how do i kill a rock?
Couldn't we ask Muhammad Ali?
One of their trademarks is to make up their mind about things before they know anything about them, and then refuse to listen to reason when confronted with facts.
There are nuts on all sides, but these "Christian" conservative types take the cake. Sad to say, I've actually had students--college freshmen--who didn't realize that there was not an established religion in the United States. And they had trouble grasping the concept, or recognizing the conflict that presented with their supposed valuing of "freedom."
During Women's Week down at UNC in '04, this group called "Feminists for Life" held a talk during
the Take Back the Night Rally (way to play for the team, there...) I went to listen and see if I could learn anything about where they're coming from, try to better understand the Bible-belt mentality (after 3 years, it was still hard).
OK, honestly?... I got a buzz on and made a noisy nuisance of myself by asking pointed questions, which the speaker mostly couldn't answer. I did get her to admit she thought there were cases where abortion should be allowed, and even supported by public funds.
But what really surprised me was when I countered her claim that abortion is really risky. It isn't. Like it or not, medical abortion is statistically safer than childbirth. But this crowd? They didn't want to hear it--I got shouted down. They bring their own "facts" to the table, and that's it--no debate, just belief.