When he gets to my post, John offers the following observation:
Jeremy, that was too easy. Why not pick more challenging topics? The quality of public debate on issues like legal and illegal immigration is abysmal: why not raise the bar? Is it possible to be a Christian environmentalist? Why not take on the huge amount of nonsense associated with environmentalism – and anti-environmentalism?
I wasn't sure what to make of this. I could see someone saying something like that and intending it seriously. It may be that he thinks those topics are more challenging, and he thinks there's a great need for clarity on them, while any thinking Christian should see the things I pointed out. I actually agree, to an extent. The reason I wrote on this topic was because I could do it quickly after a long day of trying to recover from basically four days of driving and two days of interviewing while taking care of the kids mostly by myself since we've been back because Sam hasn't been feeling too great. So I needed something I could whip up quickly.
On the other hand, John may be joking. Bioethics issues can be hard, and thoughtful Christians can disagree on them. This particular issue does have good points on both sides. The awful rhetoric on both sides of the immigration and environmental debates is extremely easy to poke holes in, so I can see how someone might think those debates would be easier to say something intelligent about.