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I received this very nice message from reader Diane today:

Dear Mr. Mitchell, Maybe it would help to forward the attached article on to “Marty” who does not trust Mitt Romney’s conversion to pro-life. He also could be reminded that the message of our Savior, Jesus Christ, is that you are never too old to be touched by truth and changed. Furthermore I greatly revere the attributes of being humble enough to recognize truth and then being willing to change for it, especially when it must be done publicly. These are the attributes of a true and selfless leader. Hopefully Marty is not too old or too unwilling to be touched and changed. Thanks for all of your good thoughts and support of Mitt.

The article in question is Kathleen Parker’s syndicated column on “flip flops” which, although it contains some interesting language, makes a good point:

Did Romney change his tune for political gain? Or did he risk his political future by changing his mind?
In fact, Romney has never supported same-sex marriage, which wasn’t even on the table in 1994 when he said he supported “full equality” for gays. In the context of the times, equality generally meant protecting gays from overt hostilities. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling to allow same-sex marriage wasn’t until Nov. 18, 2003.
On life issues, Romney isn’t the first person to change his mind after closer scrutiny. Technological advances have forever changed the abortion debate, allowing us to see what we weren’t able to see before and making ethical decisions all the more challenging.
Embryonic stem cell research, on the other hand, is so abstract and complex that most Americans probably can’t explain what it is exactly. They just know that pro-lifers, generally associated with the religious right, are against it; and Michael J. Fox is for it.
In a popularity contest, Fox wins over Falwell.
Romney found the stem cell debate so complicated that he called in the nation’s top scientists for a private tutorial. What many Americans may not know about Romney is that he’s a nerd. A Harvard-educated wonk, he’s the kind of guy whose class notes you could borrow (if he’d let you) and know that you got the whole story.
After studying the data, Romney decided that life begins at conception. Explaining his position on cloning in a March
2005 opinion piece for The Boston Globe, he wrote:
“Once cloning occurs, a human life is set in motion. Calling this process ‘somatic cell nuclear transfer,’ or conveniently dismissing the embryo as a mere ‘clump of cells,’ cannot disguise the reality of what occurs.”
From that position, all other life decisions flow.
Romney does support a promising alternative form of stem cell research that has received little media attention, probably because it isn’t sexy enough to compete with Paris, Lindsay and Britney. I’ll try to juice it up.
It’s called “altered nuclear transfer” FREE PORN!, which offers the same elasticity and applications as embryonic stem cells NUDE LIVE GIRLS!, but without creating an embryo. Ergo, no life destroyed.
There now, that wasn’t so bad. All of which is to say that Romney did the nerd-wonk thing: He studied, he listened, he changed his mind.

Oh, and to be clear–I don’t support Governor Romney just because he is a fellow nerd. FYI.
Now, wasn’t Diane’s e-mail nice?

About Charles Mitchell

EFM's resident Yankee, Charles Mitchell, works in the non-profit arena in his native Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Charissa, live near the state capital of Harrisburg with their daughter, Adeline, and are members of a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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