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Fascinating discussion -- though the interest for me was more in what Gushee and Kissling were willing to state from the beginning than in the actual dialog, which frankly didn't seem to confront any serious disagreements head on. Gushee in particular seemed unwilling to explore his areas of disagreement with Kissling. Does he think abortion is murder, or doesn't he?

Despite the fact that this dialog was intended as an encounter between two people who disagree deeply, in reality the "civil" character of the conversation seemed to have a firm foundation in the belief of everyone involved that the pro-life movement has badly damaged politics in this country. That's a truth I also consider axiomatic. But it's hardly a real dialog when everyone's already-agreed-upon enemy never shows his face.