect of the discussion rather than on the differences of opinion that are bound to arise. We all have good and valid reasons for feeling the way we do; please grant that to the other guy as well.
Let's also watch out for comments that can be taken personally, and at the same time recognize that on a subject like this others are bound to dispute your point no matter where you stand on the issue. Let's try to avoid either expressing disagreement as an attack or interpreting it as an attack.
Larry, aka roadrunner
Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway.
Nobody living can make me turn back:
This land was made for you and me. (Woody Guthrie)