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February 25, 2005

The New Peculiar Institution

Joe Carter considers The New Peculiar Institution: Abortion, Embryos, and Property Rights:

"Prior to abolition, slavery in the U.S. was often referred to as the “peculiar institution.” The phrase was used not because chattel slavery was considered unusual but because the English word peculiar is derived from the Latin peculiaris – personal property. While the concept of human beings as personal property may seem anachronistic, abortion supporters are left with few alternatives but to accept the semantic shift in order to continue to justify denying the dignity of the unborn."

Posted by Jim at February 25, 2005 09:09 AM

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