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Dr. Seuss's message was not "all life is sacred" but rather "all humans are the same inside." "Horton Hears a Who" was meant as a lesson that no matter what you look like or what language you speak or any other of the ways we segment society, ALL persons are deserving of respect.
He never intended at all for his work to be used in the way you suggest. I gather his wife has a better idea of the intent of his work than any of us, and her demand that it NOT be used by the PL movement speaks louder than your suggestion.
neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law
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Cooper, February 10, 1814
Sandy, I agree with everything you said! It doesn't matter if you look at the book religiously or not.
yes! embryos are humans.
yes! some people look like 2 cells and some people look like lots of cells.
<< or what language you speak >>
right! like the way we segment them into the born and the non-born
yes! and why are people deserving of respect?
Since those things are what the book is about, it's not really "twisting" his message. It's just keeping to its truth, but unfortunately for Dr. Seuss if he was not pro-life, he was violating the truth of his own book in an area unacknowledged by him.
~if he was not pro-life, he was violating the truth of his own book in an area unacknowledged by him~
Dr. Seuss/Ted Geisel made it abundantly clear that he disliked the use of his words in the anti-abortion fight. He was speaking against racism and extreme nationalism and NOT in "defense of the unborn." Both he and his wife had sued to make the PL groups stop using his words in their ad campaigns.
"Horton Hears a Who" is more about the protection of a country or whole socio/economic group of individuals. He in particular wrote in response to the use of the atomic bomb against Japan.
Mr. Geisel's views on abortion are unknown. If he had wished for his words to be taken in support of your cause, he wouldn't have sued to stop it.
""If he had wished for his words to be taken in support of your cause, he wouldn't have sued to stop it.""
I absolutely agree with this.
Lori**Navy Wife to Eddie since Dec 2002**
Man, no kidding! Nothing like taking something completely out of context. But then taking things out of context, and assigning words only one black and white meaning pretty much sums up a few of those on the PL side. Thank goodness most people understand that context has meaning.
Never been to that site before. Have read the book.
I am FULLY aware that the book was not written with the issue of abortion in mind. But it doesn't matter. It works.